Strategies to overcome barriers to the development of sustainable agriculture in Canada: The role of agribusiness

  • R. J. Macrae
  • J. Henning
  • S. B. Hill


Strategies to involve agribusiness in the development of sustainable agricultural systems have been limited by the lack of a comprehensive conceptual framework for identifying the most critical supportive policies, programs and regulations. In this paper, we propose an efficiency/substitution/redesign framework to categorize strategies for modifying agribusiness practices. This framework is then used to identify a diverse range of short, medium, and long-term strategies to be pursued by governments, community groups, academics and agribusiness to support the transition. Strategies discussed include corporate greening, ethical investment, changing the legal status of the corporaton, new business forms and the development of ecological economics.


Sustainable agriculture transition agricultural policy, agribusiness corporate greening ethical investment ecological economics 


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  • R. J. Macrae
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • J. Henning
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • S. B. Hill
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.Ecological Agriculture ProjectsMacdonald College of McGill UniversityQuebecCanada
  2. 2.Department of Agricultural EconomicsMacdonald College of McGill UniversityQuebecCanada
  3. 3.Department of Entomology and Ecological Agriculture ProjectsMacdonald College of McGill UniversityQuebecCanada

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