Food and Farming Action Plan
The Golden Horseshoe food and farming cluster is vital to the economic health of Ontario and Canada.
The one million acres of farmland under production in the region generate in excess of $1.5 billion in gross farm receipts annually from a production profile that includes 200 different agriculture commodities. When the value of food processing is factored in, the annual economic activity is estimated at $12.3 billion. This economic activity is estimated to contribute $35 billion annually to the Canadian economy through the multiplier effect and creates thousands of jobs.
To ensure the on-going vitality of the area’s food and farming cluster, the GTA AAC, in partnership with the Region of Niagara and the City of Hamilton has developed and released a 10-year Golden Horseshoe Food and Farming Action Plan.
“Food can play a powerful role in promoting health as well as building strong communities, protecting the environment and strengthening the economy. That is why food is such an effective vehicle to connect people to one another, to their neighbours and their cities.” – Dr. David McKeown, Medical Officer of Health, City of Toronto, May 2010
Want to learn more about agriculture in the Golden Horseshoe over the years?
Our blog post here has more information.