Why Canadian Chicken Cartels Are "the Enemy of Deliciousness"

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Heritage breed turkeys and chickens are much sought after in the foodie world. And they are an important element of maintaining agricultural diversity and resilience. But in Canada it can be a challenge for small farmers to maintain unique breeds and pasture raised animals, because its illegal to sell chickens, turkeys, eggs or cows milk without quota. And quota is expensive. The Globe and Mail reports on the considerable downsides of what's known as "supply management":

But here’s what hasn’t been said about supply management: It is the enemy of deliciousness.

If you have ever wondered why you can buy heritage chickens such as the famed poulet de Bresse in France but not in Canada, or pastured butter the colour of an autumn sunset in Ireland but not in Canada, or why it’s so hard to find pastured eggs here, the reason is supply management.

Tags: Activism | Agriculture | Canada | Local Food

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