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Comment: How the supply management lobby influences politics

My unsuccessful federal leadership campaign is proof the sector has outsized political influence — for now

The following is a lightly edited excerpt of a chapter on supply management from a political memoir penned by Maxime Bernier that he chose to publish online. Polls indicate that the vast majority of Canadians have little to no idea what supply management is really about. According to a survey done in the summer of […] Read more

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Comment: Souped up

A Kraft-Heinz takeover rumour doesn’t disguise deep-seated issues for companies like Campbell Soup

Campbell Soup stocks soared after news came out suggesting the company could be bought by Kraft-Heinz, one of 3G Capital and Warren Buffett’s pet projects in the food sector. Even though the deal is highly unlikely to happen, these rumours point to a much larger story in food processing. Since 2013, the “acquire and cut” […] Read more

Comment: When Trump starts tweeting, Sonny starts packing

The U.S. ag secretary has lately been America’s apologist-in-chief

Prince Edward Island, caressed in the arms of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, is a lovely place to visit in June. Its sparkling red sand beaches, miles of white-blossomed potato fields, and rolling carpets of lush pasture form a colour-soaked postcard for tourists and locals alike. U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue caught a glimpse […] Read more

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Comment: Cupboard economics

Canadians love to support Canadian food but there are financial and production realities at play

In a nutshell, here is what happened following the G7 Summit: Trudeau plays nice with Trump, Trump tears Trudeau apart on social media, Trudeau plays nice again. While Trudeau showed very Canadian diplomacy, poise and resilience, the Canadian public seems to be taking another approach. Everywhere on social media, Canadians are encouraging one another to […] Read more

Comment: Why calls to kill MRE being ignored

Requests to update railway grain shipping costs face the same fate

[UPDATED: June 20, 2018] The North American Grain Grading Group’s (NAGGG) call to axe the maximum revenue entitlement (MRE) appears to be getting the cold shoulder from Western Canada’s grain sector. The MRE is a federal regulation that sets the annual limit the railways can earn in total hauling western grain to Thunder Bay and […] Read more

Comment: Canada’s strategic trade war

Ottawa appears to have a not-so-hidden agenda with its targeted retaliatory tariffs

We are now officially at war with the United States – in a trade war that is. In response to U.S.-imposed tariffs on steel and aluminum, Canada intends to do the same on our side. Like any trade war, it could unfortunately escalate. Read more: As U.S., Canada spar, farm hopes ride on two men in […] Read more

If we are going to have a farm program, supply management makes the most sense

Revenue supports could break the cycle of over- and undersupply of agriculture commodities

The Texas Farmers Union contracted with the Agricultural Policy Analysis Center to develop a design for the commodity title of the 2018 Farm Bill based on supply management principles. Supply management, as a way to tackle the chronic price/income problems faced by farmers, has been out of favour in the U.S. for at least the […] Read more

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Amazon and the slow death of the traditional grocery store

The Amazon effect means consumers will have greater choice and convenience – from their homes

The bricks-and-mortar food retailing model is losing its lustre in Canada. The signs are everywhere. Loblaws is the latest grocer to commit to home delivery. Starting in December, Canada’s leading food retailer has an ambitious plan to deliver food for a fee from coast to coast. The company has spent millions to make many of […] Read more

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The pursuit of convenience

Food costs are falling but many Canadians are paying as much or more than ever

Food inflation continues to be an illusion in Canada. According to Statistics Canada, food prices have dropped once again over the last month, by almost one per cent. Food prices are below the general inflation rate, just as they have been for most of the year to date. The food distribution landscape is much more […] Read more

Social media shouldn’t be a battleground

Here are some tips for keeping online conversations constructive

Keeping a discussion on social media constructive can be a real challenge, especially when the other side goes negative, or even hostile. But nobody wins in an online shouting match. So how do we advocate and educate on controversial issues without getting drowned out by the noise? 1. Find your common ground. This may be […] Read more