Every Canadian meal has an environmental footprint. Today, there is a growing concern about this environmental footprint and what must be done to improve the sustainability of the food system. Improving this sustainability becomes all the more important considering the pressures it will face to expand production. With global population estimated to climb to over 9 billion by 2050, Canada will be among a handful of food-exporting countries called upon to satisfy rising food demand.
This report examines the major areas of environmental risk relating to Canada’s food system. It describes key steps to improve agri-environmental risk governance in Canada and the ability of the food system to respond to challenges and opportunities in the years ahead. In so doing, the report provides a basis of evidence and analysis to help inform the dialogue around food system sustainability in Canada.