And the Food will Process Itself

Financial Post

“The degree of reliance on imported (processed) foods has been growing steadily for the past 15 years,” he said. “When you’ve got these plants that are rusting out, if I can call it that, we’re not seeing the degree of sophisticated processing reinvestment that you would see in a plant south of the border.”

15 Replies to “And the Food will Process Itself”

  1. Like I said “Wait until it’s seven billion inhabitants and only enough food for six billion”
    Fun times

  2. Looking through the lens of Line 5, it is imperative that we secure Canadian fuel AND food supplies. Making critical pharmaceuticals domestically should also be on the radar.

  3. as usual, the problem is that the government is going to solve the problems that government interference brings, by adding more government interference….

    1. And take decades to solve as all these government tentacles have to be involved on multiple levels.
      That Energy Corridor would still be in discussions and negotiations and not a single piece of infrastructure built as plans would still need approvals and corrections as discussions on proper experts needed for more discussions and planning…

      1. You just described the LIEBrawls Trans Mountain fiasco in Burnoutby.

        Every excuse in the book is being used to stall and impede the pipeline.

        Now it’s poor little nesting hummingbirds . You know, these are all over the coast, but a small parcel of land by pipeline is stopped, while other urban land clearing continues for housing developments……..

        Every Single Excuse will be used by this pernicious LIEBrawl government to interfere in any project they don’t support

    1. Just remember Mike the fools who put those fools in power are us.

  4. Maple Leaf Foods Inc. told the parliamentary agriculture committee that “the cumulative effect of regulation” in Canada was a factor in why it chose Indiana to build a US$310-million facility for plant-based protein, according to the committee’s report last week.

    How ironic, since it appears as though every episode of “How it’s Made” was filmed in Canada. It’s almost as though your Laurentian class is trying to remake your country into the land of bureaucrat paper shuffling. They don’t seem to think much of “making things”. So messy. Best to export all those “messy” things we don’t understand … eh? Crush manufacturing between the millstones of regulation and indifference.

    1. All that Virtue signaling about being WOKE and CARBON NUETRAL, while selling a carbon based product to carbon based life forms.
      I avoid buying their product.

  5. Re: Food self-reliance.

    Since my return to the S. Okanagan about 5yrs ago, I have been shocked at how many orchards here have been razed and then turned into vineyards. There used to be a massive fruit industry in this valley, enough to justify building railroads and a shipping industry on the lake. Now, it has been reduced to little more than a string of fruit stands for the tourism industry.

    But, what nation needs a domestic supply of fresh fruit when there are so many winos and alcoholics to profit from. Priorities, right?

    1. You can now get degrees in cannabis cultivation at some universities, which we can certainly expect to expand. There will always be a career with good pay in the soma industry.

      1. Damn I misread that.
        I thought I read “Degrees in Cannibalism”.
        For Dear Jeffery Dahlmer and Willie Pickton were just “Ahead of their time”.
        As the Liberals tell us.

    2. Yes indeed, it is a shock to see the changes. The OK valley, from Osoyoos to north of Oliver, used to be a virtual constant stream of endless orchards, with the occasional small veggie patch. Driving through there during late August was a spectacle of colour, with various apple varieties nearing harvest. Same with Cherry season in early summer.

      My shock came a few years ago, to see my late grandfather’s orchard razed for, yes, some grape vines, a hay field, and a couple of trees leftover. Heresy! I spent many summers there in my youth, it was a beautiful piece of land in the Testalinda Creek area.

      Like any Canadian industry, costs and regulations eventually eat it up. No different in the fruit industry either. My Grandfather often shook his head and moaned that the Co-op made more money from his fruit than he did, and he was the one battling the starlings, rain and hail, that would wreck his most valuable crop, the Bing cherries, some as big as small apricots.

      Now just add the high labour costs of today to pick the fruit, government has made piece work a thing of the past. No wonder orchards are being plowed under. Damn shame, to wreck a once beautiful lush green valley.

      1. The Okanagan is and has been for me a NO GO part of the country for decades. Piss Poor Highways with 200 stop lights, way way over crowded by a half a million and given the folks who move there…you couldn’t pay me to live there.

        I’ll take the Shuswap any day of he week….if One can even get there from Alberta these days. NAZI bastards.

  6. About 40 years ago, there was a big push (connected with the opposition to the Canada/U.S. Free Trade Agreement) for Canada to move beyond its “hewers of wood and drawers of water” image – the belief that Canada, with all its resources, should become a manufacturing powerhouse.

    And while this might sound good on its face, it actually ignores economic reality. Manufacturing industries, because of competition, are actually low-profit per dollar of investment, while resource industries (because you actually have market power when it’s just sitting in your backyard, and not in anybody else’s) are high-profit per dollar of investment.

    That’s why Saudi Arabia doesn’t need to have a manufacturing base to be rich as hell – it just happens to be sitting on a big ocean of a scarce resource that is relatively cheap to transport, and that not many other countries have.

    Of course, Canada does have a manufacturing base in stuff that’s relatively expensive to transport – that’s why there are so many cement factories across the country. But peas? Peas can be cheaply shipped to just about anywhere.

    In fact, calls for government to provide incentives for manufacturing investment in Canada would actually mis-allocate the funds – from high-profit industries to low-profit industries.

    Of course, the other point in the article – that provinces should harmonize their regulations, and make them less intrusive – has been true for a long time, and remains important.