We are a farming family. We raise cattle and grow grain (barley, soy, peas, and other grains), and we also raise chickens. I write this blog post not only from the viewpoint of a farming family, but also from the perspective of a consumer and as a Canadian.
As a farming family, it is important for us to grow healthy food not only for our family, but for the public as well.
Support your Canadian Chicken Farmers
For us, there are so many reasons to support local farmers/producers and support buying Canadian.
Keeping our job here in Canada– whether it’s the farmer, the processor, or the shops we buy our meat and produce at, keeping jobs in Canada is important for our economy.
Who are Canada’s chicken farmers? 2,700 farm families across our nation, in every province, work hard every day to bring fresh, high-quality, Canadian-raised chicken to our dinner tables. Canada’s dairy, poultry and egg industries support over 330,000 jobs and contribute over $27 billion in GDP.
Chicken farmers work within a system called “supply management”, which matches supply to demand. It guarantees the future of chicken farming in Canada and ensures that the chicken you buy is of the highest quality. When you buy Canadian chicken, you support Canadian farmers.
I am writing this post in affiliation with www.chickenfarmers.ca, however, as always, all thoughts and opinions expressed on this blog are honest and my own.
Another reason to support Canadian chicken farmers
We have confidence in the safety (that the chickens are humanely produced, that best quality practices are in place). Chicken is Canada’s number one meat, because Canadians know that farmers follow world-class food safety, animal care, and quality standards.
The biggest thing about Canadian is that my husband and I feel confident about the quality and the health standards. We feel that Canadian chickens are produced in the highest standards in the world and that the farmers do a good job with best practices.
In discussing politics and the upcoming election, as well as agriculture and food safety at dinner the other night, my husband said, “We don’t have the same level of confidence in the product when it comes from other countries due to a) standards not being that of the level we have in Canada, and b) standards not always followed in other countries.”
Canada has very high standards when it comes to farming practices. We know this because we are farmers.
Canada may trade away the fresh, high-quality Canadian dairy, poultry and eggs that line our shelves today. More and more, imported products will displace the local, home-grown and reliable foods you trust, and place the livelihood of the farm families who grow them at risk.
You can show your support for Canadian Chicken Farmers by visiting http://www.chickenfarmers.ca/keep-chicken-canadian/ and sending a letter to all five party leaders telling them that you want your chicken to be Canadian.