Correctional institutions ordered to buy local

Justin Dickie
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AMHERST All correctional institutions across the province have been directed to purchase local commodities whenever possible, effective immediately.

AMHERST All correctional institutions across the province have been directed to purchase local commodities whenever possible, effective immediately.

Justice Minister Murray Scott announced yesterday that all facilities under his department will support the Select Nova Scotia campaign by using as many local food products as possible, including meat, fish, fowl, groceries, dairy products, and baked goods.

Scott said that the facilities under his department may have already been purchasing local for the most part, but he made the decision to make sure everyone is doing so.

Whether were talking about pork, or beef, or poultry, or apples, or juices, or whatever, it could affect a tremendous amount of producers and suppliers in this province, he said of the campaign. Its very important that we support our own industry as much as we can.

Atlantic Farmers Council chair and past president of the Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture Doug Bacon was pleased to hear the news.

Im pretty happy about the whole thing. Its something weve been working on for a long time, Bacon said. Its very gratifying to see (Scott) implement something thats been in the works for awhile.

Bacon said the Select Nova Scotia campaign is not only a plus for producers, but its also beneficial for consumers.

We see food coming in from other countries, China, Mexico, or whatever, and they dont meet the same health criteria we have in Canada or this province. Basically, we take our food for being always there and always the quality that were used to, but in todays world it may not be guaranteed that its always going to be there, Bacon said.



jdickie@amherstdaily.com

Organizations: Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture Doug Bacon

Geographic location: China, Mexico, Canada

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