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CCA Statement on global climate change agreement

Calgary, AB - The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) looks forward to learning more about the global climate change agreement reached in Paris on Saturday and to meeting with Minister of Environment and Climate Change Catherine McKenna and other officials to learn what the commitments are and how the Canadian beef sector fits into the new agreement. The Canadian beef industry is well positioned as a leader in environmental stewardship. Canadian beef producers are already actively engaged in reducing environmental footprints, including greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, through continual improvements in health programs, sustainable production and innovation.

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Canadian Cattlemen’s Association, Canadian Pork Council, National Cattle Feeders’ Association and Canadian Meat Council Welcome WTO Arbitration Ruling on COOL

December 7, 2015

Canada’s beef and pork sectors welcomed today’s long awaited decision by a World Trade Organization (WTO) Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) Arbitration panel with great satisfaction. The arbitrators have determined that Canadian livestock producers have suffered annual damages in the amount of $1. 055 billion CAD. U. S. mandatory Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) has been in effect since 2008. As the arbitrator’s finding shows, in these seven years the cumulative losses for the Canadian beef and pork sectors have been staggering. At every step of the process, the WTO has repeatedly found that the U. S.

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International Beef Alliance position on COP21 Climate Change Meeting

December 1, 2015 - The beef industry is actively engaged in reducing environmental footprints, including greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, through improvements in health programs, sustainable production and innovation. The International Beef Alliance (IBA), previously the Five Nations Beef Alliance, represents beef producer organizations from Australia, Brazil, Canada, Mexico, New Zealand, Paraguay and the United States. The Alliance represents approximately 48% of beef production in the world. Sustainable beef production is a high priority for the IBA. At IBA’s recent annual conference in Mexico, each member described its efforts to improve sustainability of beef production in its country.

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CCA welcomes new Liberal Cabinet

Calgary, AB – The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) congratulates Justin Trudeau, sworn in today as Canada’s 23rd Prime Minister, and his new Cabinet. The CCA looks forward to working with the new Federal Government to develop and implement policies and actions favourable to Canadian beef producers. The CCA is particularly eager to embark on a collaborative working relationship with Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay and International Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland to ensure the momentum of opening international markets for Canadian beef exports continues.

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CCA statement on IARC Review of Red Meat and Processed Meat

Calgary, AB – The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) has reviewed the monograph, Carcinogenicity of consumption of red and processed meat, as published today in The Lancet, which summarizes the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) Review of Red Meat and Processed Meats. The Working Group charged with the review classified consumption of red meat in Group 2A, or “probably carcinogenic to humans,” which refers to a degree of certainty of causation. It is important to note that IARC conducts hazard assessments, not risk assessments.

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CCA Statement - IARC Review of Red Meat and Processed Red Meat

The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) will respond to the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) Review of Red Meat and Processed Red Meat on Monday, October 26, following the public release of the document. The CCA will share its initial perspective on the report’s findings recognizing that these are complex issues where there are different opinions from scientific experts and some additional time will be required to consider this report in a comprehensive manner. At this time we do know that meat’s very significant nutritional benefits are not considered in the IARC evaluation.

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'Strategic Marketing Plan Look-Back Review’ finds Legacy Fund well managed

The Canadian Cattlemen Market Development Council (CCMDC) is pleased to provide stakeholders with an independent, third party examination of the allocation of the Canadian Beef and Cattle Market Development Fund over its 10-year lifespan. Also known as the Legacy Fund, the Canadian Beef and Cattle Market Development Fund was established in 2005 when the Governments of Canada and Alberta committed $80 million ($50 million and $30 million respectively) to the industry to support long-term market development of the beef, beef cattle and genetics industries following the detection of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) in Canada in 2003.

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Beef Sector Comments on Federal Election 2015 Results

Calgary, AB – The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) congratulates Justin Trudeau and the Liberal Party of Canada (LPC) for its majority victory in Canada’s 42nd general election. Canadian beef farmers have enjoyed much needed profitability in recent years and are poised to expand with the right operating conditions. Despite the positive revenue side of farmers’ operations, much improvement is needed on the cost and availability of inputs to ensure beef producers remain competitive. The availability of labour, competitive market access, financing and funding for research are all top priorities that the CCA hopes to work with Ottawa to address.

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