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Elements of sustainable Canadian food consumption: measuring self-sufficiency

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posted on 22.05.2021, 15:51 authored by Charles C. Sule
One aspect of sustainable agriculture development in industrial nations is a move towards national self-sufficiency in food production. A self-sufficiency indicator (SSI) that complements the Organization for the Economic Cooperation and Development's driving force-state-response framework on which Canada's agri-environmental indicators are based is proposed and demonstrated. A 2001 survey of Canadian household food consumption is analysed to estimate the areal measure of land required for its satisfaction exclusively by domestically produced primary agriculture. Canada is self-sufficient in field crops, which reflects its comparative advantage on the global market. The nation would require about five times the area currently under cultivation to be self-sufficient in fruit production. Vegetables consumed domestically account for just under half the area under cultivation.



Master of Applied Science


Environmental Applied Science and Management

Granting Institution

Ryerson University

LAC Thesis Type