Month: April 2009

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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What is it really costing us?

From the Guelph Mercury, Friday April 24, by Lilian Schaer: We must face up to the true costs of the things we consume The annual marking of Earth Day seems a natural choice for many of us to assess our environmental footprint and how we might be able to do more with less. This is […]

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The latest in green underwear

How about marking Earth Day with some environmentally friendly clothing? Check out the latest in trendy knickers – soy panties from a company called Uranus. No kidding. In fact, their slogan is “Help save plant earth starting with Uranus.”

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Backyard chicken flap

Tough economic times and increased environmental awareness mean we’re seeing things we haven’t seen in decades. Things like the return of the laundry line, the resurgence of the vegetable patch and even the re-appearance of backyard chicken coops. Municipalities are generally encouraging of anything that promotes environmental awareness and sustainability – but some are drawing […]

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Food, feed, fuel or fibre?

Farming – should we be focusing on food, feed, fuel or fibre? That’s a question many are grappling with these days as agriculture spreads into areas beyond traditional production of food for people and feed for animals. Can we do it all? How can we do it sustainably? On a global scale, yet locally?

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Ontario’s travelling Easter Egg Farmer

In parts of Ontario this year, Easter was marked not by the Easter bunny – but instead with an appearance by the Easter Egg Farmer. Bruce Weber, an egg farmer from the Elmira ON area, took to the road this month to promote eggs and egg farming just in time for the egg-focused Easter holiday.

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UK water rules sign of future for Canada’s farmers?

A new strategy on water usage in agriculture unveiled by Britain’s Environment Agency paints a potentially grim picture for farmers. This according to a report in Farmers Weekly, a leading British agricultural publication. The strategy includes tighter restrictions on agricultural irrigation as well as increased costs for water recycling and construction of on-farm reservoirs.

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TVO’s Agenda focuses on innovation economy

I happened to catch TVO’s The Agenda on Monday night as I was flipping through the channels and noticed that it was the final installment of their “on the road” series. This one focused on the innovation economy and was hosted in Waterloo. Normally I wouldn’t really pay much attention to that, but this time […]

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