Halton Region first region in Canada to adopt local sustainable food procurement practices

Halton Region first region in Canada to adopt local sustainable food procurement practices

Release Date: Apr 21, 2010

Halton Region has become the first region in Canada to adopt local sustainable food procurement practices for its municipal food services. An agreement with Local Food Plus (LFP) will bring fresh, local sustainable food to the cafeteria at Halton Regional Centre (1151 Bronte Road, view map external link), and help support Ontario's farm economy while reducing green house gas emissions.

"We recognize that our food purchasing decisions have an environmental, economic and social impact," said Halton Regional Chair Gary Carr. "Our decision to incorporate Ontario-grown sustainable food into our food contracts and services at the Region is a reflection of the commitment we have to reducing the ecological footprint associated with Halton Region's operations and creating solutions that will make Halton Region and Ontario more sustainable."

Based in Toronto, LFP is a non-profit organization that certifies Ontario farmers and processors who follow a strict set of sustainable practices such as reduced pesticide use, safe and fair labour conditions, humane care for livestock, and reduced on-farm energy use. The organization then links Certified Local Sustainable farmers and processors with food service contractors, restaurants, and grocery stores to successfully establish local sustainable food procurement initiatives.

With the assistance of LFP, Halton will ensure a portion of the total value of total food purchased comes from Certified Local Sustainable farmers in Ontario.

“We’re delighted to be working with Halton Region,” said Lori Stahlbrand, President of Local Food Plus. “This is the first time that an entire region has made a commitment to local sustainable food procurement. This commitment brings farmers and urban residents together to create jobs and improve the environment.”

For more information about Local Food Plus visit www.localfoodplus.ca external link.

The Regional Municipality of Halton serves more than 450,000 residents in the City of Burlington, the Town of Halton Hills, the Town of Milton, and the Town of Oakville. Halton Region is committed to meeting the needs of its residents through the delivery of cost-effective, quality programs and services, including water and wastewater; Regional roads and planning; emergency medical services; waste management; public health; Ontario Works (formerly social assistance); children’s and seniors’ services; social/non-profit housing; heritage programs; emergency management and economic development. For more information, dial 311 or visit Halton Region’s website at www.halton.ca.

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Media Contacts:
Jane MacCaskill
Commissioner Corporate Services & Regional Treasurer
Halton Region
Tel. 905-825-6000, ext. 6005

Sharon Will
Halton Region
Tel. 905-825-6000, ext. 7490
Sharon.Will@halton.ca