In 2015, Nova Scotians consumed $1.55 billion in locally farmed, processed and prepared food. Locally farmed, caught and processed food represented $554 million of household consumption, and locally prepared meals at restaurants represented another $994 million. This is an increase over 2014 but still lower than the 2013 baseline. Since 2013, the value of restaurant meals has increased while the value of processed food has declined. Imports of processed foods, including fresh and frozen vegetable juices, milk products, and fresh and frozen pork, have increased over the period. This was only partially offset by declining imports of preserved fruits, vegetables and frozen foods, and butter and cheese products.
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.