health

Inside Alberta Pork’s H1N1 war room

It’s hard to imagine what it’s like to be at the centre of a media firestorm unless you’ve actually experienced it. For the staff at Alberta Pork and the communications professionals working with them, the spring of 2009 provided more first-hand experience than they could have ever wished for.

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Journalists can help debunk food misconceptions

The relationship many of us have with food is a lot like one we would have with a spouse, family member or friend. It can make us feel joy and inspire great passions – but can also evoke feelings of sadness, disappointment or guilt. We interact with it every day of our lives on many […]

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Whatever will they think of next?!?

There’s always someone looking to make a buck off someone else’s misfortune. But in this case, I didn’t think it would be the US Centres for Disease Control (CDC). One of the agencies at the head of the global response to H1N1 influenza, the CDC is reported to be selling a toy version of the […]

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Set the table for home ec

The Guelph Mercury published an editorial on the weekend in support of the idea of bringing home ec back – which I had written about in my column earlier in the week. Click here to read their editorial.

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Ontario’s culinary skills deficit hits farmers

I wrote about the general lack of culinary skills in our society in the my column in the Guelph Mercury this month. I’ve had this thought in the back of my mind for quite a while but was motivated to write about it after participating in #foodchat on Twitter last month and following the discussion […]

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Swine flu or whine flu? How media covered H1N1

Much has been said about media coverage of the H1N1 outbreak – both by the general public and by those of us in agriculture. And most of what is being said hasn’t been very complimentary. Certainly from farmers’ perspective, the media is to blame for tagging H1N1 with the nickname swine flu and then repeating […]

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From blossom to pie – and beyond

This post is part of an ongoing series about Ontario crops that are in season. I’ve loved cherries all of my life. But as with so many things, I’d never really given a second thought to how they got to my dinner table. I knew they grew on trees but the steps between blossom and […]

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An inside look at Egypt’s reaction to pigs and H1N1

A freelance science writer from Egypt speaking at a conference for science journalists helped shed some light on that country’s extraordinary decision to slaughter its entire pig population when H1N1 influenza was first announced earlier this year. Nadia El-Awady, Program Manager with the Arab Science Journalists Association, spoke about the events that led up to […]

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An engine for economic health

Agriculture is the engine that can bring Ontario’s economy back to a healthy life – and there’s more to farming than just food. So says the National Post in an article published last week – which I happen to be quoted in, but that’s not really the point of this post (had to just slip […]

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Linking food, farming and health

An impressive line up of food and health heavy-weights is scheduled to participate in an upcoming innovation forum in Toronto.

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