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Bright spots for the Seaway amid traffic decline in 2022

Jan 27 2023 — Alex Binkley — Hopes high for increased grain shipments this year. Ottawa—The St. Lawrence Seaway saw cargo tonnage drop by just over 5 per cent during 2022 to 36.2 million tonnes compared to the previous year but there were several bright spots as the number of ships passing through the system rose by 92 to 4,010 with the […]

More pressure coming on food prices

Jan 25 2023 — Alex Binkley — Fertilizer shortages may worsen in 2023. Ottawa—The soaring cost of fertilizers will make food much more expensive in 2023 and leave millions facing the threat of famine, warns ZME Science, an online news service. It cited a study in Nature Food by Peter Alexander of the University of Edinburgh’s School of GeoSciences that says the […]

Canadian Federation of Agriculture trying to clear up confusion over fertilizer use

Jan 24 2023 — Alex Binkley — It proposes a co-operative effort on nitrous oxide and methane emissions. Ottawa—The ongoing confusion the federal government has sown with its musings on reductions in fertilizer and methane emissions has prompted the Canadian Federation of Agriculture to try to clarify the situation. The federal strategy must not lead to regulations or policies that result in […]

No simple solution to agrifood labour shortages

Jan 23 2023 — Alex Binkley — Goal is to fix the problem by 2030. Ottawa-Chronic labour shortages and serious skills gaps are undermining Canada’s ability to maintain current levels of food production undermining the sector’s future economic development and trade growth, says an interim report on how to deal with the complex problem. The participation of a wide group of employer, […]

New data requirements for railways offer some help to shippers

Jan 19 2023 — Alex Binkley — Shipper groups say the changes should have been made much earlier. Ottawa—New federal railway data requirements to make shippers more aware of the state of freight transportation have been greeted by shipper groups as welcome and long overdue. Fertilizer Canada was involved in the Transport Canada consultations on the regulations and was pleased to see […]

Climate change slowing agriculture productivity gains

Jan 17 2023 — Alex Binkley — Canada has been hit with major weather events. Ottawa-Global food insecurity is being worsened by damaging weather events caused by climate change, says Margaret Zafiriou, Research Associate with the Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute (CAPI). The weather events along with the war in Ukraine, inflationary pressures and a looming global recession are making global food insecurity […]

Climate change slowing agriculture productivity gains

Jan 16 2023 — Alex Binkley — Canada has been hit with major weather events. Ottawa-Global food insecurity is being worsened by damaging weather events caused by climate change, says Margaret Zafiriou, Research Associate with the Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute (CAPI). The weather events along with the war in Ukraine, inflationary pressures and a looming global recession are making global food insecurity […]

Recent supply chain problems could be the new normal

Jan 10 2023 — Alex Binkley — Canada needs surge capacity for imports. Ottawa—The supply chain problems of the last few years may be around long term and Canada needs to quickly expand transportation infrastructure to cope with the unpredictability, says Stephen Paul, Vice-President of Supply Chain Logistics at Ray-Mont Logistics of Montreal. Gaining market share drove the growth in international container […]

Productivity growth in Canadian agriculture lagging

Jan 6 2023 — Alex Binkley — The federal government needs to take a more co-operative approach. Ottawa Productivity in Canadian agriculture is not keeping up with demand and governments can do a lot to improve that performance, says Tyler McCann, Managing Director of the Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute (CAPI). The OECD has called for a 28 per cent global agriculture productivity […]

Canadian agrifood infrastructure needs shock proofing

Jan 5 2023 — Alex Binkley — Ottawa—The country’s food supply chain has been designated as critical infrastructure but little has been done by governments to shockproof it from external pressures, says Kathleen Sullivan, CEO of Food and Beverage Canada. A lack of policy coordination among governments, the global nature of agriculture and food supply chains and the dominance of private companies […]

Soaring food prices are a global problem

Jan 4 2023 — Alex Binkley — Disruptions and supply problems were the main contributors. Ottawa—Higher food costs in Canada are a reflection of what is happening around the world, says Michael Graydon, CEO of Food, Health & Consumer Products of Canada. COVID-induced demand spikes, labour shortages, crop damage from extreme weather, transportation disruptions, and sharp increases in the price of energy […]

Food Day Canada moves a big step closer to happening

Jan 3 2023 — Alex Binkley — The inaugural event could be held this year. Ottawa—Food Day Canada has taken a big step forward with the Commons agriculture committee’s approval of Ontario Senator Rob Black’s bill to mark the occasion, which could even have its inaugural celebration this year. All that is required now is final approval in the Commons after MPs […]

OFAH calls for clarification on federal gun control legislation

Jan 2 2023 — Alex Binkley — Trudeau says right to hunt is not being targeted. Ottawa-The federal government needs to clarify which rifles will be added to its list of prohibited weapons and clear up confusion created by a last-minute significant amendment it has proposed to gun control legislation, says the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (OFAH). The amendment came […]