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March 13, 2013

Canada’s controversial but politically untouchable dairy supply management system can be reformed, while addressing the concerns of wary politicians, consumers tired of overpaying for milk and cheese, and farmers worried about their future. In “Putting the Market Back in Dairy Marketing,” authors Colin Busby and Daniel Schwanen call for better representation of consumer interests in milk marketing decisions, a cap on milk prices, and steps to measure efficiency and open new markets for dairy farmers.

“These are politically feasible reforms that could be achieved in the near-term, reducing costs for consumers and bringing lasting benefits to dairy farmers and agrifood producers, through greater efficiency and access to growing international markets,” commented Colin Busby.


Colin Busby

Colin Busby was awarded the 2007 C.D. Howe Research Fellowship and joined the Institute as an analyst thereafter. While writing broadly on economic issues, his emphasis is on fiscal and social policy. Appointed Associate Director of Research in 2016, Colin focuses his attention on the Institute’s healthcare policy and human capital research.

Daniel Schwanen

Daniel Schwanen is an award-winning economist with a passion for international economic policy. He is spearheading Institute programs focused on the link between Canada’s international trade and investment policy and Canadians’ standards of living.