Category: Food

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 »

Jeff Simmons – Food Economics and Consumer Choice

There was a time when agriculture and food were sacred topics to the public. People were either on the farm or one generation removed which instilled a connection to the source of the food that we eat. In the past five years that has definitely changed as many food activists have begun attacking the large… Read more »

TIME Article Proves People Are Not Interested in Facts

I had a subscription to TIME magazine and I will be cancelling it based on the unfounded rhetoric the magazine has recently published. Writer Brian Walsh penned the cover story entitled, “The Real Cost of Cheap Food.” To say that this one sided article has raised the ire of the agricultural industry would be an… Read more »

ILC 2009: Dennis Laycraft VP at CCA – The Future Realities of MCOOL

At the International Livestock Congress, I spoke to Dennis Laycraft, Executive Vice President with the Canadian Cattlemans Association about the future realities of MCOOL. Many livestock producers on both sides of the border are very curious at to what will be the impact of this legislation. I have heard several Americans call MCOOL not food… Read more »

ILC 2009: Part 2 – Dr. Bruce German The Future of the Personalized Diet

Dr. Bruce German has done some fascinating research on milk and the affect that it has on our diet.  In this interview Dr. German talk about milk and the personalized diet.  I find that Dr. German is very interesting and provides real food for thought and it is backed up with years of research.  … Read more »

ILC 2009: Barbara Beane – KFC – Food Innovation and Safety in the Chicken Business

With the event of H1N1 poultry food safety has become a very popular topic amongst the general public not just agriculturalists.  At the International Livestock Congress in Calgary, I talked to Barbara Beane of KFC about how KFC is bringing innovative and new products to the marketplace. We also discussed how KFC manages food safety.   Check out additional… Read more »

When "Urban Farms" Cross the Line

There is increased press and interest in the concept of “urban farms.” The preached benefits are community support, less fossil fuel use and the ever popular “its safer food.”Where I think we have crossed the line of common sense is that some cities in Ontario allow back yard chicken coops for urban egg production. People… Read more »

Food Education is Important to Agriculture's Future

Food education is something that is very lacking in today’s’ society. Sorting out the definitions of organic, natural, transgenic, or biotech can be a bit hefty for those of us in the industry…never mind the consumer. Much of what we see at the grocery store today is more about marketing than anything to do with… Read more »

H1N1 Is Not A Food Safety Issue

Pigs are a host for the H1N1 virus, and yet while no pigs died directly because of the virus, it was called €œswine flu€ and the news story became focused on food safety. It sprung a lot of attention onto concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFO) as if the food supply is not safe anymore because… Read more »