Month: September 2009

Using social media in agriculture

I spent the day in Saskatoon today with reporters and editors from the Western Producer. Once a year, they all gather together for a staff conference – and today, I was on the agenda to do an introduction to social media. I am generally quite intrigued by the endless possibilities posed by social media, excited […]

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Experience new world agriculture in Canada

Canada is a land built on the foundations of agriculture and the hard work of generations of immigrants and farmers. These are the people who came to what was the “New World” to lay the groundwork for the life, culture and society we enjoy here today. Around the globe today, our country is admired as […]

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Once you start, you just can’t stop

I think I could be newly addicted. This year, more than ever before, I’ve been focused on local foods and making a conscious effort to buy and consume more of them, especially Ontario fruits and vegetables. Not only are they good for me, but I believe it’s important to support our own, in this case […]

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Farmers turn to alternative agriculture

Growing numbers of farmers are turning to alternative agriculture and agri-tourism initiatives to help them earn a living. That message was illustrated by several speakers at the recent Canadian Farm Writers Federation annual meeting in Edmonton, Alberta earlier this month. Ron Hamilton, Mary Ellen Grueneberg and Doug Livingstone have each found a different niche for […]

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Journalists can help debunk food misconceptions

The relationship many of us have with food is a lot like one we would have with a spouse, family member or friend. It can make us feel joy and inspire great passions – but can also evoke feelings of sadness, disappointment or guilt. We interact with it every day of our lives on many […]

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Making farming exciting and cool

It’s modern, innovative and exciting – words we all try to associate with agriculture when we talk to the public about what we do and where our food comes from.

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Getting the scoop on food and farming straight from the source

The Internet is a wonderful thing. It brings the world to our fingertips, regardless of where we might be. However, it also makes easier than ever before to spread rumours, misinformation and half-truths. And there’s a lot of that floating around out there – in both new and conventional media – about agriculture and what […]

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Whatever will they think of next?!?

There’s always someone looking to make a buck off someone else’s misfortune. But in this case, I didn’t think it would be the US Centres for Disease Control (CDC). One of the agencies at the head of the global response to H1N1 influenza, the CDC is reported to be selling a toy version of the […]

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Farms up close and personal

For anyone curious about food and farming, this is your season! Fall means harvest and along with it come a multitude of opportunities to visit farms, talk to farmers and see first hand how our food is produced. You can find events in your area by checking in with your local farmers’ market, chamber of […]

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Mystery of the missing garlic

It is really hard to find Ontario-grown garlic in our grocery stores. And yet there are farmers in our province that grow the pungent bulb – I know this because I’ve met some of them. I’ve even toured some farms. So what’s up with the mystery of the missing garlic in our supermarkets?!?

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