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Regional Food Systems

Not all citizens have access to adequate, healthy food despite the bounty of local farms in Hastings and Prince Edward counties, and many farmers face challenges with sustainability and getting their products to the public. The way local food is grown, processed, distributed, marketed, accessed and consumed contributes to community health. When a community invests in healthy local food, they invest in good health. 

Key Facts

Improving regional/local food systems:

  • Increases availability of healthy and safe food in the community.
  • Helps reduce packaging waste and vehicle emissions.
  • Promotes sustainability of local food producers and fosters economic growth.
  • Ensures future availability of environmentally and socially responsible food within communities.


Fact Sheet - Healthy Local Food Matters for Health 

Visit the Community Assessments page to learn about the level of support for healthy local food policy in your municipality.

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