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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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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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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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Farmers’ environmental commitment evident in program funding demand

The Environmental Farm Plan (EFP) has long been a popular program but when the annual cost-share funding for 2009 was fully allocated in just over two months, program representatives were both surprised and pleased at the demand. One of the things driving the uptake of cost-share is the awareness that is developed through the EFP […]

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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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Our agriculture industry is at a crisis point

The word crisis is heard often at the moment. Unfortunately, it seems to be heard most often in conjunction with two other words: agriculture and farmers. In a country as wealthy and as entrenched in farming as ours, to me, there’s something fundamentally wrong with this picture.

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Take action for the environment – by learning from farmers

The federal government has developed a series of suggestions for Canadians to be more environmentally conscious. The tips – listed on a website called Take Action for the Environment – cover a variety of areas, but some of them, in my opinion, come directly from agriculture and represent things that farmers have been doing for […]

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Making a green industry greener

It has a long and proud history – and now, seemingly, also an exciting future that may help make a green industry even greener by solving some major issues facing Canada’s horticultural sector. The new Vineland Research and Commercialization Centre is what is evolving out of the old horticulture research station once run by the […]

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AgendaCamp: culinary tourism needs money, co-ordination

Money and co-ordinated leadership. Those are two things that are needed to bring culinary tourism to the next level in Ontario, say a group of participants who discussed this topic at TVO’s AgendaCamp in Kingston today.

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New food labels help consumers buy Canadian

With the new year, the new Canadian food labelling rules officially kick in, making it easier for consumers to know exactly what they’re buying and where it came from. Until now, food could be labelled as Canadian without actually having Canadian ingredients – as long as it was processed or “transformed” here.

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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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