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December 3rd, 2014

Another 5,000 farms disappear under Conservatives

New numbers from Statistics Canada reveal that the number of farms in Canada continues to decline.

“In just one year, almost 5,000 farms of all sizes disappeared from the Canadian landscape. We need to act now to help farming families and protect our local food system,” said Agriculture critic Malcom Allen (Welland), “With food prices going up, the last thing we need is less security in our food supply.”

Earlier this year, New Democrats raised the alarm that less than a tenth of farms are operated by an owner under the age of 40.

“Conservatives are turning a blind eye as our rural economies suffer. We need to give our family farms the support they need before they disappear,” added deputy critic Ruth Ellen Brosseau (Berthier – Maskinongé).