The unfortunate reality is that with pieces of our domestic market continually being carved off as bargaining chips in trade disputes, there may be little left of these once-thriving industries for the next generation of farmers.
In order to pressure other countries to also accept the IPCC advice, Canada must show leadership in the world and ratchet up our current target before COP24. We must announce before Dec. 1, 2018, that we will set in place plans and programmes to reduce 45 per cent below 2010 levels by 2030. Failure is not an option.
The biggest impact of the new agreement is with the dairy sector. There are two elements here. The first is that the agreement allows for increased market access (approximately 3.6 per cent in dairy) for U.S. product into Canada.
Whoever decided that patenting and restricting access to seed was a way to feed the world?
After a 15-year decline in the number of undernourished people from 2000 to 2015, there was a spike in 2016 to 815 million, largely because of conflict and climate-related shocks.