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Where food, farming and bombs collide

When they’re planting their crops, farmers in this area must always keep an eye out for unexploded bombs. Their lands were once battlefields and the dangerous remnants of those conflicts are still a threat today, decades after the end of hostilities. Now any number of war-torn corners of the world may come to mind as […]

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Top food and farming posts

I’ve been blogging about food and farming for about two and a half years. Here are the most popular posts I’ve written on this blog during that time. Some of the earlier ones were posted before I linked this blog to Twitter, which is why you’ll see low or non-existant tweet counts on those pages.

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Finding markets for the whole soybean – even hulls

One of the things I enjoy a lot about my job as a freelance food and farm journalist and corporate writer is the chance to learn about really cool new things. The story below about soybeans, which I originally wrote for Ontario Grain Farmer and is published in the May/June 2010 issue, is one of […]

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Connecting rural Canadians to the Internet

For many of us, the Internet is a vital part of our daily lives – business and pleasure. Personally, I have a hard time imagining my life without the Internet in it in some way shape or form. From a work perspective, I’m a freelance writer and communications project manager and my husband and I […]

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Saving Ontario’s fruit farms

This post is courtesy of fellow blogger and farm and food aficionado Tiffany Mayer. She writes in the Niagara Region – check out her blog, Eating Niagara or follow her on Twitter. Len Troup has been doing something unusual this past week. The Jordan Station tender fruit grower has been farming. It’s a drastic change […]

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Plea from farmers: Save our farms

Ontario’s farmers are using a town hall meeting in Stratford today to reach out to the public. The Save our Farms forum will focus on the beleaguered state of Ontario’s farming sector and on what the future of an Ontario without farming could look like down the road if nothing is done.

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Meeting consumer demands for marbled pork

Consumers are looking for the full flavour of marbled pork and work is now underway to bring such products to the Ontario market. Ontario Pork has taken the lead in working with farmers, retailers and processors to determine the level of marbling consumers want, evaluate different swine genetics and feeding regimens and assess the quality […]

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Fruit and veg snack program a no-brainer

We all know diet and nutrition are directly linked to health, and we’re often told we can help make that link by eating plenty of fruits and vegetables. Yet, as a population, we seem to be getting fatter and unhealthier – a trend that is most alarming in young people as we see childhood obesity […]

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Cows that moo…and tweet!

A couple of weeks ago I had the chance to visit a dairy farm in Brant County, southwest of Toronto. It was a beautiful farm with a state of the art robotic milking system – which basically means, the cows decide for themselves when they’re ready to be milked and the machine takes care of […]

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Farmers get some PR pointers

This is a longer version of a post I put up last week – and this article is also printed in the Ontario Farmer this week. *** An episode of Oprah. A film called Food Inc. A hard-hitting Time magazine cover story. A series in the Toronto Star. The last year was not a good […]

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Is farming on the right track?

An episode of Oprah, a hard-hitting Time magazine cover story, a film called Food Inc. – farming is under increased, often one-sided scrutiny leaving many people to wonder whether modern agriculture is on the right track. Rob Hannam, President of Synthesis Agri-Food Consulting, believes it encourages everyone to do more to address public perceptions of […]

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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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Soybeans in motor oils and lubricants

As demand for “green” products increases, more and more technologies and opportunities for bio-based products are emerging alongside to meet those needs. Crops like corn, wheat and soybeans are starting to replace traditional petroleum-based ingredients in these new bio-products, making them easier on the environment and lessening our dependence on non-renewable fossil fuels. They’re also […]

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Back for another year…

…it’s been rather quiet – ok, totally quiet – on this blog for the last week or so. I took a few long-awaited days off from blogging and working over the Christmas holidays. Mostly it was to pack and get organized for our big move this week, but also just to take a step back, […]

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Feeding the world without destroying it?

By 2025, farmers need to double their food output to feed an estimated global population of eight billion. That’s a startling statistic and what it means is something we all need to start thinking about. I came across it in a report on the Colorado Ag Classic, a convention of Colorado wheat, seed, corn, sunflower […]

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