Beyond Potash: Future of the potash industry

Commentary, Agriculture, Sylvain Charlebois

Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan (PCS) controls more than one-fifth of the world’s reserves of potash; its home province of Saskatchewan sits on roughly half of that amount. As we move forward, an assessment of our agricultural policies and marketing practices in the context of the rapidly changing world of agricultural commodities is long overdue. The strategy should make sense to all Canadians, both politically and economically.

President Obama Is COOLing It

Commentary, Natural Resources, Sylvain Charlebois

Food trade policy is essential to providing variety and affordability to consumers, no matter where they live. The food industry is largely recession-proof, but still vulnerable to external influences. With a president in the White House who seems ready to think more internationally, the virtues of free trade may be fortified. That would be welcome news to the Canadian economy during these worrying conditions.

The World Food Summit: Canada is part of the problem

Commentary, Marketing Boards, Sylvain Charlebois

The food-crisis summit that was held in Rome by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) last week reminds us that the protectionist policies of the industrialized countries are having harmful consequences on the well-being of the world population. Canada, the world’s fourth-largest exporter and fifth-largest importer of agricultural products, must show its goodwill by reforming some of its programs that harm trade.