food prices

Mystery of the missing garlic

It is really hard to find Ontario-grown garlic in our grocery stores. And yet there are farmers in our province that grow the pungent bulb – I know this because I’ve met some of them. I’ve even toured some farms. So what’s up with the mystery of the missing garlic in our supermarkets?!?

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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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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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Regs, regs and more regs for farmers

I keep reading the same messages over and over again lately – and from different parts of the world.  Agriculture, it seems, is under fire from government.

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Lower food costs ahead

According to some experts, there IS a silver lining in the economic cloud – lower food prices. An article I just saw in the Toronto Star says that food prices have fallen in some countries and are likely to do the same in Canada.

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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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