Gerry Ritz Comments on Supply Management and the TPP Negotiations

At Canada’s Farm Progress Show today, I asked Gerry Ritz about Canada’s involvement in the TPP negotiations and how it might impact the supply management in Canada of poultry, dairy and eggs.

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Andy

Exactly which Canadians other than 13 000 or so Dairy Producers, and a smattering of egg and chicken farms does supply management work well for? The ones that could be back to work if we had more free trade agreements? The low income families that can’t afford enough of some of the most basic and healthy foods and food products? The people who could be working at expanded milk and milk product processing facilities if we were actually able to export milk products?

Milk is $2.50 a gallon in the US. Eggs are 1/2 price.

I was in Idaho a couple of weeks ago. Yes, there are big dairies, but there are also many dairies way smaller than I have ever seen in Canada. It is not a question of saving the family farm, because families will still do what they want.

Its time to look at New Zealand and Australia on how they ended their Cartels and the benefits they have reaped.

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Fred Marcoux

Well said about seeing in NZ & Australia. You should read the conclusion of the Australia senatorial comitee about their deregulation of their dairy system. Benefit to no one else even the consummer.

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Jeremy gross

Do some research before commenting. Consumer Milk prices in nz rose to 5.50$ a liter ,while prices paid to farmers were halved. After deregulation.

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Andy

The conclusion from the committee stated that consumers WERE winners in the price war. That seems to be a benefit to me.

It also says that because of access to export markets, the price war doesn’t affect the dairy farmers negatively either.

http://www.abc.net.au/rural/news/content/201111/s3355255.htm

RE; NZ prices, during the peak, the spread between high and low price per litre was substantial. I notice you didn’t quote the low price for the same period of time. That was $2.90. And those prices were nearly 20 years after deregulation. That correlation seems like a stretch, does it not?

http://www.stats.govt.nz/browse_for_stats/economic_indicators/prices_indexes/tracking-milk-prices-in-the-cpi.aspx

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Josh

Well said Andy

forget the dairy farmers for a minute,

how come a small number of dairy and poultry farmers are holding the countries, small grain farmers, cattle ranchers hog producers, other agricultural sectors, and maybe even Ontario manufacturing hostage. By making it harder for us to negotiate in things like the TPP.

how many markets have we lost access to because we refuse to get with the times and get rid of the quota system?

I am not convinced the quota system is slowing the decline of the family farm, it may be accelerating it. By making it more expensive for the next generation to continue on the legacy of their forefathers as they have to buy an expensive pointless asset.

It is not good long term for the quota affected industries, as it is hard to encourage expansion of the sector as a whole when you are only catering to the domestic market and are unwilling to look at the opportunities outside your borders, It is sad when the quota industry only sees the threats not the opportunities.

The quota system is hurting every non quota farmer, and hurting Canadian trade in general.

as well as making it had for low income families to afford 3 of the healthiest things on the earth, eggs chicken, and milk. (beef is important too! ………. salad not so much!) my attempt at humor in the midst of a heated topic.

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