CBC Forum: How important is it for Canada to produce its own food?

  • Every cooking show, my mother, my grandmother, everybody it seems has been and is telling us to eat locally. All the farmers markets all over the place from our Canadian fields, but, why are our supermarkets full of USA and Mexico produce all year? It seems a no brainer, ripe food trucked in from 100 kilometers versus picked green and trucked in from thousands of kilometers. Yet, somehow it isn't working to the advantage of Canadian producers. Even the question here about French's , the tomato paste is shipped to the states to be blended with water and flavoring, how is it possible that is more cost effective than doing it here closer to the market for it? I can't understand the logic or the economics of it.
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