Disruptive forces influencing the sustainability of Canada’s agri-food sector

Volume 3, Issue 6
November 2021

This report examines recent developments in Canada’s agri-food sector, focusing on emerging trends with the potential to disrupt existing practices and their implications for sustainability.

Over the past century, Canada has built a modern, industrialised, and internationally competitive agri-food sector that contributes substantially to the country’s employment, exports, and GDP. Yet existing agri-food systems face multiple challenges with respect to long-term economic, social, and environmental sustainability. Getting to net-zero GHG emissions in Canada by 2050 will require a major transformation of the existing fossil-fuel-dependent agri-food sector.

About the Authors

James Meadowcroft, PhD

Transition Pathway Principal

James Meadowcroft, PhD, is professor in the School of Public Policy and Administration at Carleton University where he has held a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Governance for Sustainable Development. He has written widely on environmental politics and policy, democratic participation and deliberative democracy, national sustainable development strategies and socio-technical transitions. Recent work focuses on energy and the transition to a low-carbon society and includes publications on carbon capture and storage (CCS), smart grids, the development of Ontario’s electricity system, the politics of socio-technical transitions and negative carbon emissions.


Cite as: Meadowcroft, J. (2021). Disruptive Forces Influencing the Sustainability of Canada’s Agri-food Sector. Transition Accelerator Reports Vol. 3, Issue 6, Pg. 1-31. ISSN 2562-6264.