The recent meat recall at XL Foods is just another issue to provide adversity to the Canadian cattle industry.  With one of two Western Canadian packers being forced to deal with a meat recall the lift lines have pushed an already wide basis wider.   Additionally, the topic of a struggling pork industry has left… Read More

Farmers hauling Cargill’s Specialty Canola Oil canola to Clavet, Sask., will soon see new ground being broken for a first-of-its-kind for Canada edible oil refinery, Cargill recently announced. The world-scale canola oil refinery is slated for a 2014-15 open. “(The refinery) represents the first investment of this kind for Cargill in Canada and is one… Read More

Niverville, Manitoba-based Puratone Corporation is the second major hog producer in as many weeks to hit the skids, Harry Siemens reports . Puratone filed for creditor protection today, after the board of directors agreed it was the only viable alternatives given the present financial state of the company. Puratone is a major hog supplier to Maple… Read More

Say what you want about organic food production and produce, but proponents of organics can’t claim that organic food is more nutritious. That’s according to a study out of the Stanford School of Medicine, which concluded definitively that organically produced fruits and veggies offered the same level of nutrients. There are some distinct differences between… Read More

Time to savour that juicy steak, chicken wings and delicious pork tenderloin, because within the next 40 years we’re all going to have go vegetarian. That’s according to a group of scientists from the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI). Researchers there point to water usage in livestock production as the main limiting factor of our… Read More

With the high profile stature of celebrities has produced a world where celebrities provide expert opinion on topics they see as “good causes.”   In this case it was political satirist Bill Maher (I watch the show every week) who tackled the cause of GMO food labelling. One of the guests on the panel Reason.com and… Read More

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

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

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

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 galore ranging from wood… Read More