Month: December 2008

Coffee for cars?

We may soon no longer be the only big consumers of coffee. Researchers in Nevada have found that used coffee grounds can be turned into a source of cheap, environmentally friendly fuel for cars and trucks.

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The green crystal ball

The following article was printed in the Ontario Corn Producer, December 2008. By Lilian Schaer These days, it seems hard to predict what may happen with any degree of accuracy three months from now, let alone three years into the future. But although we live in volatile times, there are some fairly safe bets on […]

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New president at Ontario Federation of Agriculture

The Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA) elected Trenton ON-area farmer Bette Jean Crews as its new president at their annual meeting in Toronto last week. Crews, previously a Vice President of the OFA, takes the helm of Ontario’s largest farm organization during a time of turmoil in agriculture. Farmers have been hit hard with higher […]

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Consumer habits change post-listeriosis

Last summer’s listeriosis outbreak has changed some Canadians’ eating habits, suggests a new survey by the University of Guelph. Almost 40 percent of consumers surveyed say they never eat ready-to-eat meats at home, up from only six percent from before the outbreak. And 56 percent say they never eat ready-to-eat-meat products in fast food outlets […]

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Tough economic times are farmers’ times

The following editorial was printed in the Guelph Mercury, November 27 2008. We are faced with a daily deluge of bad news — falling stocks, job losses, even the dreaded “r” word. Without a doubt, our country is sliding into some tough economic times that will mean change, turbulence and upheaval. Not a pleasant prospect […]

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