Goal 16

Domestic Markets for Agricultural Products

The value of agricultural products produced for, and consumed within, the Nova Scotia domestic market will have increased by $230 million.


Goal 16 Summary Graphic.

Current Situation

In 2014, Nova Scotians consumed $1.52 billion in food. Locally farmed, caught and processed food represented $594 million of household consumption, and locally prepared meals at restaurants represented another $921 million.  This is down from the previous year where households consumed $655 million in fresh and processed foods, and $951 million in restaurant meals.  This is mainly due to an increase in imports of processed foods, including fresh and frozen vegetable juices and fresh and frozen pork. This was only partially offset by declining imports of preserved fruits, vegetables and frozen foods, milk products and cheese.

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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.