Subscribe Home Page News Opinion Foreign Policy Politics Policy Legislation Lobbying Hill Life & People Hill Climbers Heard On The Hill Calendar Election 2021 Archives Classifieds
Hill Times Events Inside Ottawa Directory Hill Times Store Hill Times Careers The Wire Report The Lobby Monitor Parliament Now
Reuse & Permissions Advertising FAQ
Contact UsLog In
Opinion

Canada’s national security and the integrity of our food system go hand-in-hand

Over the past two years, food insecurity has grown, and supply lines have struggled. Pandemic-related challenges to planting and harvesting opened conversations about the role of migrant labour and the resilience of long-distance trade.

We must embrace technologies and governance structures that will allow communities to become more food secure and we must realize most of Canada’s fruits and vegetables come from abroad, write Evan Fraser, Lenore Newman, and Janos Botschner. Photograph courtesy of Pexels

Three times a day, 365 days a year, Canadians rely on a complicated web of producers, processors, distributors, and retailers to bring us our daily bread. But the last two years have shown us we must not take food systems for granted. Rogue viruses, floods, heat domes, tangled supply lines, and cybersecurity threats jeopardize our ability to keep Canadians fed. This is important as the Canadian food system doesn’t just support personal health, but the vitality of rural communities as well as driving national prosperity. Our food system is also part of a vast network of interconnected critical infrastructures that safeguard our way-of-life. In short, intact food systems are key to national security. Neglecting to recognize this would make Canada more vulnerable in the 21st century.  

To keep reading, subscribe and become a political insider.

Only $7.67 / week for one year.

Enjoy unlimited website access and the digital newspaper.

Cancel anytime.

Already a Subscriber?

Get The Weekend Point of View Newsletter

Top Canadian political and policy opinion and analysis. Saturdays and Sundays.
By entering your email address you consent to receive email from The Hill Times containing news, analysis, updates and offers. You may unsubscribe at any time. See our privacy policy

Liberals and Conservatives can’t even agree on their divisions over release of Winnipeg lab documents

Government House Leader Mark Holland says releasing any sensitive Winnipeg lab documents could compromise ongoing investigations, and could potentially could endanger the lives of Canadian security intelligence officers.

O’Toole attack on Guilbeault an appeal to blue collar class, says strategists

News|By Alice Chen
The tone and style of the Jan. 11 video is an example of Erin O’Toole’s Conservatives 'ramping up,' and 'doubling down' on their rhetoric, says NDP strategist Cameron Holmstrom.

Canada boosts Ukrainian military training mission, but yet to match Kyiv’s ask for lethal weapons, sanctions

News|By Neil Moss
Canada's commitment to its Ukrainian training mission will increase by 60 soldiers to 260 'within days,' and it could increase over time to 400.

In a NAFTA renegotiation team reunion, Freeland’s Finance Department adds Steve Verheul

News|By Neil Moss
Widely praised across the partisan spectrum, Steve Verheul has been called an 'architect' of Canada's trade policy.

‘Cacophony of views’ in national media landscape may not serve viewers, says former CBC bureau chief

News|By Ian Campbell
On a recent episode of the Herle Burly podcast, veteran former journalist and political strategist Elly Alboim weighed in on the state of the national media.

Back in business: House Committees primed to play catch up with busy agendas

‘We’re definitely trying to catch up in an ever-changing period of time for everyone,’ says NDP Whip Rachel Blaney of upcoming House committee work.

Ukraine envoy ‘confident’ talks will lead to Canada meeting requests as Russian threat looms

News|By Neil Moss
As the Canadian government is believed to be preparing a decision on Ukraine's three requests for assistance, Kyiv's top diplomat in Ottawa says 'intensive communication' has taken place at the highest levels.

Reconciliation ‘has no end date,’ says GG Simon who hopes for a future of healing in Canada

Feature|By Christopher Guly
Mary Simon wants to make a significant impact on reconciliation, wants Arctic communities to be healthy and vibrant, and wants to do her part to help fight climate change. It's ambitious stuff.

RCMP union tours Alberta as province explores new police force, contract policing increasingly under microscope

News|By Mike Lapointe
Contract policing arrangements between the Mounties and a number of provinces and municipalities have come increasingly under review by policymakers in recent years.
Your group subscription includes premium access to Politics This Morning briefing.