Quebec Aims for Food Sovereignty

Quebec Aims for Food Sovereignty

The Pauline Marois government wants to protect local farmland and get major food chains, as well as public institutions to buy local products.

According to information obtained recently, these are the main goals of their policy on food sovereignty that will be presented by the Minister of Agriculture, François Gendron.

Quebec wants to encourage businesses to adopt a policy of supplying homegrown products from Quebec, namely these businesses include Metro, IGA and Provigo.

The Government will also ensure that its institutions, including hospitals, serve meals with produce grown in Quebec.

The policy also dwells on the importance of protecting farmland, which is being eaten up by thousands of hectares every year due to increasing urban sprawl.

Quebec also plans to amend the law on land acquisition by non-residents, so that the land can remain in the hands farmers and not property speculators, as asked by the Union of Agricultural Producers (UPA).

Essentially the Marois government wants to support the next generation of agriculture by helping farmers adapt to new changes and by helping them to increasing their crop yields and profitability.

Quebec will then develop its action plan to implement its policies regarding food sovereignty.

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LifeinQuebec.com Staff Writer

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