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Policy Briefing: Agriculture
Beef industry associations say the TPP will increase their exports by several hundred million dollars because of the increased access to the Japanese market. PixaBay photo by Waldo93

TPP to fix Canada’s beef with Japan’s tariffs

Agri-food industry groups say it will reduce meat tariffs and increase market access, but the Council of Canadians are concerned it will help industrial farming more than local farmers.
Advocates say the new agreement isn't a step backwards, but don't see any major changes that would signal a dramatic shift in agricultural policy.
By repeatedly giving in during negotiations, the federal government is killing supply management. The Bloc Québécois believes that supply management is non-negotiable: our farmers must not be sacrificed in order to sign free trade agreements at any price.
Opinion
By 2050, global demand for food is projected to increase by 60 per cent. A strong focus on trade, science and innovation will help the industry meet that demand, while bringing the world’s best food to our tables. Our government will continue to work side-by-side with industry to achieve even greater success for Canadian producers, processors and exporters in China and around the world.
Observers have witnessed a gradual reduction in the amount of funding towards the agricultural sciences in the last three decades, despite rising global competition from countries such as Brazil.
'I’ve indicated quite clearly, it’s a non-starter. It’s simply how it is. A deal has to be good for all, and it has been good for North America in general and that’s fair game,' Lawrence MacAulay says of U.S. proposal in NAFTA negotiations to wind down supply management.
One wonders how the government will ever reach its goal to increase agri-food exports to $75-billion—in just eight years—given the amount of obstacles it is putting in producers’ way.

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