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Canadians celebrate with locally grown foods


December 23, 2011
By BMO

Dec. 23, 2011 – As family and friends gather to celebrate the holidays and ring in the
New Year, Canadians are looking to put more locally grown food on the
table.

Dec. 23, 2011 – As family and friends gather to celebrate the holidays and ring in the
New Year, Canadians are looking to put more locally grown food on the
table.

According
to a BMO survey, the majority of Canadians (94 per cent) believe it’s
important to support local farmers and buy local on a regular basis.

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“Canadians understand the significant contribution our farm families,
and the agricultural industry as a whole, make to Canada’s national
economy,” said David Rinneard, national manager, agriculture, BMO Bank
of Montreal. “By buying locally, it supports an industry that is
currently responsible for one in eight jobs directly and accounts for
approximately eight per cent of Canada’s total GDP.”

• Canada is the world’s fourth largest agriculture exporter and sixth
largest importer, accounting for a combined $63 billion in global trade.

• Local farmers’ markets are responsible for over $1 billion in sales and have a total economic effect of over $3 billion.

• 94 per cent of Canadians believe it’s important to buy locally grown produce and wine on a regular basis.

• The agricultural sector accounts for approximately eight per cent of Canada’s total Gross Domestic Product.

BMO’s survey also revealed that Canadians try to purchase the following home-grown products always or frequently:

• Poultry (77 per cent).

• Vegetables (77 per cent).

• Beef (75 per cent).

• Fruit (70 per cent).

• Cheese (70 per cent).

“By visiting a nearby farmers’ market or surveying your grocery store,
many of the typical holiday menu items such as turkey, ham, beef,
vegetables, grains, and beverages including wine and beer, can be bought
from local producers,” added Rinneard.

BMO also reminds Canadians that while the holidays are a great
opportunity to spend time and celebrate with family and friends, there
are many who will not have a holiday table of their own. “At BMO we
believe it is important to be part of the community, and encourage
Canadians to donate to a United Way food bank or community organization;
this can help ensure those with limited resources can sit down to a
healthy, nutritious meal this holiday season,” said Rinneard.


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