Month: October 2008

Breaking down the stereotypes

A farmer today likely doesn’t look a lot like the image most of us might have in our heads. Gone are the overalls and straw hat of the Old Macdonald era – replaced by folks who look just like you and I, are smart and driven and who use as much if not more technology […]

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We can’t take water for granted

The following column was printed in the Guelph Mercury today, October 30 2008: We mustn’t take water for granted By Lilian Schaer It’s widely been touted as the new oil over which the wars of the future will be fought. That’s something that is hard for many Canadians to fathom — after all, our country […]

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Canadian e.coli vaccine approved

Food safety in Canada received a boost today with the announcement that an e.coli vaccine with the potential to reduce risk to human health has been approved for use in Canada. Econiche, a livestock vaccine that greatly reduces the shedding of e.coli O157:H7 by beef and dairy cattle, is now available to Canadian farmers.

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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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Hello chefs-to-be, meet your food

We’ve got another farm tour coming up this week with young culinary students, this time from Sir Sanford Fleming College in Peterborough. The focus this time will be on chicken production and apple farming. This tour is the last in a series that AGCare and the Ontario Farm Animal Council (OFAC) have been running for […]

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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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Talking tomatoes

A tomato is a tomato, right? Well, yes, but also definitely no says a Leamington area greenhouse grower. Dean Tiessen of Pyramid Farms introduced a group of budding chefs to the breadth and depth of tomatoes on a recent tour of his farm by St. Clair College culinary students.

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Turkey and an election or two

It’s Thanksgiving Day in Canada and at least here in Cambridge ON, it couldn’t be a more glorious one. The day is everything a gorgeous fall holiday Monday should be – warm, sunny, trees full of brightly coloured leaves and although I’m working, it feels quiet and peaceful. We even had a great family Thanksgiving […]

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Bringing traceability to Ontario’s food

This post sort of links in to my post earlier today about food labelling – but certainly to the bigger issue that has been on the minds of many Canadians recently: where does my food come from? The listeria outbreak that has claimed 19 lives so far in Canada, coupled with China’s tainted milk powder […]

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Country of origin on food labels?

Just read in the paper this morning that American shoppers will soon see more foods at the grocery store labelled with country of origin. That’s good news for anyone who has ever wondered where things actually come from – and with each international food scare, like the latest tainted milk powder scandal from China, more […]

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