NFU-NB applauds Local Food Security Bill

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After many years of calling for government to implement a local food policy to support New Brunswick agricultural production, the National Farmers Union in New Brunswick is thrilled that MLA David Coon presented the Local Food Security Bill to the Provincial Legislature on Feb. 11.

This bill provides a strong regulatory framework that would support the province’s local food economy, including a baseline assessment to fully understand how much food is currently produced in NB and how much of that food is consumed by New Brunswickers.

Food is one thing that all New Brunswickers require on a daily basis and food security is an issue that affects and unites all people. The NFU-NB believes that the implementation of a provincial food system that encourages food production and procurement from within the province will help create a more stable economic outlook for our farmers, as well as further generate rural employment and sustain rural economies.

This bill calls for a labelling system that will identify New Brunswick produced and processed foods with a minimum of 80% of ingredients produced or harvested in NB.  This will recognize the work of our farmers and make it easily identifiable by consumers whether they buy their food in the grocery store or at the farmers market.

The NFU in NB is calling on all MLAs, and in particular Agriculture, Aquaculture and Fisheries Minister Rick Doucet to stand up and say ‘yes’ to New Brunswick farmers and the future of food in our province.

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