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Canada is falling behind when it could be an agri-superpower

By Evan Fraser      

If we are all to live on this hot and crowded planet, our food and farming systems need to protect biodiversity and be carbon neutral, writes Evan Fraser of the University of Guelph.

Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau, pictured at a press conference. Canada would do well to put its agri-food system at the forefront of the post-pandemic recovery. Even before the pandemic, Ottawa's Advisory Council for Economic Growth recommended that investing in the agri-food sector was strategic.   The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

We all know that global population growth and climate change are challenging the world’s leaders to find ways of protecting the food security of future generations. It’s a daunting task. At the same time, Canada faces a huge opportunity since our farms and food system will become even more important globally over time. The question we must ask is how can we position ourselves to seize the moment?

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