Category: Food

Before You Decide to Egg-liminate From Your Diet…..

Online news feeds, morning programs and other sources in North America are airing some version of this headline: “Egg yolks are as bad for you as cigarettes”. Dr. David Spence and colleagues from the University of Western Ontario in Canada conducted this research. The results state that eating egg yolks accelerates placquing of arteries in a… Read more »

Be Sure to Follow Pre-harvest Intervals of Insecticides

While much of Manitoba’s canola crop is already in the swath or being combined, Alberta and Saskatchewan fields are at or approaching proper swath timing. Unfortunately, late season pests like bertha armyworm are also building substantially in many areas. Why is this an issue? Because of the pre-harvest interval (PHI) required for many insecticide products…. Read more »

Pulse School – The “Total Package” Approach to Chickpea Breeding

When we talk about the total package approach in any crop breeding program, we mean that every effort has to balance a number of key elements, not taking away from any of them while trying to add to all of them. In chickpea, as with most crops, those efforts are directed at the areas of… Read more »

Wheat School – Evaluating Wheat Varieties For Milling & Baking

The fortunes of a new wheat variety rise or fall depending on their end use characteristics. The food industry in particular needs varieties that exhibit certain traits during processing. If they don’t meet those specific needs in a commercial area like milling or baking, they simply can’t be used. SEE MORE EPISODES OF THE WHEAT… Read more »

Wheat School: How Are New Varieties Brought to Market?

Bringing a new variety to market is not a simple task. In our fast food culture we want everything yesterday, not so much with new wheat varieties. Though it may not seem like it, that’s a good thing. Depending on what that wheat is being bred for, it’s critical that it sees a variety of… Read more »

How Much Meat Do We Eat?

Do you eat as much meat as you used to?  Many people in North America do say no, yet the the US still eats the second highest amount of meat per capita in the world according to the Economist.   The average American consumers 276 pounds of meat per year while Personally I still love… Read more »

Teaching Agro-Literacy to Chefs

Photo by Jared Sych SAIT Polytechnic in Calgary has some unique things going on within its Culinary Arts programs. Tom Bornhorst, the Dean of Hospitality and Tourism provided us with a recent tour of their facilities, which includes a well maintained vegetable garden, a charcuterie lab, public market, dining room, breakfast bar, patisserie and equipment… Read more »

Greater Market Volatility and the Need For Risk Management In Agriculture

The future for agriculture is bright. The simple truth behind that is that people need to eat. We know that the demand is there and will continue to be there as the world population grows and emerging economies grow and develop. While that sounds all well and good for the agricultural producer, the fact is… Read more »

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  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 subscriber send me the link to the below video which is a very simple monologue… Read more »