The Canadian government has agreed to eliminate one of its domestic milk classes as part of a renegotiated North American trade agreement.
Removing this class from the new trade agreement — now called the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) — means that Canadian milk ingredients such as milk proteins, infant formula and skim milk powders will be priced to match U.S. pricing.
Prof. Mike von Massow, a food economist and expert on Canadian trade, appeared in an Oct. 1 Quartz article talking about how the new USMCA deal will undoubtedly hurt the Canadian dairy industry, supporting industries and rural communities.
In Canada, responsibility for agriculture is shared between the provinces and the federal government; provincial governments have yet to respond to the new trade deal.
A professor in U of G’s Department of Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics, Von Massow studies trade, food value chains and changing consumer demands for food.
Mike von Massow