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Why Canadian agriculture is no longer a world leader

Sean Kilpatrick/Sean Kilpatrick 2008

Canadians have always had a fondness for farmers and a cherished the notion that this country is a global food superpower. The reality is much different. Far from leading the world in agriculture, Canada is falling behind on many fronts. Are government, industry and farm-owners doing enough to craft a food strategy that puts Canada on the right path?

On Tuesday November 23 at 12 p.m. ET we held a live discussion on this issue with David Sparling, Ph.D., a professor of agri-food innovation and regulation with the Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario. Also joining in Ron Bonnett President of the Canadian Federation of Agriculture.

Reading this on smart phone? You can view a mobile friendly version of the live chat here.

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David is a Professor and Chair in Agri-Food Innovation and Regulation at the Richard Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario. Before joining Ivey, David was an Associate Dean at the University of Guelph and Executive Director of the Institute of Agri-Food Policy Innovation.

David farmed for twenty years and has been president of an agribusiness insurance company and a biotechnology start-up. He is actively involved in creating agri-food industry strategies and government policy. His research interests are in agriculture and food policy, innovation and new technologies. For more information see

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