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The Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute (CAPI) and the Canada Institute of the Wilson Center are pleased to co-publish the following short piece to stimulate critical conversations of interest in both countries concerning changes to be considered during the upcoming NAFTA renegotiation talks. As think tanks and think networks, CAPI and the Wilson Center know the importance of good debate and a robust marketplace for ideas. The following piece encourages just such debate.

The contents of the piece represent an opportunity for our two organizations to present to our respective stakeholders on the frontlines of Canada-US economic policy some new thinking on important food safety issues. Food safety is not just about consumer protection, it’s about enhancing the competitiveness of the Canada-US agri-food supply chain around the world. A well-functioning food safety regime helps to increase global demand for safe and wholesome North American food products.

During a period of trade upheaval and fractured supply chains, it is particularly important to bring practical suggestions to the table that will build trade, increase competitiveness and safeguard the protection of consumers. For this reason, we are delighted to publish this report reflecting the experience and perspective of two of the largest agri-food companies in North America.

This joint publication is authored by participants in the private food and agriculture sectors and, of course, represents their views and not necessarily those of CAPI and the Wilson Center.

Read Rory McAlpine and Mike Robach's full publication here: "Risk and Reward: Food Safety and NAFTA 2.0"


Further Reading

Those interested in the topic might also want to check out "NAFTA 2.0: Trade and Safe Food" by Yadira Tejeda Saldana, Post Doctoral Fellow, Lawrence Centre, Ivey Business School, Western University.

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