Category: Food

Food Demand Will Be Stronger Than Predicted – Glen Hodgson

The United Nations Food & Agriculture Organization’s Agricultural Outlook for 2011-2020 shows a continued trend of rising and volatile food prices spurred on by increased demand in emerging markets. Holding up that strong demand is productivity that is barely keeping pace with the growth in those markets. Population growth in countries like India and China… Read more »

Jim Brandle: Opportunities In Canada’s Culturally Diverse Food Market

The face of the Canadian immigrant has changed. What was once a predominantly European population has shifted. There are now more people coming from India, Africa, China and other countries. With that shift comes a shift in eating habits and a resultant demand for foods that fit those habits. Filling those demands is where the… Read more »

Brian Scott: I Occupy Our Food Supply Everyday

This post was originally found on his blog, The Farmers Life.  He farms in Indiana raising corn, soybeans, popcorn, and wheat.  Brian is also passionate about technology.  He showcases this passion by writing for TheMobileFarmer.com.  Follow @thefarmerslife on Twitter.  Today is the day. The Occupy movement is going to occupy the food supply. According to the occupiers… Read more »

Ron Bonnett – The Difficulty in Adopting a National Food Strategy

Adopting a national food strategy is no small task. The development of that strategy involves a number of complex issues that have to be identified by importance and then integrated together into a sustainable strategy supported by government policy and a diverse demographic. Simple, huh? There’s a reason it’s taken so long. With all that… Read more »

Feeding the Emerging Middle Class

If you only read news headlines, you’d probably be left with the impression that most of 2011 was a rough spell for Canadian agriculture. But if you dug just a bit deeper, you’d see there’s plenty of room for optimism in our sector. From the 30,000-foot level, the statistics suggest a stagnating industry. Our previously… Read more »

Tiffin 2012 – Dr. David Hughes – A Glorious Future For the Global Meat Market?

There is the assumption that in general, because the world population is increasing, the demand for meat, in particular beef, will naturally grow and expand. That generalization may make sense from a North American perspective, but eating habits here aren’t eating habits everywhere and any growth in the industry has to take place in export… Read more »

Jeff Simmons Believes in Technology to Help Feed the World

Jeff Simmons is the President of Elanco and he has truly made it his personal mission to educate the consumer on why technology is so critical to dealing with the 9 billion people problem in 2050. I had a RealAgriculture.com subscriber send me the link to the below video which is a very simple monologue… Read more »

Ep 2 Saiks AgriTreks: Growing Grapes for Wine Production in the Napa Valley

When we consider agriculture, we tend to think of the rougher, more industrial type. We think of large scale harvest machinery involved in the corn, cereal, pulse and oilseed production.  We also think of dairies, poultry barns and the beautiful ranches adjacent to the rocky mountains.  In many areas of the world agriculture takes a different… Read more »

Gary Pike: Should Supply Management Stay or Go in Canada?

The topic of supply management has been raised in the news recently. A number of different media outlets have been examining the issues surrounding it and whether or not we would be better off with or without it. So far, all answers to those questions tend to depend what area you work in and whether… Read more »

PepsiCo Switches To Nexera Oil In Some of Its Major Brands

New Coke is a formulation and a branding error that will live in infamy forever. People hate when you mess with their favourite brands. The tiniest change can make a big impact.  It’s a move that can be absolutely devastating if it’s wrong, but it’s also a move that can be extremely profitable if done… Read more »

Omega 9 Oil Use On The Rise In North America

“Healthy alternative” is one of the most popular descriptive phrases circulating in North America today. Consumers are becoming more and more health conscious as the effects of years of poor eating habits are showing themselves all over the health care system. The North American food industry has had to make some big changes over the… Read more »

Dairies are Different than the CWB Single Desk Issue

Now that it looks like the Canadian Wheat Board’s single desk is about to be extinguished, it seems that the main stream media has turned its focus to the Canadian Dairy industry.  Is the CWB situation the same as the supply mananged dairy industry?  Should the Canadian dairy industry be in Gerry Ritz’s cross hairs next? … Read more »

Farmers Feed Cities Measures Agricultures Impact in Ontario

If the numbers don’t lie, organizations like Farmers Feed Cities and the agricultural community at large have a lot of work to do. According to a recent study by that organization, 97 percent of Ontario residents agree that farming is important to the future of the province yet only 41 percent of 18 to 34… Read more »

Meeting the Global Demand for Wheat

The global demand for wheat is expected to double over the next forty years – and Canada can play an important role in meeting that demand. In addition to its growing prominence on the world stage, what makes wheat truly exciting is its significant potential for technology transformation – and Canadian agriculture has the opportunity… Read more »

What Does the Consumer Really Want? – Theresa Dietrich

As a livestock producer, how many times have you heard, “We need to produce what the consumer wants.” That is a simple impactful statement but is not as easy as it sounds. What does the consumer really want in its beef products? Do we know? Does the consumer know? Market research is key to finding… Read more »