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Sustainable Growth

A farm near Beaver Hill, AlbertaWorld population, per capita income and the demand for food are on the rise. Alberta's geographical location allows good access to a host of consumers: eight million in western Canada, 50 million in the western United States and millions in the Pacific Rim market. The North American Free Trade Agreement and negotiations in the Pacific Rim are helping provide further access to these markets.

Alberta's vision for the agriculture industry over the next ten years includes a doubling of the primary sector to a $10 billion industry and a quadrupling of the processing sector to a $20 billion industry. Expansion and intensification of agriculture in Alberta may place additional pressures on the terrestrial ecosystem. Industry and environmental organizations in Alberta agree that there is a need to ensure that this expansion takes place in an environmentally suitable manner based on the best scientific information available.

Department of the Environment. State of the Environment Report, Terrestrial Ecosystems. Edmonton: n.p., 2001. With permission from Alberta Environment.




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