Christian Farmers Federation of Ontario Commentary
By Marie Versteeg, CFFO Manager of Board & Committee Services
The recent political debate over supply management may seem unexpected to many. You might argue that it’s something of a niche issue, so it’s surprising that Maxime Bernier has made abolishing it a major plank in his Conservative leadership campaign platform.
What do debates like this one over supply management mean for agriculture? The present climate certainly has a lot of people in the ag industry sticking a wet finger in the air to find out which way the wind is blowing.
A recent opinion piece <http://www.realagriculture.
The Ontario Federation of Agriculture has linked media scrutiny during the pig trial to noticeable chips and dents in agriculture’s social license <http://ofa.on.ca/media/news/
Even the fact that the government’s Next Policy Framework <http://www.agr.gc.ca/eng/
But the decline of public support for agriculture potentially creates a problem for urban communities as well as rural ones. Many are looking at the case of New Zealand. Despite having lost all government supports for agriculture about thirty years ago, their dairy industry now boasts a booming output. But on the flipside, the pressure to increase production just to stay in business has changed the rural landscape: a lot of undeveloped land in New Zealand has been repurposed for agricultural use, with the result that dissatisfied urban New Zealanders are now pushing for more regulation. As farmer and writer Clair Doan <http://clairdoan.com/author/
Recent information from Stats Canada’s Census of Agriculture <http://www.statcan.gc.ca/
The problem is circular, and that’s what makes consistent public support for agriculture so vital. The CFFO seeks and supports policies that will lead to economic, social and environmental flourishing. With public support behind them, farmers can preserve their prized role as creation’s caretakers.