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Bring Home the World - A Report on Ontario's World Foods
Recognizing the diversity of Ontarians, their diverse tastes, and
their contributions to growing the agri-food sector, the Province
has been engaging Ontarians to hear their thoughts and ideas about
the opportunities of increasing access to Ontario-grown World Foods.
We invite you to read the World
Ontario's World Foods Report is a part of the Bring Home the World
campaign. This initiative is designed to promote World Foods as
part of Ontario's Local Food
Locally grown World Foods are those which can be produced, harvested
or processed in Ontario that reflect the diversity of the province's
Ontario is a strong supporter of local food production and sales.
Since 2003, the government has invested more than $190 million in
initiatives and projects that help promote and celebrate the good
things that are grown, harvested and made in Ontario.
Examples of Ontario world foods may include:
- Fruits and vegetables - fuzzy melon, bok choy, specialty eggplant
- Proteins - goat meat, shrimp, edamame
- Dairy - goat or sheep milk, lassi (yogurt-based drink), labneh
- Grains - quinoa
World foods can also be part of an internationally inspired recipe
using locally-sourced ingredients, or as part of a culturally important
or religiously required diet, such as Halal processed foods.
OMAFRA World Foods Supports
OMAFRA has resources and initiatives already in place that support
World Foods in Ontario.
- Ontario-grown World Foods are promoted in over 600 food and
lifestyle media outlets through recipe releases and television
appearances. World crops and their use in international recipes
have been promoted through Foodland
Ontario's social and digital media channels (e.g. Twitter,
Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and the website) and in 2017,
the Foodland Ontario calendar features 'Deliciously inspired international
recipes featuring local ingredients'. Over 500,000 have been distributed,
predominately through Ontario grocery stores. Ontario retailers
also use Foodland Ontario point-of-sale materials, such as commodity
cards or international recipe cards to promote World Foods grown
in Ontario. Recently, Foodland Ontario partnered with T&T
Supermarkets to create an Asian greens banner promoting grown
in Ontario - across eight stores in Ontario.
- A resource
available to assist growers to transition to specialty crops,
including world crops, with information on crop research and trials.
Agriculture Business Management - Website
- A website filled
with resources for farming businesses to help manage production
and marketing information, farm business diversification, budgeting,
workshops, events, and newsletters.
Starting a Farm in Ontario: Business Information Bundle for New
- Resources for potential new farmers and newcomer farmers with
information on crops, expansion, and early market decisions, including
world crops. In addition, OMAFRA collaborates with organizations
like Farm Management Canada
to build capacity-building resources for potential and new farm
Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence
- A program that recognizes
the innovative contributions of producers, processors, agri-food
organizations and rural communities in Ontario.
- The Crown Agency Agricorp offers crop insurance on 25 different
world crops. Visit Agricorp's website
for more information.
For more information:
Toll Free: 1-877-424-1300