Support producers, protect consumers in climate change fight, Senate committee urges
A recent report
released by the Standing Senate Committee on Agriculture and Forestry emphasizes that the federal government must protect Canada’s agriculture and forestry sectors from rising costs associated with the coming carbon pricing regime.
The report, titled Feast or Famine: Impacts of climate change and carbon pricing on agriculture, agri-food and forestry,
features 16 recommendations and outlines the effects of climate change on Canada’s agriculture, agri-food, and forestry sectors. It examines the potential effect of carbon pricing on producers and consumers and suggests ways the federal government can support these sectors as they make their contribution toward meeting Canada’s emissions reduction targets.
To access the report, click here
Canada’s agriculture and agri-food sector accounted for one in eight jobs in Canada in 2014, employing 2.3 million people. Figures for 2016 value exports in this sector at $56 billion and generated nearly $112 billion or 6.7% of Canada’s gross domestic product (GDP) in that year.
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