WHAT WE'RE WORKING ON NOW
BARTON REPORT AND OPTIMIZING AGRI-FOOD GROWTH
The Advisory Council on Economic Growth Report (Barton Report) in 2017 identified agri-food exports as an engine for economic growth in Canada. The implications of the growth targets set for the agri-food sector on Canada’s natural capital and other domestic policy objectives, and on the role of innovation in securing growth that is compatible with sustainability objective and in building public trust are critical issues requiring an informed dialogue.
To contribute to this dialogue, CAPI organized two regional workshops to initiate critical conversations with the participation of diverse groups of producers, industry associations, governments, academia, NGOs and other interested groups.
CAPI partnered with Ag-West Bio to organize the first regional workshop in Saskatoon on December 11, 2017.
CAPI partnered with the Arrell Food Institute to organize the second regional workshop in Guelph on Mar 21, 2018.
CAPI, and sponsors: Food & Consumer Products Canada, Fertilizer Canada, Farm Credit Canada, Canadian Federation of Agriculture, organized the National Conversation on May 10, 2018.
- CAPI presentation: National Conversation on the Barton Report in Ottawa (May 10, 2018)
CAPI's final "What We Heard" Report is now available. It synthesizes presentations by various industry experts and 300+ fully engaged participants who shared their insights in response to four questions:
(1) Are Barton's targets realistic? (2) Could we achieve growth while maintaining and improving our natural capital? (3) Are they compatible with other policy objectives? (4) Does science and innovation hold the key to meeting these growth targets.
- Press release (June 22, 2018)
Copies of all presentations will be made available on our new and improved website in August 2018.
With NAFTA renegotiation talks in full swing, it is a critical time for a conversation on protecting and improving our shared food supply chain. CAPI and the Canada Institute of the Wilson Center (Washington, D.C.) know the importance of good debate and a robust marketplace for ideas. This short piece, written by Rory McAlpine and Mike Robach, encourages just such debate.
Subsidies in many countries encourage production increases that result in considerable surpluses and lower prices, according to a new CAPI study. Those productions increase fuel unsustainable production practices and the misallocation of natural resources.