In a conversation this morning with a Saskatchewan farmer, he shared some out loud thinking farmers have been talking about at the local coffee shops.
With talk of a tax levy on goods crossing the Mexican – US border, these farmers are wondering about the impact on food imported from Mexico. Will more restrictions on products crossing US borders from Mexico to Canadian destinations affect how much food reaches Canadian borders – and at what cost to the consumer?
Being great out of the box thinkers, farmers are now thinking about how they might capitalize on the situation. They are assessing their production capacities, especially for fruit and vegetable crops.
Growing more of the foods we import from Mexico maybe not such a bad idea.
According to Food Secure Canada’s Jennifer Reynolds “Local food has moved from a foodie movement to become an established mainstream idea”. https://foodsecurecanada.org/resources-news/news-media/buying-local-food-products Industry is also getting on board. For example the multinational food distributor, Sysco in Edmonton and Calgary have “Go Local” programs to identify local food for their customers. http://www.nxtbook.com/naylor/CSNQ/CSNQ0416/index.php?startid=5#/4
And we haven’t even factored in the on-going drought conditions in California and elsewhere…