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With nearly 65 million hectares

of land used for crop and livestock production3, Canada has one of the largest agricultural sectors in the world, and is the fifth largest agricultural exporter in the world4.

Canada’s competitive advantages are undisputed:

  • Canada can fill gaps in supply because it has a diversity of commodities available and a well-developed infrastructure to store and deliver them.
  • Canada’s agriculture exporters benefit from well-developed trade relations with some of the world’s largest importers (e.g., the U.S., China and Japan).
  • The political and economic stability along with the quality of Canadian commodities can all boost the country’s trade with new and emerging trade partners.

Canada has some of the best farmland in the world. Despite normal cycles, it hasn’t experienced the same level of abnormally dry conditions as its neighbours to the South. According to Farm Credit Canada, a Crown corporation that helps farmers buy property, the average price of a farm climbed an eye-popping 76 per cent between 2010 and 2015.

However, many of Canada’s areas are still very affordable compared to other areas worldwide. Canada has a highly regulated land title system, making the country a more secure place to own farmland, compared to developing nations, which offer less stability.

Environmental sustainability

Today we observe two contrary developments in the world:

  • Population growth rate is rising quickly. Between 2015 and 2050 the number of people is estimated to rise daily by approximately 165,0001. This is equivalent to adding the population of Geneva every single day for 35 years! That is a lot of mouths to feed.
  • Arable land is quickly disappearing around the world. The world has lost a third of its arable land due to erosion or pollution and urban encroachment in the past 40 years2.

Footnotes
  1. “World Population Prospects: The 2015 Revision” by the United Nations
  2. The University of Sheffield’s Grantham Centre for Sustainable Futures undertook the study by analyzing various pieces of research published over the past decade
  3. Statistics Canada, 2011. Table 004-0002 – Census of Agriculture, total area of farms and use of farmland, Canada and provinces, every 5 years, CANSIM (database).
  4. Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, 2013. We Grow a Lot More Than You May Think. Ottawa, Ontario. Accessed from http://www.agr.gc.ca/eng/about-us/publications/we-grow-a-lot-more-than-you-may-think/?id=1251899760841

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