What would Canada’s dairy industry look like without supply management?

Mary Baxter photo: Lynden dairy farmer Ben Loewith.
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Mary Baxter is editor of Morelmag.ca and a contributing editor of Better Farming magazine, the largest circulating farm magazine in Ontario and Canada’s top website for online farm news. In 2007, she, along with her former Better Farming colleagues won the Canadian Association of Journalists' Award for Investigative Journalism in the magazine category. In 2012, she also won the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists’ Star Prize for print journalism. Mary is based in London, ON.




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Ben Loewith and his family operate one of Ontario’s most-acclaimed dairy farms, in Lynden, just west of Hamilton. Year after year, they’ve earned nationwide industry recognition for their milk. But U.S. President Donald Trump has a beef with Loewith and Canada’s 11,279 other dairy farmers — and he’s not the only one complaining.

For years, foreign farmers (and their political representatives) have argued Canada’s supply-management system unfairly protects farmers while hurting consumers who’d rather buy imported products at lower prices. But what would our dairy industry look like without it?

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