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Healthy Ontario farms will help us as supplies decline

The crystal ball says we live in the best place in the world. Personally, I’ve long been convinced of it, having lived in this area for most of my life, but this is the opinion of a bio-economy expert who spoke at the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre recently. His perspective was a bit different […]

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Farmers fuel Formula One

There’s power in biofuel! The Ferrari team finished one-two at the opening Formula One Grand Prix of the season in Bahrain over the weekend. Sure, that’s sports news, but what also makes this feed, fuel and farm news is that these race cars were powered by an experimental biofuel made from Eastern Ontario wheat straw.

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Fuel from wheat straw at the pumps in Ottawa

A gas station in Ottawa is the first in the world to sell fuel made with wheat straw, says a major petroleum company. Shell announced that this blended fuel includes 10% biofuel made from wheat stalks – known as cellulosic ethanol.

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The right to farm and feed the world

The world’s demand for food and food-based products is set to double – if not triple – by 2050 and farmers must speak up for their right to meet that demand using conventional farming methods combined with new technologies. If they don’t, a US researcher told delegates at the Beef Industry Convention in London ON […]

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Fed dollars for ethanol research

One of the criticisms often lobbed at the ethanol industry is that using corn for fuel means there is less available for food. But a new research investment by the government of Canada aims to change that.

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Coffee for cars?

We may soon no longer be the only big consumers of coffee. Researchers in Nevada have found that used coffee grounds can be turned into a source of cheap, environmentally friendly fuel for cars and trucks.

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Obama + agriculture + Canada = ?

Now that America has it’s new President-elect in Senator Barack Obama, what does that mean for farmers? That’s a big question not only for farmers on either side of the Canada – US border, but also around the world. Although I did follow the US election fairly regularly, I didn’t pay as much attention to […]

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Do we care if it’s Canadian meat?

Do we care if our meat is made in Canada? It soon won’t matter, says a report by a Guelph-based agricultural think tank, because there may not be any.

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Farmers not to blame

The following article was printed in the Waterloo Region Record on September 30 2008. Farmers aren’t to blame for rising food prices By Lilian Schaer The global food crisis is starting to hit home. Even here in Ontario where a strong farming sector produces an abundance of top quality food and exports much of it […]

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It was like looking in a mirror

It was an all-too-familiar tune and one that most in the international audience could strongly relate to. The President of the Chamber of Agriculture and Forestry for Styria (one of Austria’s nine provinces), Gerhard Wlodkowski, talked to us about his organization’s activities last night – and chief among them was raising public awareness about how […]

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The truth about the cost of Ontario food

Guelph Mercury, August 01, 2008 Lilian Schaer The global food crisis is starting to hit home. Even here in Ontario where a strong farming sector produces an abundance of top quality food and exports much of it to other countries, higher food prices are becoming a fact of life. The growth of renewable fuels — […]

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Ethanol – an evolution to a solution?

The food vs fuel debate is raging in Canada these days as consumers face rising food prices around the world. Some are pointing the finger at biofuels, in particular ethanol, which is made mostly from corn. This corn, the argument goes, is corn that should be going to feed people, and not cars.

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Ethanol spawns a new crisis?

The record-high prices for soybeans, corn and wheat brought about by the ethanol craze are a boon to long-suffering Canadian grains and oilseed farmers who have struggled in recent years. But what’s good for some farmers spells economic disaster for others as the high prices drive up the costs of livestock feed for cattle, sheep […]

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