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April 15, 2024

On April 11, Canadian Produce Marketing Association (CPMA) president, Ron Lemaire, joined Canadian Parliamentarians in productive meetings with U.S. Congress members and other officials in Washington. They held discussions around issues of impact on Canada and U.S. agriculture trade in addition to key files for the fresh fruits and vegetable sector.


These included food as medicine, the importance of integrated supply chains, food security within North America and financial protection for fresh produce sellers through Bill C-280, the Financial Protection for Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Farmers Act, currently before the Canadian Senate.


The Honourable Senators Brent Cotter and Mary Robinson, along with House of Commons Agriculture Committee Chair, Kody Blois, and Members of Parliament John Barlow, Scot Davidson, Randy Hoback and Heath MacDonald, met with U.S. officials including, Andrew Stephens, White House Lead on Plastics and Sustainability; Robert Bonnie, USDA Under Secretary for Farm Production and Conservation; Bruce Summers, Administrator of the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service; and members of the US Congressional Agricultural Trade Caucus, Chair GT Thompson, Congressman Jim Costa, Congressman Jimmy Panetta and Congressman David Valadao.


“The US Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (PACA) offers effective financial protection and an important market stability tool for the U.S. produce industry," said Lemaire. “The Canadian produce industry has been advocating for similar protection for many years. These discussions provided a great forum for our elected officials to further confirm why we need Bill C-280 to be passed into law to protect our essential sector.”


The meetings also offered an opportunity to discuss the significant industry efforts undertaken on both sides of the border to adopt more sustainable practices, including in relation to produce packaging. They also emphasized the critical importance of supporting the strong bilateral trading partnership and a fluid North American fresh produce supply chain.


"The fresh fruit and vegetable supply chain is one of the most highly integrated in the world, with benefits for businesses and consumers throughout North America," said Lemaire. “It is critical that our governments and elected officials understand this interconnectedness and prioritize measures to support food security and promote the increased consumption of healthy food on both sides of the border.”


Source:  Canadian Produce Marketing Association April 12, 2024 news release


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Submitted by Karen Davidson on 15 April 2024