Month: July 2008

It’s blueberry season!

Blueberry season kicks off today at Wilmot Blueberries and Orchards, one of only three commercial you-pick blueberry farms in Ontario. Located just off Hwy 35/115 on the road to cottage country near Newcastle, the farm of Charles and Judi Stevens boasts 20 acres of blueberry bushes of different varieties – strategically selected to extend the […]

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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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Farmers need real support

The following editorial was published in the Guelph Mercury as a guest column July 18, 2008: http://news.guelphmercury.com/Opinions/article/356131 ****** Our provincial government recently announced four million dollars of funding to put more Ontario food on our tables by supporting farmers markets and roadside produce stands. As a consumer in this era of food safety scares, environmental […]

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A cattle vaccine with human health benefit – who should pay?

The following article was first published in Ontario Beef Farmer magazine, July 2008: It sickens thousands of people every year, killing some and leaving others with permanent health damage. But it doesn’t affect the animals that harbour and shed the bacteria, making the disease invisible to farmers. Now, a new, made-in-Canada cattle vaccine to reduce […]

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“Food for thought” article series

There’s a great series on the farm to fork journey of food currently running in the Kitchener Record. It’s a well-written, thoroughly researched set of articles that so far has covered produce, egg farming and pork production. Reporter Luisa D’amato is going to great lengths to immerse herself in modern agriculture to follow our food […]

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