Ontario's Place in World Agriculture
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The Empire Club of Canada Addresses (Toronto, Canada), 21 Apr 1983, p. 322-330


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Ontario's Place in World Agriculture


Some remarks on the speaker's background and current position. Major changes in agriculture. Farmers today. Agriculture as an integral part of the industrial framework of Ontario, and of Canada. The Canadian success story of agriculture in Ontario, and how that is so. The entrepreneurial instinct that animates the farm sector today. Threats to the traditional industries in Canada's economy. Responses to the problems. Responding creatively to the new rules of the game and what that will mean. The limitations of solutions from high tech. Japan as an example of a fast learner. The clear, competitive advantage nature has given Canada. Working with the reality that agriculture will play a large role in Canada's strategy for dealing with the growing burden of change. Avoiding a general retreat to the solutions of the past. A proposal by the federal government to deal with the problems of agricultural trade through Canagrex, bringing under one roof all of the federal government departments involved in agricultural trade to achieve a better co-ordinated national effort on the international scene. Some problems with Canagrex. Signs in the new budget that the federal government is learning from its past mistakes. A growing instinct for co-operation in interprovincial negotiations. Understanding the size of the task ahead. Figures from the World Health Organization. Food production per capita in developing countries. Predictions for Africa. Responsibility to fill the growing gap. Doubling food exports from developed countries over the next 20 years. The need for Canada to expand its research base. Canada's leadership role.