The author argues the federal government’s new national food policy is an affront to anyone who considers Canada’s agri-food sector to be the cornerstone of the economy.  |  File photo

Canada’s first food policy is pointless

After more than two years of work and hearing from almost 45,000 Canadians, Agriculture Canada has released its first ever food policy. A total of $134 million will be spent to support this five-year plan that centres around four major pillars: food security, health, environment, and the sustainable growth of the agriculture and food sector. […] Read more

The argument is made that a national food policy shouldn’t stop at the border. Instead, it should recognize agriculture around the world, such as this Egyptian farmer pulling a cart filled with bundles of wheat after harvesting it from a field last month.  |  REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany photo

Canada needs a global food policy

The Canadian government plans to soon release a new national food policy. The engagement has encouraged a welcome debate among many departments, and it speaks to the growing understanding in policy circles that food security rests on a series of interlocking systems that are not easy to co-ordinate, but whose interdependence can no longer be […] Read more

Talk is cheap, inaction often expensive

Somewhere along the line, the lazy dog days of August turned loud and bitter. Three years ago, August was consumed by what was to be a debate on American national health care but quickly turned into a shouting match that found Grandma standing before  government-led “death panels.” The noise lessened that winter and the Affordable […] Read more