Monday, October 26, 2015

Canadian food system ailing, says Conference Board

The Canadian food industry is not as prosperous as it should be, nor does it have a good environmental record, according to the first report of its kind from the Conference Board of Canada.

But Canada gets an A for food safety.

Released today at the Food & Drink Summit 2015 in Toronto, the report assesses Canada’s food and beverage sector performance in five areas against 16 leading Organization for Cooperation and Development (OECD) countries.

The key elements measured are industry prosperity, healthy food and diets, food safety, household food security, and environmental sustainability.

The report says “Canada earns an "A" for food safety, a "B" for food security and healthy foods and diets.

The country receives a "B-" for industry prosperity and a "C+" in environmental sustainability.

The annual report card measures 43 food performance metrics tied to the five areas of focus outlined in the Canadian Food Strategy.