Consultations underway for farm/food sustainability plan

A coalition of Ontario farm organizations is working together with the food and beverage sector in an effort to clarify and streamline sustainability initiatives. According to a press release, the initial consultation process aims to “ create assessment equivalency and harmonize verification” among the many sustainability codes and standards throughout the farm and food value chain.

Gord Surgeoner, chair of the Sustainable Farm and Food Coalition Steering Committee, has said “Sustainability programs are an increasingly common request across the Canadian and global food and farming sector … This is good news in terms of responding to environmental, social, and economic priorities, however, without some harmonization of these initiatives, both farmers and consumers will face dizzying array of programs.”

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