Are vegetables and fruit important to good health?
In Wayne Robert’s recent interview on CTV he mentioned that
…there is no food strategy in Canada. We have lots of strategies for transportation and energy, but we have no strategy that’s coherent and links “what do we grow” to “what do we eat.
For instance, everyone knows that the cornerstone of a healthy diet is fruits and vegetables and yet there are probably less than five percent of the farms in Canada which produce fruit and vegetables…
Wayne brings up an interesting point. I was interested to see what the situation is like here in Ottawa. That can’t possibly be true with all of our local farms, CSA and farmer markets… can it?
Let’s google up some StatCan statistics:
Well, there are the facts from four years ago. I will be interested to see how our local story has changed once the 2011 Census of Agriculture has been published.
Looks like it doesn’t pay to be growing healthy human food either… Proportion of gross farm receipts by farm type for Ottawa-Gatineau’s Fruit & Veg producers was WAYYY below the average for similar producers in Ontario and Quebec.