Alberta can help solve food shortages

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In this Calgary Herald op-ed, Deborah Yedlin, CEO and president of the Calgary Chamber explains how Alberta can help solve food shortages.

“Just as Canada can help alleviate global energy supply challenges, the same holds true for food supply. Canada accounts for 12 per cent of global wheat production, exporting to 70 countries and is the world’s largest producer of pulse crops. 

But, like the energy sector, there isn’t a switch that can be flipped to increase crop production in short order. 

Even though change doesn’t happen overnight, Canada and Alberta remain well-positioned to grow agriculture production, and exports, over the long term. There have been investments in smart agriculture technologies, regenerative agriculture practices and data analytics throughout the province, with Alberta Innovates launching the Smart Agriculture and Food Digitalization and Automation Challenge to increase the value of Alberta’s agri-food products. 

As the world grapples with food security, Canada has a once-in-a-generation opportunity to boost production that can play a meaningful role in feeding a growing global population expected to number 10 billion by 2050. 

But we need to attract capital and demonstrate our ability to scale modern technologies. Not only is this important for Canada’s economic future, but it is also critical to ensure we can feed ourselves and the world in a sustainable, safe and affordable way.”

Do you agree with this point of view? If yes, how can we better support Canadian agri-businesses?