A private and public coalition of 34 partners have released the “Business Case for Establishing the National Index on Agri-Food Performance,” a call-to-action to highlight sustainability issues.
According to the Canadian Produce and Marketing Association (CPMA), there is a global race to reduce environmental impacts, and Canada can demonstrate the agri-food sector role in combating climate change.
“This sustainability index should become Canada’s signature response for a society and marketplace that increasingly values transparency and accountability for how food is produced”, says David McInnes, the coalition’s coordinator. “We want Canada to be known here and abroad as the trusted source of food.”
Partners include: Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada, Alltech, Arrell Food Institute (University of Guelph), Bayer Crop Science, Birds Canada, BMO, Canadian Aquaculture Industry Alliance, Canadian Federation of Agriculture, Canadian Horticultural Council, Canadian Produce Marketing Association, Canadian Wildlife Federation, Chicken Farmers of Canada, Le Conseil de la transformation alimentaire du Québec, CropLife Canada, Ducks Unlimited Canada, Enterprise Machine Intelligence & Learning Initiative, Farm Credit Canada, Fertilizer Canada, Fisheries Council of Canada, Food, Health & Consumer Products of Canada, Global Institute for Food Security, Lakeland College (Alberta), Loblaw Companies Ltd., Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development, Manitoba Protein Consortium, Ontario Cattle Feeders Association/Ontario Corn Fed Beef, Nutrien, Olds College (Alberta), Protein Industries Canada, Pulse Canada, Statistics Canada, Syngenta, TrustBix Inc., World Business Council on Sustainable Development.