In 2016, Nova Scotians consumed $1.60 billion in locally farmed, processed and prepared food. Locally farmed, caught and processed food represented $525 million of household consumption, and locally prepared meals at restaurants represented another $1.07 billion. Following a decline in 2014, consumption increased in 2015 and 2016 but remains below the baseline level. Since 2013, the value of restaurant meals has increased while the value of processed food has declined. Imports of most processed foods have increased over the period.
What This Means
The headline indicator measures household consumption of farm to table, wharf to table, processors to table food and locally prepared restaurant meals in Nova Scotia. The information here assumes that households consume imported food products (unprocessed, processed and in restaurants) following the same patterns as the imports of food products in the overall Nova Scotia market. While some information is known about direct sales from local farms and fishers to households, it is difficult to estimate the full linkages between domestic agricultural markets, local food processing, and household consumption. The existing information does not distinguish how much of the food used by local restaurants, food processing or households is produced domestically versus imported.