Category: Food

Wheat School – Warburtons Foods Perspective of the Canadian Wheat Industry – Adam Dyck

For businesses involved in the food industry, a consistent, quality ingredient is a necessity. This is especially true for those involved in baked goods. For those businesses, wheat is a very important ingredients. For Warburtons Foods, based in the U.K., Canadian wheat is specifically what they need and want. Those needs include certain characteristics specific… Read more »

The Success of the Costco Value Chain for Farmers

By Jason Stroeve It’s a running joke that while it costs you $55 to $100 dollars a year to get into Costco, it usually costs you at least $200 dollars every time you leave. I like shopping at Costco and apparently so does the rest of the world. If you’re successful at navigating the parking… Read more »

Organic Certification in Canada Needs to Change – Mischa Popoff

If you cannot see the embedded video above click here. There are extreme challenges in the grocery store in trying to decipher all the labelling, marketing and propaganda.  With the current rise in food prices there has been an increased coverage of what food costs in the mainstream media.  Some of the most expensive food… Read more »

Neil Gripper, Elanco Discusses Food Economics and the Power of Choice .

With the global population expected to grow to 9 billion in a short period of time, the role of technology in feeding the world is debated at many conferences worldwide. Technology must play a role in the future of food or the battle versus hunger is going to be a very scary proposition. Food economics… Read more »

The Misunderstandings of “Local Food” and What it Really Means

Food has become pretty trendy. We have now have two Food Networks on cable and the growth of Farmers Markets has been strong in North America. One of the most misinterpreted terms is “Local Food.” What is local food? Seems like a pretty simple question. You would think that such a simple term would never… Read more »

Is the Power of the Food Retailer Trumping All?

By Shaun Haney We hear a lot nowadays about value chains, the integrated food system and the farmers incredibly important role in it. How many time have you heard the term, “Gate to Plate?” I can buy into this concept as long as all participants are getting a fair return for their investment in the… Read more »

Can Organic and Modern Agriculture Co-Exist?

By Shaun Haney Few debates in life involve an all or none scenario. Some people try to make things this way but in reality it is not possible. This is similar to the debate of whether organic agriculture and modern agriculture can co-exist.  The better question is why not? As I have mentioned many times… Read more »

Trying to Improve Food Distribution for Farmers in Ontario – Dr. John Kelly

Farmers markets have exploded into the mainstream with the public’s increased attention on the supply of food. Traditionally this has been where farmer’s that are interested in direct marketing their production can gather with consumers to due business. Dr. John Kelly, VP of Erie Innovation and Commercialization discussed his study to improve the distribution of… Read more »

OnTrace Helps to Provide Food Safety to Ontario Consumers – Brian Sterling, CEO

Traceability has become a word that farmers are much more familiar with over the past ten years. Many farmers used to think that their responsibility ended at the farm gate. Many would say that this is no longer the case while some people content all of this is about pushing liability down the value chain…. Read more »

Discussing Organics and Biotech with Alex Avery

As you all know the debate around food safety continues to rage on.  As we have discussed on this site before, the debate many times comes down to the discussion around combating the theory by many consumers that organic food is more healthy and better for the environment.  What we see on tv is people… Read more »

Tiffin 2010 – A Review and Outlook for Genetically Modified Crops and Food

Emotion is a powerful thing.  Many people make decisions based on emotion and not science.  There is some irony in all of this based on our scientific knowledge has never been higher.  We know more about the genome of plants than ever before in our history.  Yet at the same time emotions are high and… Read more »

Alberta Pork’s H1N1 Challenges & Responses

This was originally written by Lillian  Schaer on her blog “Food and Farming Canada“ This post is a continuation from yesterday€™s H1N1 topic that explored Alberta Pork€™s experiences at the centre of the H1N1 media storm earlier this year. The information is based on a presentation I attended by Lee Funke of Torque Communications at… Read more »

Dr. Daryl Tatum – Meat Production , Meat Quality and Consumer Wants

At the Elanco Beef Consultants Forum this month I had the chance to interview Dr. Daryl Tatum, a meat scientist from Colorado State University.  We had a chance to chat about some of the issues with the gap between consumers and producers with meat quality and production.  Dr.Tatum addressees the issue of the industry achieving efficiencies and… Read more »