Farmers and Food

Farmers and Food

  • Support rural job creation and incomes by investing in rural infrastructure, research and innovation, plant-based manufacturing products, distribution hubs, farmer co-ops, organic and specialty crops.
  • Invest in better broadband infrastructure for rural and remote communities.
  • Reward farmers for stewardship practices that provide environmental and community benefits such as clean water, habitat preservation, soil health and carbon storage.
  • Eliminate tax penalties and reduce zoning restrictions to facilitate local, on-farm food enterprises and innovative sources of farm income.
  • Improve income stabilization programs so they are more accessible for family farms, cover a wider range of products and don’t penalize farmers who experience bad years.
  • Set measurable Ontario food purchasing targets for all public institutions.
  • Pass the Organic Products Act, which would establish a standard definition for Organic, so that any producers use of the term can be backed up by third-party certification that they use sound practices that protect our water and soil.
  • Establish an Ontario Food and Farming Policy Council to coordinate planning across ministries and consult diverse stakeholders.
  • Increase funding support for local food and beverage processors to create jobs and support Ontario farmers.
  • Implement a school food program to ensure students have access to healthy, local sustainable food that they help grow and that is produced in large part by local farmers or by students at the schools.
  • Support community food hubs to empower people to grow and make their own food, to improve food literacy and to support community gardens and kitchens.
  • Reward farmers for stewardship practices that provide environmental and community benefits such as clean water, habitat preservation, soil health and carbon storage.
  • Provide incentives for pollinator-friendly farming practices and invest in research about the economic value of wild pollinators for farmers and their crops.
  • Protect local food supplies with a complete ban on the use of neonicotinoid pesticides. Experts agree that these are killing off bee populations, a key pollinator in the food chain, and threatening our food system by building up to toxin levels in our groundwater.
  • Provide incentives and assistance for farmers to use less fertilizer and to better control farm field runoff.