“It’s a trade of cars for pigs and cows,” said UNIFOR economist Jim Stanford, who said the fed’s willingness to sacrifice autos for gains in agriculture is “…all about the government’s political base in the West.”
Producers have long worried that PED might make its way up from the U.S., where it has killed millions of piglets
Russia is Canada’s third-largest market for Canadian pork, with imports worth about $500 million last year.
The Central American nation banned Canadian beef after the BSE outbreak in 2003.
Technology will enable production of a split-resistant sausage.
Canada risks losing all of its $300 million in annual pork exports to South Korea along with market share in some other agricultural products if it doesn’t quickly sign a free trade deal with Seoul, industry officials said Thursday.