Spring 2018 -Bill 7: Supporting Alberta’s Local Food Sector Act
The Alberta government is taking new steps to raise the profile of local food producers, and supporting the province’s $1-billion local food industry by tabling the Supporting Alberta’s Local Food Sector Act.
The government engaged with a wide variety of stakeholders that identified opportunities for the local food industry in the areas of market development, consumer awareness and education, policy and collaboration, access to capital and regulations.
The local food sector is an important contributor to a strong and diversified agriculture industry and the provincial economy, complementing the well-established commodity and export sectors.
Consumer interest in, and demand for, local food continues to grow and meeting the demand for local food creates tremendous opportunities for Alberta producers and processors
A local food act in Alberta will help the local food sector realize its full potential by:
- appointing a Local Food Council to make recommendations to support continued growth and sustainability of the local food sector,
- designating a local food week, and
- setting standards for local organic food.