A Message from Canada’s Minister of Agriculture
On Food Day Canada – this Saturday, July 31 — I encourage everyone to use the finest ingredients grown and raised by Canadian farmers and savour Canada!
Our Government takes every opportunity to highlight the top quality food that our farmers produce because we know consumers at home and around the world will enjoy it.
Most recently, I was joined at the Calgary Stampede by the “First-lady of Food” Anita Stewart, as I like to call her. Along with some awesome Canadian chefs including Food Day chef Chris Aerni from New Brunswick and an array of farm leaders, we hosted an international media breakfast to spread the good word about the safe, high quality and mouthwatering flavours of Canadian food. Within a few hours, the plates were empty and reporters were heading home with a great story to tell! We will continue to promote Canadian food and agriculture products, knowing that increased international trade stimulates economic growth and delivers benefits to all Canadians.
Chances are, no matter where you are in the world, a Canadian food product or one made with Canadian ingredients is either on your table or close at hand. People around the globe are now starting to recognize Canada for producing delicious, world-class food and we are hard at work to bring those products to their doorstep.
What better day than Food Day to celebrate Canada’s hard working farm families and their important contribution to our economy, our country, and the health of consumers at home and around the world? No matter what day it is, there’s nothing I enjoy better than spending time with family and friends around feast of Canadian food including barbequed ribeye steaks in a heart-smart canola based marinade, bacon wrapped scallops and fresh whole wheat bread just to name a few!
On Food Day and every day of the year, everyone is encouraged to cook, grill and enjoy Canada’s safe, high-quality food!
Thank you farm families!
Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz, M.P. for Battlefords-Lloydminster, Saskatchewan
In the Photo: Minister Ritz, Joanne Buth (President of the Canola Council of Canada) and Rossmount Inn Chef/Co-owner, Chris Aerni. They are serving forth an Atlantic Lobster Eggs Benedict on Yukon Gold Rosti with Micro Greens and Wild Blueberry/Canola Vinaigrette! IT WAS FABULOUS!!!!