According to the dictionary, a sin tax is “a tax on items considered undesirable or harmful, such as alcohol or tobacco.” There is mounting pressure from activist groups to add animal proteins to that list of so-called “sinful” items. They argue meat creates added healthcare costs and negative impacts on the environment. It might sound… Read More

When Loblaw Co. and parent company George Weston admitted late Tuesday that it engaged in a bread price-fixing scheme, consumers and experts that follow the industry closely were all blown away. “Shocked and disappointed” is how Dalhousie University’s Sylvain Charlebois describes his reaction to Loblaw’s admission that they have been fixing the price of bread…. Read More

The average Canadian family of four will spend $348 more on food in 2018, according to an annual food price report released on Wednesday. Published by Dalhousie University and the University of Guelph, the 8th edition of “Canada’s Food Price Report” forecasts higher restaurant spending and La Nina will drive food costs higher next year,… Read More

For as long as we have a supply management system, there will be debates about whether or not we should keep it. The line between for and against is predictable: dairy, egg, chicken, and turkey farmers and those with collective-leaning politics want to keep it, non-supply-managed farmers and free-market thinkers want it gone. Or so… Read More

Food prices in Canada are forecast to rise between 3 and 5 percent in 2017 — larger than last year’s price increase and higher than what is considered as “acceptable” food inflation, according to the 7th edition of Canada’s Food Price Report. Led by Sylvain Charlebois, food distribution and policy professor at Dalhousie University, the study offers several… Read More