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Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau should be part of a whole-of-government approach to grow Canada’s agriculture and agri-food sector, says Don Buckingham. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

Let’s ditch the silos: towards an integrated agri-food policy framework

By adopting a whole-of-government approach and rolling out a strategy for strong economic and environmental performance, the export potential of Canada’s agriculture and agri-food sector can be realized.
In yesterday’s federal budget, the government announced its 'intention to work with provinces and territories' toward the creation of the program, though no money was earmarked for it.
News|Neil Moss
In a wide-ranging interview, Canada's new agriculture minister talks trade deals, supply management, carbon pricing, China's canola import limits, and being the first woman in the post.
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News|Neil Moss
An ex-ambassador to China says the revoked export permit for one of the largest Canadian canola processors is the latest example of why Canada should diversify its international trading partners.
The committee has also recently been studying the impact of trade agreements on Canada’s supply-managed sectors.
Farm biodiversity and sustainability techniques have been shown to lower agriculture-related greenhouse gas emissions and sequester more carbon than industrial farming practices.
Canada should engage China more comprehensively on non-tariff barrier issues that hinder agricultural trade.
Virtually all discussions and decisions about compensation or transition assistance in the event of economic disruption take place in reaction to strong lobbying, or based on political considerations.
Opinion|Kate Storey
We need to rebuild Canada’s neglected fruit, vegetable, and processing sectors. This diversification would make good economic and environmental sense.
A strong focus on trade and innovation will help Canadian farmers continue to grow their businesses and drive our economy.
Mandatory date labelling on all food products sold in Canada could be simplified, and date-marking options could be limited to two: expiration dates and 'best before' labels.
Data is a core asset for farmers, and Canada is lagging behind in putting policies in place to govern the digital agriculture world.
Despite being seen as a bit of an unknown by the agriculture community, Marie-Claude Bibeau hails from a Quebec riding with a heavy concentration of dairy farms.
Grit members of the House International Trade Committee recently blocked the foreign minister from appearing to talk about restoring Chinese market access for canola.
Opinion|Jeff Nielsen
The report, released last fall, is a call to action for government and industry to work together to boost sales of Canadian food, and it is imperative that we answer that call.
Environment and Agriculture were among the most-lobbied departments.
Opinion|Naomi Johnson
The world’s poorest one billion people absorb 80 per cent of climate change impacts, despite being responsible for only three per cent of global greenhouse emissions.
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