Who does sup­ply man­age­ment bene t?

Truro Daily News - - OPINION - BY LEO MAN­ION Leo Man­ion Na­tional Farm­ers Union mem­ber from Mount For­rest, Ont.

Sup­ply man­age­ment was cre­ated in the 1960s by farm­ers and govern­ment to reg­u­late per­ish­able com­modi­ties such as eggs, poul­try and dairy prod­ucts.

is board also sets the price per unit based on the cost of pro­duc­tion, con­trols the qual­ity and safety by reg­u­lat­ing the use of medicines and pro­hibits the use of ge­net­i­cally modi ed hor­mones which are al­lowed in dairy across the bor­der. is body also en­sures that pro­cess­ing is done lo­cally, mean­ing less travel, fresher prod­ucts and lo­cal em­ploy­ment. But the real value of sup­ply man­aged agri­cul­ture can be clearly seen by com­par­ing ap­ples to ap­ples right here in Canada.

Non-sup­ply man­aged agri­cul­ture sec­tors in­clude beef, pork, and cash crops such as corn, soy­beans and wheat. ese sec­tors are sup­ported by sub­si­dies, grants and in­sur­ance pro­grams used to in­fuse cash into a sys­tem that sees farm­ers with no op­tions other than to sell their com­modi­ties be­low the cost of pro­duc­tion, thanks to a global mar­ket­place.

Canada-wide, these trans­fers are com­monly around $1.5 bil­lion per year, with the ma­jor­ity go­ing to large scale op­er­a­tions re­ceiv­ing mil­lions each. e govern­ment de­liv­ers a dis­pro­por­tion­ate amount of cash to the largest pro­duc­ers, en­cour­age huge elds and feed­lots in­stead of smaller tra­di­tional fam­ily farms. is model is used by all coun­tries who want to sell in a global mar­ket, as one coun­try pro­vides pay­ments, oth­ers must do the same if they want to com­pete in ex­ports.

In Canada you will only pay for your milk once, as sup­ply man­aged sec­tors do not draw from these pools, (they don’t need to). Milk pro­duc­ers get paid for what they pro­duce and only what they pro­duce: this does not cre­ate ine - cien­cies, but rather the op­po­site. Pro­grams that re­quire tax­pay­ers to pay twice for their food does a far bet­ter job of en­cour­ag­ing non­pro ta­ble op­er­a­tion. Dis­man­tling sup­ply man­age­ment will do lit­tle to ease the United States’ over­pro­duc­tion is­sues and not for long and will de­stroy one of the few suc­cess­ful farm­ing mod­els Canada has left. If you like pay­ing once for safe dairy prod­ucts bene ting lo­cal farm­ers in­stead of multinational cor­po­ra­tions, you need sup­ply man­age­ment!

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Canada

© PressReader. All rights reserved.