What does a changing climate mean for Canadian agriculture?

Author: Sophie Oliver
Release Date: March 14, 2013
Pages: 17

Incremental warming and increased incidence of extreme weather events are likely here to stay. So, what does this mean for Canada and Canadian agriculture? Does Canada’s geography make it exempt from the more damaging effects of climate change? Will Canada in fact gain by being able to extend its agricultural lands further north as temperatures rise? Might Canadian agricultural producers be able to cash in on higher commodity prices as competitors’ crops suffer? And will agriculture then increase in importance within the Canadian economy?

This paper, authored by Canada 2020 Research Intern Sophie Oliver, looks at the present state of Canadian agriculture, current and future trends in the sector, and its level of preparedness for the challenges, the potential benefits and the uncertainties of climate change.

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