If you listen to the radio in Canada at all, you’ve likely heard the same advertisement I’ve heard. It’s the man describing the 200 thousand kids that take part in the Timbits soccer program, with a child thinking 200 thousand children must be every kid in the world. Every time I the commercial, I wonder…how many… Read More

Provincial and federal government representatives chose a fitting week in Ontario — Craft Beer Week — to announce an investment of over $1.6 million into 20 projects at breweries across the province. “Ontario’s craft beer industry is a great success story for this province,” said Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Lawrence MacAulay. “Craft brewers continue to build… Read More

What’s it like to have 2,000 consumers show up for breakfast at your farm? It’s not that big of a deal if you’re organized and have plenty of volunteers, says cash cropper and dairy farmer Evert Veldhuizen. He and his brother, Jan, hosted the latest Ontario ‘Breakfast on the Farm’ event Saturday morning at their… Read More

Food and ingredient companies like Nestle, General Mills and Cargill are looking to pulses to make their products more nutritious. “There’s a lot of pressure from the food industry, from consumers right now to make more healthfulness and nutrition in food products,” explains Heather Hill, project manager for pulse flour milling and food applications at… Read More

A new ‘Stop at Subway for Ontario Grown’ program will see local tomatoes, cucumbers, onions and peppers featured at the restaurant chain’s 1,300 Ontario locations during the 2016 harvest season. The announcement comes in the midst of Ontario’s Local Food Week, with funding from the Ontario government’s three-year, $6 million Local Food Investment Fund and… Read More

Wearing blue t-shirts that read “Canadian milk matters,” dairy farmers from across Ontario and Quebec rallied on Parliament Hill on Thursday. The event was organized to show support for supply management and to bring attention to a basket of import-related concerns, explains Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC) president Wally Smith, in the interview below. “We don’t… Read More

On Wednesday, McDonald’s announced the completion of its Verified Sustainable Beef (VSB) Pilot, and handed the results — and recommendations — to the Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (CRSB). “It’s a really exciting day to talk about the accomplishment over the last year and a half that McDonald’s has been doing the pilot project here in Canada,” said… Read More

“We did it! We did it,” exclaimed Francesca Debiase, chief supply chain and sustainability officer for McDonald’s, pumping her hands through the air, at yesterday’s celebration of the conclusion of McDonald’s Verified Sustainable Beef (VSB) Pilot in Calgary. “Several years ago, McDonald’s supply chain made a really interesting discovery,” Debiase explained, “and that discovery was… Read More

61% of Canadians have a “very or somewhat” positive impression of Canadian agriculture according to a new national survey released by Farm and Food Care (FFC) and the newly minted Canadian Centre For Food Integrity. That’s the highest ranking Canadians have given farming since FFC started asking Canadians for their impression of the industry 10… Read More

Update: Health Canada formally announced its proposal to approve irradiation of fresh and frozen ground beef on June 17th. A 75-day consultation period with Canadians will end on September 1, 2016. The proposed regulatory changes are published in the Canada Gazette, Part I, for June 18, 2016. 18 years after formally asking the Canadian government for… Read More

Besides offering unique craft beers like “Confused Sea Cow,” “Screamin’ Reels,” and “The Salty Buddha,” a small, Florida-based craft brewery is offering a unique innovation to a global concern. Well known for its passion for marine life and the sea, Saltwater Brewery, in partnership with WeBelievers, has developed a six-pack ring that isn’t just biodegradable and compostable, it’s also… Read More

While many farmers were busy seeding on May 21st, thousands of people around the world spent the day rallying against genetic engineering and other innovations in crop science, at what is known as “March Against Monsanto” (MAM). Most of the people at the rallies proclaim that genetic modification, herbicides and other technologies used to produce food are,… Read More

Headlines in mainstream news last week declared that genetically engineered (GE) crops are no more dangerous to humans than conventional crops following the release of a major study looking at the risks and benefits of GE crops. The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine published what many have called the most thorough review to… Read More