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Country 105

Agriculture Report

Calls for National Food Policy

By Fadi Didi

The group PROOF Claims four million Canadians experience some level of food insecurity.

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There are renewed calls for a national food policy as concerns over the number of Canadians living in so-called food-insecure households grows.

PROOF is a research group studying the situation -- and it says rising grocery prices are only making the situation worse.

It claims four million Canadians experience some level of food insecurity.

Stats show more than 850-thousand Canadians rely on food banks monthly.

In his mandate letter to Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAuley, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau instructed him to develop a food policy, but made no mention of affordable food.


More restaurants will soon start serving cage free eggs.

The owner of Jack Astor's and Canyon Creek restaurants is the latest to make the announcement.

In fact, S-I-R Corp says all 64 of its restaurants will make the shift by September.

Several other companies have pledged to start dishing up only cage-free eggs -- like McDonald's Tim Hortons and Starbucks.

Most of those companies, however, said it will take between four and 10 years to make the change.


The Ontario Craft Cider Association says it's pleased with the announcent that cider and wine will be available in some grocery stores in the province.

Premier Kathleen Wynne says an initial block of 70 universal licences for grocery stores to sell wine and beer will be allocated this summer.

Wynne also announced that cider can be sold in any grocery store that sells beer.

She adds the program allowing V-Q-A wines to be sold at farmers' markets will expand to include fruit wines and craft cider.

By 2025 -- Ontario could see beer and wine sold in 300 grocery stores, with a further 150 selling beer only.



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