It’s usually organizations representing farmers who try to alert the public to the ongoing financial struggle on farms, and its impact on rural communities. This week veterinarians added their voice. A group called the Atlantic Bovine Practitioners Association issued a short statement, but with a very clear message:
Atlantic Beef is in crisis.
The Atlantic Bovine Practitioners Association (ABPA) recognizes locally produced beef as a vital component of the Atlantic agricultural industries and community. Atlantic Beef is a high quality wholesome product and its production is essential for the sustainability of rural life in Atlantic Canada. However, beef production in Atlantic Canada is in crisis as the result of many factors including (but not limited to) the importation and marketing of foreign beef in our supermarkets. The ABPA invites and supports all initiatives that develop and strengthen the local infrastructure needed for the processing and marketing of Atlantic Beef at home and supports initiatives which educate the public of the unseen benefits of buying local. The social and economic spin-offs of growing, processing, and selling beef produced in Atlantic Canada are essential to rural revitalization.
I don't think I can add much more to that.