Thanksgiving is a time to celebrate the harvest and, if a Private Member's Bill introduced in the House of Commons last week passes, it will be a time to recognize the work of Canadian farmers.

    Bill C-579 would make every Friday prior to Thanksgiving a nationally-recognized "Local Food Day."

    "The idea is to really recognize what Canadian producers do, the quality of the product their providing, and the fact it's at a very reasonable price," says Ron Bonnett, president of the Canadian Federation of Agriculture. "It goes even beyond food. It's about the economic activity they create in rural communities, all of the environmental benefits that we're providing for society and just overall, contributing to the health of Canada."

    The bill was introduced by Welland, Ontario NDP Member of Parliament Malcolm Allen.

~ Tuesday, October 12, 2010 ~