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February 17, 2010
By Dave Harrison


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Greenhouse
veggies in 'Olympic' showcase

Canada
has the best food and the best athletes in the world, and the Government of
Canada showcased both in Vancouver at the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter
Games.


olympic_veggies_twoFeb. 17, 2010, Vancouver – Canada
has the best food and the best athletes in the world, and the Government of
Canada is showcasing both in Vancouver at the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic
Winter Games.

Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz hosted domestic and international media
to an early Games breakfast feast highlighting the safe, delicious and
high-quality foods that Canadian farmers produce. This event was part of the
federal government’s ongoing work to expand and re-invigorate international
markets.

“Our Government is proud to showcase the high quality food that our
farmers produce because we know consumers at home and around the world want to
buy it,” said Ritz. “We will always maximize every opportunity to promote
Canadian agriculture. We know that increased international trade will stimulate
economic growth and deliver benefits to all Canadians.”

The breakfast brought together a team of top Canadian chefs from across
the country, including Chef at Large Michael Smith, who each prepared distinct
dishes featuring key Canadian export ingredients. The menu featured a variety
of products including wheat, beef, pork, eggs, canola oil, maple syrup,
lentils, soybeans, and ice wine, along with greenhouse tomatoes and peppers.

olympic_chefs
Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz with a team of top Canadian
chefs from across the country promoting Canada’s safe, delicious and top
quality foods at the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. Photos courtesy AAFC

Ritz served up Canadian agriculture with farmer leaders from across the
country, which included representatives from the Canola Council of Canada,
Canadian Cattlemen’s Association, Canadian Beef Export Federation, Canadian
Pork Council, Dairy Farmers of Canada, Canadian Horticulture Council, and
Vincor Canada.

“When our Canadian athletes step on to the podium, we know the safe,
nutritious food Canadian farmers produce helped to get them there,” said Ritz.
“Our world-class athletes continue to prove that Canadian farmers produce food
that truly is the choice of champions.”

In 2008 Canada exported $42.8 billion worth of food and agriculture to
195 countries. 

For more information and to view the recipes, go to www.eatCanadian.ca.

 

 



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