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Certified Local Sustainable

The L in LOFT is not always easily accomplished and can get even more complicated when you add sustainability to the mix.

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Local Food Plus (LFP) is a Canadian non-profit aiming to educate consumers, producers, and distributors about the benefits (and standards) of local and sustainable foods. LFP developed criteria to certify local sustainable foods so that consumers know, and understand, exactly what they’re purchasing.

The definition of local is often ambiguous ranging from 100km radius to within a province or group of provinces. Likewise, sustainable is overwhelmed with limitless conditions. LFP seeks to amalgamate the two concepts identifying local sustainable food as:

  • being grown or caught, processed, and marketed locally
  • financially viable for all stakeholders (not just chain retailers/distributors)
  • ecologically responsible
  • meat from producers who treat animals with respect and without reliance on artificial hormones or drugs
  • socially responsible workplaces (fair wages, fair treatment)
  • energy conservation (low reliance on fossil fuels)
  • water conservation (low water waste)
  • stewards of the environment (biodiversity and protecting wildlife)
  • helping to grow a resilient food system

The LFP label is subject to independent third party expert inspections. And unlike organic labelling systems, LFP does not charge farmers for the entire cost of certification but charges a minimal fee while the rest of the expenses are paid through LFP fundraising (reducing the burden on small-hold farmers).

LFP got its start on the University of Toronto campus proving that the differences students make in their community can extend to the entire food system.

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– Angela

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Hello friends! Though we all try to eat LOFT as much as possible I know ;), there do come those times where you end up buying something you know is not LOFT. We all fall victim to the flashy marketing, cheap prices, and accessibility of those brands that have enjoyed commercial success. In order to help consumers to buy brands that are making the biggest steps towards environmental and gender justice, Oxfam created the Behind the Brands campaign! This campaign aims to expose how large corporations measure up in areas of: women, small-scale farming, treatment of farm workers, water, land, climate change, and transparency.

TAKE ACTION!

Check out the Company Scorecard: http://www.behindthebrands.org/en/scorecard

Sign the petition: http://www.behindthebrands.org/en/actnow#pet

And READ MORE! : http://www.oxfam.ca/grow/act/behind-the-brands

http://www.oxfam.ca/sites/default/files/imce/btb-behind-the-brands-report.pdf

** SPOILER ALERT**

Nestlé and Unilever have  currently developed and published the most policies aimed at social and environmental risks within their supply chains, while ABF and Kellogg have the fewest. I learned this from the report at the link above!

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– Erin