Richardson International announced in 2018 it had made the decision to withdraw its funding and membership from the Canola Council of Canada. At the time, the withdrawal was not without controversy, and ultimately played a major role in the Canola Council of Canada making some structural changes in late 2018. With this week’s decision by China to suspend Richardson’s export licence due to ongoing contamination of “hazardous pests” in Canadian canola shipments, the company, Canada’s largest canola exporter, will test its strategy of independence. The roles that Richardson, the Canola Council, and the Canadian government will play in this issue…
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