Ford government's Greenbelt development plans mean more food insecurity for Ontario - 2019-01-15
Another unusually wet fall is being blamed for the vomitoxin that devastated millions of hectares and a quarter of Ontario's corn harvest this season. The mould infestation, however, isn't likely to contaminate your cornflakes.
That's because 84 per cent of corn grown in Ontario never ends up on your plate; most of it feeds cows and pigs. Ditto for the other big Ontario crop, soy, which together with corn blankets over 70 per cent of acreage devoted to farming in the entire province.
Food production is the second-largest industry in Ontario but only 24 per cent of the food made here is sold here. That makes it sound like we're growing a lot more food than we eat, but not so – the province is increasingly importing more food than it exports. Ontario's $9 billion food deficit has more than doubled over roughly the last decade.