Category: Food

Health Canada Approves Irradiated Fresh and Frozen Ground Beef

Recognizing irradiation as a safe and effective treatment to reduce bacteria in ground beef, Health Canada has published new regulations allowing the sale of irradiated fresh and frozen raw ground beef. The final regulations were published in Canada Gazette, Part II on February 22, and take effect immediately. Irradiation involves exposing food to low levels… Read more »

Carbon Tax Hits Greenhouse Industry Hard

How easily could your farm business absorb an added $120,000 bill? That’s approximately what Jan Vanderhout, co-owner of Beverly Greenhouses, says the new Ontario carbon tax will cost him this year, or just over $6,000 per acre of greenhouse space. Vanderhout, a third-generation greenhouse grower and the chair of the Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers’… Read more »

150 Millennials “Meet in the Middle” to Celebrate Canadian Agriculture

The inaugural “Canada’s Agriculture Day” is slated for Thursday, with celebrations of Canadian agriculture planned in communities across the country. In Alberta, organizers of an event called “Meet in the Middle” are bringing together 150 millennials for a five-course meal and conversation about food in the Willow Lane Barn near Olds. As Terry Andryo, ATB Financial’s senior… Read more »

Food Freedom Day— Canadian Food Privilege Isn’t Consistent

It’s pretty hard to beat food. We need it, we like it, and it can be an incredibly significant part of who we are. As any shopper knows, though, food can also be expensive. The good news for us Canadians is our national food dollar isn’t actually that high. Despite what our grocery bills suggest,… Read more »

When Evidence-Free Fear Causes Real Harm: Timothy Caulfield

Why are celebrities so influential when it comes to trends? Turns out, we may actually be programmed to follow prestige. But, as Timothy Caulfield explains, we may not always recognize this behaviour in ourselves, claiming instead that “everyone else” falls for such things, but not us. Caulfield, a professor with the University of Alberta’s law… Read more »

Spilled Milk Commercial Has Dairy Farmers Crying Foul

Have you seen the Dairy Farmers of Canada newest ad? (Scroll down to view) The latest television commercial and billboard campaign has received critical acclaim from advertising big wigs, but at least some of the farmers the ad represents aren’t exactly thrilled with the “crying over spilled milk” commercial calling it “horrifying,” “dark,” and “confusing.”… Read more »

Use Your On-Farm Savvy to Start a Small Business

Donald Trump may or may not succeed in building a wall between him and us for what he calls security purposes. But let’s be clear: we appear to be entering a new era of American protectionism. If it’s not a physical structure that comes between us, in the name of saving US jobs and lives,… Read more »

Northern Ontario — Distraction or Attraction?

Sitting in the Northern Exposure presentation at the Southwest Agricultural Conference, I watched with fascination as a room full of southern Ontario farmers were captivated by Prairie agriculture. How’s that, you ask? Well, farming in Ontario’s “north” is far more similar to farming in Manitoba than the rest of the growing region of Ontario, and this Prairie… Read more »

French Company Roquette to Build $400 Million Pea Processing Plant in Manitoba

The chairman and CEO for French food ingredient company Roquette were in Winnipeg on Wednesday to announce plans for a $400 million pea processing plant to be built near Portage la Prairie, Man. Coinciding with Global Pulse Day, Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister and Agriculture Minister Ralph Eichler hosted the announcement at the Manitoba Legislative Building…. Read more »

Beef Market Update: 2017 Starting off on Firm Footing

We’re kicking off the Beef Market Update with likely the most positive-sounding Anne Wasko we’ve heard since last spring (it’s not her fault, dem cattle markets, you guys). Kelvin Heppner steps in for Shaun Haney in this latest look at beef and cattle prices across Canada and into the U.S., and Wasko can’t help but… Read more »

Pushing Back Against the “Food Police”

There are tradeoffs that need be considered when it comes to decisions about food and food policies, whether it’s prioritizing “good” fats, local food or requiring different animal care procedures. “We’re in the early stages of the arguments being made for greater control of our food system,” explains Dr. Jayson Lusk (@JaysonLusk). “The danger is people… Read more »

Ring in the New Year with Made-In-Ontario Ice Wine

If you’ve ever been out in early winter and seen grapes on the vine, you likely were looking at future ice wine — a sweet made-in-Ontario dessert beverage (and more!). In this festive-themed interview, Lyndsey Smith asks Bill George, past-president of the Ontario Grape Growers, what makes ice wine special, when the ideal time to… Read more »

Why Farmers Take the “Non-GMO Project Verified” Label Personally

I’m a farmer that likes to leisurely scroll through Twitter a few times a day. A lot of my feed is fellow farmers sharing the things they are doing, reading & thinking. Earlier this month one popped up from a farmer in Manitoba. He was criticizing the move by a local cheese maker of his… Read more »

Saskatchewan Names Farm & Food Champions

For the first time, Farm & Food Care Saskatchewan have honoured an individual and an organization as “Champions” of food and farming. Announced earlier this month in conjunction with the Farm & Food Care Farms at the Table conference, the Champion Award was given to Dr. Leigh Rosengren, a veterinarian, epidemiologist, and beef producer from… Read more »

New Year Prediction: Your Natural Capital Will Be Trending

Every decade or so, the rest of the world realizes how cool it is to be a farmer — to be someone with “natural capital,” that is, a steward of natural resources such as healthy soil, clean water, and good air. In my lifetime, it’s happened a few times in North America, driven initially by… Read more »