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September 14th, 2019

Bold NDP Climate Plan Boosts Locally Grown Food

KINGSTON – NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh brought his bold climate plan to a local farmers market to highlight the role of local food in addressing the climate crisis.

“The time for delay and denial is over – we need to act. Our plan to fight climate change will create at least 300,000 new jobs, save families money, and take on big polluters. We’re going to follow the science and do what’s needed to keep warming below 1.5 degrees,” said Singh.

At the Kingston Farmer’s Market, Singh talked with local farmers about how the changing climate is impacting them, as growing conditions become more unpredictable. Despite the importance of our food system in confronting the climate crisis, Liberal and Conservative governments have left farmers to struggle with a rapidly changing climate and mounting financial stress on their own – while Canadian families want more access to local food.

“When we support local farmers – everyone wins. Buying locally grown products is good for the environment and the economy,” said Singh. “When it comes to the climate crisis, we’re all in this together – and more healthy local food on Canadians’ plates is part of the solution.”

The NDP’s New Deal for People commits to a Canadian Food Strategy that will help connect Canadians to farmers with initiatives like local food hubs that link local producers to consumers, and community-supported agriculture, so people can enjoy healthy, local food while doing their part to tackle climate change.