“With the war in Ukraine, ongoing Covid challenges, global supply chain issues and environmental shocks from climate change, Canadians and citizens around the world are facing higher food costs and food shortages. These shortages will disproportionately affect the poor. It’s time for Canada to step up food production to feed Canadians and the world in a sustainable and affordable way,” says the letter, signed by Timothy Kennedy, President and CEO of the Canadian Industry Alliance. of aquaculture.
“The current situation calls for a major policy renewal aimed at optimizing Canada’s food production, and Canadian food producers and suppliers are calling on the Prime Minister and Cabinet to take immediate and crucial action,” the letter added.
The letter calls on the government to make food security a top priority and to ensure that there are no regulatory or policy barriers to maintaining current levels of food production and, where possible, increasing food production of all types.
The letter urges the government to take two immediate actions:
- Make secure food production and supply a primary consideration in policy and funding decisions, prioritizing food security and productivity in the policy and decision-making process.
- Focus on an agile and modern regulatory environment that supports production growth, in line with the 2019 Agribusiness and Aquaculture Roadmap, which highlighted why predictable and effective regulations are needed to reduce obstacles to investment, innovation and growth.
The open letter can be downloaded here.