Now that COOL is underway the Canadian beef industry is once again under American trade attack. with JBS Swift in Greeley announcing that they will no longer accept Canadian cattle and Pasco down to twice a week the flow of Canadian fat cattle headed south has been impeded. With the US election looking like a Democrat win we may not have relief from this ridiculous legislation anytime soon. I have had several industry participants say that they fear we are headed back into the economic reality of BSE. Last week at the local ABP meeting a resolution was passed to eliminate imports of American beef as retaliation. Also passed was a motion to encourage the Canadian government to file grievances under NAFTA and WTO. For more information on the early affects of COOL, check out the two links below.
Agriculture in the modern age is changing rapidly. Rising global population and shifting trade policies affect the pricing, supply chain, and delivery of food products. Meanwhile, consumer preferences, especially in western countries, are shifting toward organic and sustainably-produced products and produce that require more attention, data, and labour. These growing and changing demands need to…Read more »