Boosting local food consumption part of NB economic growth plan

The province says boosting local food consumption in New Brunswick is part of the economic growth plan.

Agriculture, Aquaculture and Fisheries Minister Rick Doucet says buying local fosters job creation, and reduces New Brunswick's carbon footprint.

He says New Brunswick has a large quantity of farmland, and a long history of agricultural success and that will help grow the economy.

Doucet says demand for locally grown and produced goods has been revitalized in recent years thanks to the popularity of farmers' markets and an interest in niche and regional foods.

The department is leading the implementation of the government's Local Food and Beverage Strategy, with co-operation from the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, the Department of Health, and Opportunities NB.