02-01-2014 15:13 PM | Canada

Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz says Canada facing challenges in 2014

If Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz could have one wish come true in 2014, it would probably be to somehow squeeze politics out of farming and trade.

In the coming months, Canada will be heading to the World Trade Organization to lay the groundwork for possible sanctions against the United States over country-of-origin meat-labelling rules (COOL) that are bleeding Canadian beef and hog producers.

Ritz said the looming trade war could be avoided if U.S. policy were based on fairness and science instead of to harvest votes.
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