Month: January 2009

Fed dollars for ethanol research

One of the criticisms often lobbed at the ethanol industry is that using corn for fuel means there is less available for food. But a new research investment by the government of Canada aims to change that.

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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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Linking food, farming and health

An impressive line up of food and health heavy-weights is scheduled to participate in an upcoming innovation forum in Toronto.

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The flip side of banning biotech

I came across an interesting post today on a blog called “Gate to Plate” by Michele Payn-Knoper. She talks about hunger and how sad it is that in a country as rich in land, food and farmers as the United States, children have to go without.

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Agriculture on The Agenda

Here are a couple of photos from the taping of The Agenda on Monday night in Kingston. The show dealt with Ontario’s agricultural economy and was preceeded by a day long workshop – called AgendaCamp – of discussions on that topic.

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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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Discussing agriculture’s future at AgendaCamp

Discussions on the future of the agricultural economy in Ontario are well underway as about 100 participants are gathered here in Kingston today for AgendaCamp.

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TVO AgendaCamp on my agenda

The economy is top of mind with most of us these days – including TVO’s The Agenda. The nightly Ontario TV show is heading to Kingston this weekend as part of its “On the Road” series focusing on local economies in the province. And I’m going to be part of the fun.

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“Buy local” resonates with consumers

Foodland Ontario is one of the most recognizable brands in our province – and their “buy local” messages are making a difference with consumers. Recent market research shows that almost 3/4 of Ontario grocery shoppers look at where food is produced when they’re making their purchasing decisions. 

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Popular corn product not linked to obesity

Maybe it’s not as bad for us as we’ve been led to believe. The “it” I’m talking about here is high fructose corn syrup, popularly blamed as one of the big causes of North America’s obesity problems. That link was made in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition a few years ago and has been […]

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Taking care of animals on the road

At any given point, there are more animals on the move in Canada than most of us realize. Livestock – like cattle, sheep and pigs – travel our highways as they move from farm to farm or when they are sent to market. And because our food and farming sector is dealing with the same […]

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Partners in life AND work

Many couples would find it nigh on impossible to work with their spouse or significant other and manage to stay together. My husband and I work together and I’ve lost track of the many times I’ve had people comment to me about how odd this is and how do we manage not to kill each […]

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Treating industrial wastewater – with soy

Soybean hulls are primarily a by-product of processing or oil extraction. Traditionally, they are used as a fibre supplement in animal feed as way of creating some value-added use for them. But research at the University of Windsor focuses on a new and environmentally friendly use for these seed coats as well – in industrial […]

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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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