Opening channels of dialogue through research
It is vital to separate fact from fiction when it comes to climate change and the Canadian beef industry, said an expert. “Really, what we’re talking about here in most agricultural systems is trade-offs,” said Tim McAllister, principal research scientist for Agriculture Canada in Lethbridge. “There’s no one system that’s perfect.” However, he said Canada’s beef production system enjoys some of the lowest greenhouse gas emissions per kilogram of beef in the world. He credited efficiencies created by the integrated nature of the industry’s forage and finishing feedlot systems. McAllister spoke at a recent online seminar on sustainable intensification in agriculture, hosted by the Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute.
Last March, as the pandemic set in and Canadians watched grocery store shelves empty, concerns arose about the vulnerabilities around Canada’s food system. A New report offers a glimpse into what those vulnerabilities are and how to rebuild the food system to ensure Canadians can withstand any future disruptions.
In an effort to understand better whether Canada’s meat packing industry would have been more or less resilient during COVID, if there were more, smaller, regionally dispersed meat packing plants across Canada, CAPI commissioned a study on “the Feasibility of Small Local Meat Packing Plants in Canada”, with some interesting results.
Launched in May 2020, the Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute (CAPI) and the Arrell Food Institute collaborated on the Growing Stronger initiative to determine how COVID has impacted the Canadian Food System and how we can build a more resilient system going forward. As part of this partnership CAPI hosted a small virtual dialogue titled “Green […]
Even prior to the devastating impacts of COVID-19 on global agri-food supply chains and trade flows in early 2020, the global trading environment had been shifting rapidly, with increased uncertainty, subsidies, protectionism, bilateralism, trade barriers, tariff wars and retaliation, while multilateralism has faltered. This underlines a disturbing drift from a rules-based trading system established by […]
How do we build a resilient, sustainable, and prosperous agri-food system for Canada? This question that was already before us will become more urgent and relevant in the post-COVID19 world. Join the Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute (CAPI) as we harvest and synthesize research findings and draw from the learnings of this crisis to identify critical […]
Join CAPI for a post-Budget panel discussion on the impacts it will have on Canada’s agri-food system! The last 12 months have been challenging for Canada. The pandemic, climate change, and trade disruptions all have had significant impacts on the food system. However, despite the considerable pressures, the system has proven to be incredibly resilient. […]
David Blandford studied how trade can either facilitate or impede climate change mitigation and adaptation through the use of various border measures. While both Canada and the U.S have set ambitious targets for reaching net zero carbon emissions by 2050 through their Climate Plans, there are major differences in approach that may lead to different […]
The Trade and Climate Change conference is a joint effort of the U.S.-based Farm Foundation and the Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute to explore topics in the context of a global trading environment where climate change policies have become increasingly ambitious and diverse among international players. The conference will explore topics such as climate change policies […]