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Canadian farmers celebrate local food at Ottawa's Downtown Diner

Canadian dairy, chicken, turkey and egg farmers along with special guest chef Lynn Crawford share how the system of supply management helps keep Canadian farms strong

OTTAWA – Canadian dairy, chicken, turkey and egg farmers are once again teaming up to host the Downtown Diner in Ottawa. The event is a unique opportunity to meet Canadian farmers and learn first-hand how they provide fresh, local, high-quality food to Canadians every single day, thanks to supply management.

Farmers are also welcoming celebrity chef Lynn Crawford, a champion of made-in-Canada food, to help Members of Parliament, Senators, Hill staffers and the public have a better understanding of how their food makes it from the farm to their plate.

“We are thrilled to bring Downtown Diner to Sparks Street in Ottawa for another year and to welcome Chef Lynn as our special guest,” said Roger Pelissero, Chairman of Egg Farmers of Canada. “Our farmers are proud to be working under the system of supply management, which has helped build sustainable and vibrant dairy, chicken, turkey and egg sectors for the generations to come.”

Farmers representing Chicken Farmers of Canada, Dairy Farmers of Canada, Egg Farmers of Canada, Turkey Farmers of Canada and Canadian Hatching Egg Producers are present at the Downtown Diner to share how Canada’s system of supply management allows them to deliver a stable supply of food products as well as answering questions about farming.

“The Diner is an exciting opportunity for Parliamentarians and the public to meet the farmers dedicated to producing fresh, local high-quality food for Canadians from coast to coast,” added Benoît Fontaine, Chair of Chicken Farmers of Canada.

Downtown Diner is currently taking place on Sparks Street outside the National Press Building until 2:00 P.M. Should you be interested in speaking with a spokesperson at the event, or for further information, please contact Lyne Robichaud at 613-809-9698.

About Egg Farmers of Canada

Now in its fifth decade as one of Canada’s leading agriculture organizations, Egg Farmers of Canada manages the national egg supply and promotes egg consumption while representing the interests of regulated egg farmers from coast to coast. For more information visit www.eggfarmers.ca.

About Chicken Farmers of Canada

Chicken Farmers of Canada is responsible for chicken raised and sold commercially in Canada. Chicken Farmers of Canada represents the 2,800 chicken farmers from coast to coast, and ensures that the chicken that reaches Canadian’s tables is safe, delicious, and raised to the highest standards: yours.

About Turkey Farmers of Canada

Turkey Farmers of Canada (TFC) is the national organization representing Canada’s 500+ turkey farmers. Created in 1974 under the federal Farm Products Agencies Act, the Agency encourages cooperation throughout the Canadian turkey industry, promotes the consumption of turkey meat, and oversees the supply management system for turkey in Canada. www.turkeyfarmersofcanada.ca.

About Dairy Farmers of Canada

Founded in 1934, Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC) is the national organization defending the interests of Canadian dairy farmers and striving to create favourable conditions for the Canadian dairy industry. Working within supply management, DFC promotes safe, high quality, sustainable, and nutritious Canadian dairy products made from 100% Canadian milk through various marketing, nutrition, policy, and lobbying initiatives. Driven by a strong sense of community and pride, DFC and Canadian dairy farmers actively support a number of local and national initiatives. Visit dairyfarmers.ca for more information.

About Canadian Hatching Egg Producers

Founded in 1986, the Canadian Hatching Egg Producers (CHEP) represents 225 farmers from British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec. Our mission is to continue to grow a profitable broiler hatching egg industry in Canada in order to ensure a strong, efficient and competitive industry and a dependable supply of quality broiler hatching eggs to the Canadian chicken industry.

Source : Egg Farmers of Canada