[Sust-mar] Farmers Harvest Benefits of Local Foods Plus

IBS ibs_pei at yahoo.com
Wed Aug 12 07:27:57 EDT 2009

Dear Friends,
Please help us to spread the news about LFP. Please 
forward this to farmers, the media and friends in Atlantic Canada.
Thank you.
Phil and Nancy


Farmers across the country are 
signing up with Local Foods Plus, so they can display the highly sought and 
widely recognized LFP sticker on their products that assures consumers they are 
buying locally and sustainably produced foods. 
Now Maritime farmers can also join in 
on this massive marketing movement that is attracting the attention of consumers 
throughout Canada.
Local Foods Plus is a Toronto based 
non-profit company that is now officially certifying producers of local, 
sustainable foods in all Canadian provinces. To be recognized by LFP the food 
must be produced in local regions in a way that is gentle on the environment and 
strict on worker and animal rights. In a word, it is ethical food.  "We're 
not just looking at where it comes from or simply the production system, either. 
This is a broader package," said Local Food Plus vice-president Mike 
Since it launched last fall, Local Food 
Plus has given its stamp of approval to 50 farmers and food processors.  
The University of Toronto now buys 15 per cent of 
its food from 
LFP-certified farms, and many restaurants and grocery stores are following suit 
as public demand grows.  
A recent poll by Friends of the 
Greenbelt Foundation in Ontario shows 91 per cent 
of consumers would buy 
locally grown food if they could find it in their grocery stores, and this rate 
of demand can now be applied to most Canadian cities. "People will buy locally 
grown food if it's convenient for them," said Schreiner. 
Maritime farmers interested in learning 
more about LFP certification are encouraged to contact The Institute for 
Bioregional Studies at 902 367-0397 or email ibs_pei at yahoo.com.   
 Phil Ferraro and Nancy Willis
Institute for Bioregional Studies Ltd.
114 Upper Prince Street, Charlottetown 
Prince Edward Island Canada  C1A 4S3
"Restoring Community, Protecting the Land and Informing the Earth’s Stewards"

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