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Alberta has an abundance of fresh local foods right on our doorstep, and I encourage Albertans to support local producers and processors and spend money on locally grown food; it keeps your money in your community and in our province.
Agriculture is a key economic driver for economic recovery and growth in Alberta, contributing billions to our GDP and employing nearly 70,000 Albertans. Agriculture has always been a major economic contributor, but the past few years of record-setting highs in food and beverage manufacturing have really put the spotlight on the enormous potential for Alberta’s food industry.
There are many ways to support Canadian agriculture and Alberta local food, such as visiting local producers, processors, distillers and brewers, shopping the local food section in your grocery store, ordering from a restaurant that serves local food or visiting your community farmers’ market.
When you buy from a farmers’ market or at the farm gate, you are doing more than just supporting an industry and our economy - you are directly supporting another family and learning where your food comes from and how it was made, grown or raised.
Our province has a well-earned reputation for safe, high-quality agricultural products, supported by our robust regulatory and food safety systems. Alberta’s government works to make sure international markets remain open to Alberta agricultural and food products. Alberta is committed to research, innovation and ongoing evaluation of best-practices for modern farming.
We know that 2020 and 2021 have been challenging years for many producers, and our government stands with Alberta’s agriculture and food processing sector. I encourage Albertans to celebrate our agriculture and food sector on February 22 for Canadian Agriculture Day, and year round!
Nate Horner served as Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Rural Economic Development from November 5, 2021 to October 24, 2022.