A little ammunition for farmers next time you get into a discussion about the value of the industry.

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada has released a report called an Overview of the Canadian Agriculture and Agri-Food System 2013.

It provides basic information about the sector, tracks how it performs over time and reflects the challenges and changes that have occurred in recent years.

This latest report includes the fact the sector directly provides one in 8 jobs, employes 2 point 1 million people and accounts for 8 per cent of the total GDP.

It talks about how shifting consumer and societal demands are influencing changes throughout the agriculture and agri-food system.

And it says the mix of crops and livestock production is evolving, based partly on consumer demand and partly on changing market prices and conditions.

The federal report suggests Canadians enjoy some of the lowest food costs in the world.

Just under 10 per cent of our personal household expenditures are for food and non-alcoholic beverages from stores.

That’s higher than the U-S, where it’s 6 point 6 per cent.

But it’s lower than France’s 13 point 5 per cent.

You can get a look at the full report in the Economic and Market Information section of the Agriculture and AgriFood Canada website.

 

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