Dollars & Sense: Opportunities to Strengthen Southern Ontario’s Food System -
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The Dollars & Sense: Opportunities to Strengthen Southern Ontario's Food System study identifies ways Ontario can make changes to its food system to increase the supply of local food, create jobs, and support healthier lifestyles.
Encompassing the first research of its kind in Canada, the report, produced in partnership with the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation, the Metcalf Foundation, and the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation, looks at a number of scenarios. Key findings include:
- Reducing the top 10 fruit and vegetable imports by 10 per cent and expanding local production would help create 3,400 jobs and boost the province’s GDP by nearly a quarter billion dollars.
- Ontarians adopting a healthier diet leads to higher consumer demand for fruits, vegetables, and some grains. For example, if consumers moved to an ideal level of oat consumption in their diets, 241 jobs would be created and the province’s GDP would grow by more than $14.2 million.
- Transitioning 10 per cent of food consumption to organic would improve farm incomes and reduce the environmental impact of food production, but require imports of many products unless local organic production was increased.
The latest study from the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation captures the changes in agriculture from 2001 to 2011 and highlights the natural and locational advantages of farming in Ontario’s Greenbelt.
The report, Agriculture by the Numbers: Understanding the Greenbelt’s Unique Advantages, outlines changes in agriculture over time in the Greenbelt, compared to the Greater Golden Horseshoe and Ontario. Using data from Statistics Canada’s 2001, 2006, and 2011 Census of Agriculture, the paper looks at key variables such as number of farms, area farmed, use of farmland, production levels, and farm revenue.
Co-authoured by professor Wayne Caldwell, of the University of Guelph, and recognized expert on agricultural and rural planning issues, Farming in Ontario’s Greenbelt: Possibility Grows Here, provides recommendations to ensure economic prosperity and viability of farming in Ontario.Read more
Produced by Econometric Research Limited, this study identifies, quantifies and showcases the economic contributions of the Greenbelt on the provincial economy and local areas dependent on its resource base. It provides objective, meaningful and sound estimates of the economic contributions of the main economic activities in, or based on, the natural capital base of the Greenbelt.
The Living Greenbelt – 2.73 MB
In 2005, the Province established the Greenbelt as a legacy for generations of Ontarians to come. Adding more than 1 million acres of farmland and environmentally sensitive lands to the already protected Niagara Escarpment Biosphere Reserve and the Oak Ridges Moraine, the 1.8 million acre Greenbelt is intended to support multiple objectives including: (i) sustaining and nurturing the agricultural sector; (ii) protecting natural heritage systems; (iii) providing cultural, recreational and tourism opportunities; (iv) supporting viable rural communities; and, (v) ensuring sustainable infrastructure and natural resource practices. This report provides an overview of what is being done by the provincial and municipal governments to advance these objectives.Read more
The goal of permanently protecting Ontario’s Greenbelt is central to the vision articulated in the Greenbelt Plan.This report documents the experience of greenbelts around the globe and identifies lessons applicable to ensuring the permanence of Ontario’s Greenbelt, which this year achieves a five-year milestone. [The eleventh installment in the Occasional Paper Series presented by the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation.]
"Ontario's Greenbelt in an International Context" authored by Maureen Carter-WhitneyRead more
George Morris Centre Study – 3.41 MB
The agri-food industry is becoming increasingly competitive and global. Simultaneously, changing attitudes toward the environment, health and wellness, as well as viewing food as an experience rather than simply sustenance, are motivating consumers to reconnect with the source of the food they choose to consume, in order to verify its authenticity and overall value. A result of this trend is consumers’ increasing interest in local food.
Holland Marsh is one of two "Specialty Crop Areas in Ontario" and a recognized producer of a significant percentage of the vegetables grown in the province. This paper looks at the land base and agricultural profile of the Marsh, which then forms an economic analysis to calculate the financial contribution that primary production in the Marsh makes to the provincial economy annually. [The tenth installment in the Occasional Paper Series presented by the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation.]
"Holland Marsh Agricultural Impact Study" authored by Planscape Incorporated and Regional Analytics.Read more
Greening the Economy: Economic Stimuli and the Opportunity for Restructuring for Sustainability in Canada
The economy represents both risks and opportunities in terms of advancing environmental sustainability. This paper looks at the current economic situation and its effects on the Canadian environment . [The eighth installment in the Occasional Paper Series presented by the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation.] "Greening the Economy: Economic Stimuli and the Opportunity for Restructuring for Sustainability in Canada" by Mark S. Winfield, Assistant Professor for the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University.Read more
The focus of this report is on legal, regulatory, and institutional barriers identified through interviews with producers and other stakeholders who are currently participating in, and have knowledge of, the Greenbelt local food economy and supply chains.Read more