Month: January 2010

Food policy could end farming crisis

There’s a crisis in agriculture. It’s an oft-repeated statement, one that at times comes from beef and pork farmers, and other times from the grain or the fruit and vegetable growers. In fact, it seems as though there’s always a crisis in agriculture – perhaps in different sectors at different times, but it always seems […]

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Young Leader Award winners announced

Some great news to start off the week: I have just learned that I am one of the winners of the IFAJ-Alltech Young Leaders Award this year! This means I’ll be attending the 2010 International Federation of Agricultural Journalists congress in Belgium this spring as one of ten young leaders from around the world. The […]

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Backyard chicken checklist

The rise of the local food movement has also increased urban interest in growing food in the city. Generally, this means a small garden or some planters for tomatoes, carrots, some herbs and the like. But for some more adventurous types, this drive to “grow your own” also includes eggs – and it’s not as […]

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Soybeans in motor oils and lubricants

As demand for “green” products increases, more and more technologies and opportunities for bio-based products are emerging alongside to meet those needs. Crops like corn, wheat and soybeans are starting to replace traditional petroleum-based ingredients in these new bio-products, making them easier on the environment and lessening our dependence on non-renewable fossil fuels. They’re also […]

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Farming Food in the Nickel Belt

One of 2009’s hot stories was our growing love affair with buying locally grown food – and learning how we can do more of that ourselves. There’s an interesting story from the Globe and Mail on the CTV Olympic site: a Sudbury torchbearer is involved in a local food growing project in the region. I […]

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Back for another year…

…it’s been rather quiet – ok, totally quiet – on this blog for the last week or so. I took a few long-awaited days off from blogging and working over the Christmas holidays. Mostly it was to pack and get organized for our big move this week, but also just to take a step back, […]

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Ending the year on a sad note

The connection of this post to food and farming is tenuous at best, but I do somehow feel the need to share it. The year ended on a sad note for Canada with the news of five more deaths in Afghanistan on December 30th. Of particular interest is the fact that one of the dead […]

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