Grow the value-added food sector to capitalize on its untapped potential

Canada should expand the value-added food sector by improving regulations to allow for the expansion of international trade of processed food products, investing in innovation, and reducing the barriers to growth inside its borders, the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Forestry said in its latest report, Made in Canada: Growing Canada’s Value-Added Food Sector.

The value-added food sector takes raw agricultural products, like apples or hemp fibre, and transforms them into something else, like cider or cat litter. Currently, only about half of the food grown in Canada is processed here, demonstrating a gap the committee believes should be closed.

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