Month: September 2010

Dispelling dispair about the future of food and farming

In Western Canada, student enrolment at various agricultural colleges is on the rise. And an increasing percentage of students flocking to programs in animal, food, life and environmental sciences are coming from urban areas, which spokespeople at these institutions attribute at least partly to the growing public interest in agriculture and food. Guelph’s Ontario Agricultural […]

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Making the harvest last all year

Last year at this time, I wrote a post about the great salsa adventure. I had spent a full Saturday with three friends turning yummy Ontario tomatoes, onions and peppers into even yummier salsa. I also canned tomato sauce and tried various jam recipes. There’s so much great produce at this time of year and […]

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Car, furniture production cheaper, greener with soy

Soybeans are helping to make industrial epoxy resins used in construction, automotive and furniture production hardier, greener and less expensive. Researchers at the University of Guelph are working on a new soy-oil based bio-resin that, when mixed with soy stalks and soybean meal, can create new biodegradable “green composites”.

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Through the eyes of a cow

Have you ever wondered what the world looks like through the eyes of animals? I think about that sometimes when I watch my dog lie in the grass, seemingly engrossed in nothing. Growing up on a dairy farm, I was surrounded by cattle on a daily basis and I remember wondering that too when I’d […]

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Solving the peanut-free school lunch problem

Over the last week or so of everyone’s back to school preparations, I’ve been noticing a lot of coverage about school lunches and the dilemna of what to send with your kids. I didn’t realize this was such a problem – I’ve been out of school myself for quite some time and don’t have any […]

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Our shocking, food wasting habits

We have a curious relationship with food in this part of the world. On one hand, we worry about it – wondering whether we’re eating healthy and fighting feelings of guilt associated with the calorie, fat or carb content when we suspect we might not be. And on the other hand, we take its abundance […]

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