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There’s an explosion of interest devoted to agriculture and the circular economy, providing an unprecedented opportunity to drive economic and the environmental agendas, writes Evan Fraser. The Hill Times file photograph

Canada’s agriculture system on the cusp of a circular revolution

We will all benefit by being seen as the country that drove solutions to one of the biggest environmental and social challenges of the 21st century.
The secret to Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay’s 30 years in the House? ‘Lawrence is a really good constituency MP,’ says caucus colleague Wayne Easter. ‘It doesn't matter if you're the pope or a lobster fisherman or farmer, he'll treat you the same way.’
As the climate changes, we must radically improve soil health in Canada.
Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay talks about the USMCA, his priorities, and trade with Italy and India. 'The dairy industry got hurt and we will make sure they're financially, fully and fairly, taken care of and that's only appropriate. We have to make sure the industry is not only in solid shape, but that it expands, as it has been doing in the last number of years.'
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The Senate Agriculture and Forestry Committee will be undertaking a brief study on how the Government of Canada can offer the best support and compensation for Canadians involved in supply-managed agriculture sectors by reviewing what has occurred for CETA.
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An Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada spokesperson says the working groups on the Canadian dairy sector will be set up in 'short order.'
Opinion|Sarah Pittman
When it comes agriculture, there’s much to celebrate these days in new trade agreements. But there are also hard questions about the future of the sector Canada is counting upon to be a champion in growing trade.
While the Liberals are aiming to increase our sales, they are forcing our farmers, ranchers, and producers to pay an additional tax which will lead to lower competitiveness with other countries.
Canadian farmers and food processors are ready to deliver, and our government has set an ambitious target of $75-billion in agri-food exports by 2025.
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.
A third of the planet’s land is severely degraded, leading to agricultural loss and food insecurity.
Feature|Emily Haws
Frédéric Seppey, chief agricultural negotiator, Steve Verheul, chief NAFTA negotiator, and Paul Halucha, assistant deputy minister of the industry sector at ISED, round out the top three.
The U.K.'s legislation is intended to demonstrate to consumers around the world that U.K. food is produced to the highest standards.
Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay was lobbied 40 times in February, which almost triples the number of his second-busiest cabinet colleague.
Opinion|Sophia Murphy
A proposed national food policy has a profound limitation: it stops at the border.
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