A Ministerial Greeting!
When Canada’s Minister of Agriculture & AgriFood, Laurence Macaulay, takes the time to drop Food Day Canada a letter of support, we are totally jazzed. Before he took on his current portfolio, his farmer-focused mandate was HUGE! He understood how important Food Day Canada is to the people of our amazing nation…and besides he lives on a farm in Prince Edward Island. Agriculture is a major economic driver for much of Canada. Canada is the 5th largest agricultural exporter in the world, and the agriculture and agri-food industry employs 2.3 million Canadians (that’s 1 in 8 jobs). We produce about 75% of the world’s maple syrup, we are the world’s largest exporter – and one of the largest producers – of flaxseed, canola, pulses, oats and durum wheat.
Agriculture has many meaty contributions. There are 10.1 million beef cattle (including bulls, beef cows, heifers, steers and calves) in Canada. In addition, roughly 26 million pigs are raised in Canada each year, making us the world’s third-largest exporter of pork products, after the European Union and the United States.
Manufacturing is a critical part of the contribution made by Agriculture to the modern economy. In today’s world, not too many people take home a sack of grain and mill it themselves; they rely on manufacturing to prepare products for home use. The food and beverage processing industry is the largest manufacturing industry in Canada with annual sales worth $112.4 billion. It accounts for 16% of total manufacturing shipments and for about 2% of the national GDP. It’s the largest manufacturing employer and provides jobs to 285,100 Canadians. Agriculture and agri-food grows the economy in a wide variety of ways, including over $110 billion generated each year in related manufacturing. For more go here.
We’ll be looking forward to his participation and maybe even a favourite recipe or two! After all, even Ministers have to eat and I’ll bet this one cooks, too.Ministerial Greeting 2018 English
Ministerial Greeting French 2018