food

Grocery store shelf-labelling program comes to Ontario

An innovative shelf labelling program that is already being used in over 250 stores in Western Canada has come to Ontario. Through smartphone-enabled tags, Localize highlights regional products s and provides shoppers with information about the origin of food products right at the shelf. Each product considered local under the program has a QR code […]

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Celebrate Ontario’s first Local Food Week

Farm & Food Care is leading efforts on behalf of Ontario farmers to encourage Ontarians to support local food – and they’re turning online to reach out to consumers. June 2 – 8 marks the first-ever Local Food Week in Ontario, which was part of the Local Food Act the provincial government passed last year.

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Focus on reducing food waste, not just boosting production

Note: This commentary was originally published in Ontario Farmer, June 25, 2013 edition. June 5th was World Environment Day. I don’t normally pay much attention to these kinds of things – we seem to have a day for everything – but this one got me. The theme of World Environment Day this year was food […]

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Our shocking, food wasting habits

We have a curious relationship with food in this part of the world. On one hand, we worry about it – wondering whether we’re eating healthy and fighting feelings of guilt associated with the calorie, fat or carb content when we suspect we might not be. And on the other hand, we take its abundance […]

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A food nerd’s mountain top lunch

My brother called me a food nerd today. I guess he’s right when I consider what I was doing to make him call me that. We are in Switzerland this week and today we were in a mountaintop restaurant above Zermatt, having lunch. As soon as my lunch arrived, the first thing I did was […]

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The spaghetti tree hoax

In honour of April Fool’s day…a joke involving a spaghetti tree is listed among the top 100 hoaxes of all time. In 1957, the BBC broadcast a story about a bumper spaghetti harvest from spaghetti trees in Switzerland. Many UK listeners called in with questions, including how they could grow their own spaghetti trees.

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Food policy could end farming crisis

There’s a crisis in agriculture. It’s an oft-repeated statement, one that at times comes from beef and pork farmers, and other times from the grain or the fruit and vegetable growers. In fact, it seems as though there’s always a crisis in agriculture – perhaps in different sectors at different times, but it always seems […]

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The milestone unnoticed

Today marked an important milestone in Canada – and it probably went unnoticed by most of us. February 12 is 2009’s Food Freedom Day, the day when Canadians have earned enough money to pay for their year’s grocery bill.

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Popular corn product not linked to obesity

Maybe it’s not as bad for us as we’ve been led to believe. The “it” I’m talking about here is high fructose corn syrup, popularly blamed as one of the big causes of North America’s obesity problems. That link was made in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition a few years ago and has been […]

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