It's possible to grow vegetables in winter. With Canada's reputation as a land of extremes, it was unimaginable to think, even for a second, of growing vegetables during the winter months. But now it's possible. VERY GOOD NEWS!

When the Green Party of Quebec is elected as the provincial government, it plans to dramatically increase the proportion of food grown right here at home. Indeed, a new trend is emerging to grow local vegetables, even in winter, with little or no energy requirements. Several growers have already begun cultivating relatively cold-hardy vegetables this winter in greenhouses with little or no heating (between 2 and 5 degrees Celsius).

The possibility of growing vegetables in almost unheated greenhouses is a very good thing, and will enable us to make huge energy savings rather than heating greenhouses to 20 degrees Celsius and using artificial light lamps. What's more, opting for winter agriculture would make us less dependent on the other countries that mainly supply us during this season (USA and Mexico).

The idea of being able to produce in all seasons is welcomed by the Green Party and will help many farmers. Indeed, the food we eat is intimately linked to our health, and it's important to support farmers and take economic measures to ensure that organic and local food is affordable for all Quebecers.

In the Green Party, we propose to encourage the consumption of local produce, organic farming and local and urban agriculture.

Jean-Pierre Duford

Spokesperson for Agriculture and Food

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