climate change

Innovations protect fruit crops against weather, predator damage

Newcastle – Damaging weather and predators can mean the difference between a good year and a bad one on the farm. No one knows that better than Charles Stevens, who grows apples and blueberries on his farm near Newcastle, east of Toronto. He’s turned to technology and innovation to protect his apples against hail and […]

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Healthy Ontario farms will help us as supplies decline

The crystal ball says we live in the best place in the world. Personally, I’ve long been convinced of it, having lived in this area for most of my life, but this is the opinion of a bio-economy expert who spoke at the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre recently. His perspective was a bit different […]

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Loblaws chief: global trends will impact food

A series of global trends will change everything about the way we eat, says the head of Canada’s largest grocery chain. And that means both adjustment and opportunity for those involved in food, Galen Weston of Loblaw Companies Limited told attendees at the Agricultural Adaptation Council’s annual meeting in Guelph recently.

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Feeding the world without destroying it?

By 2025, farmers need to double their food output to feed an estimated global population of eight billion. That’s a startling statistic and what it means is something we all need to start thinking about. I came across it in a report on the Colorado Ag Classic, a convention of Colorado wheat, seed, corn, sunflower […]

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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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The green crystal ball

The following article was printed in the Ontario Corn Producer, December 2008. By Lilian Schaer These days, it seems hard to predict what may happen with any degree of accuracy three months from now, let alone three years into the future. But although we live in volatile times, there are some fairly safe bets on […]

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A global environmental research hub

Ontario is emerging as one of the world’s leading centres of environmental research. That was the message Ontario farm writers heard at the University of Western Ontario’s Biotron at a tour there recently. The tour was a follow up to a presentation made by former Biotron General Manager Amar Singh, who first spoke about the […]

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World water congress

It often comes up as an issue widely expected to spark future wars and dominate human consciousness some day – much the way oil currently occupies our thoughts and drains our wallets. And for some, the lack of water is already a pressing problem.

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Cactus rustling?

I saw a headline of the Arizona Daily Star here in Tucson on the weekend that just intrigued me – apparently cactus stealing is a big problem in this state. Now I’ve heard a lot about the big Saguaro cactus here in Arizona but the sheer size of them never even made me consider that […]

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Farmers doing more than their share

The following editorial was published in the Waterloo Region Record on Friday August 1. Farmers doing more than their fair share for the environment August 01, 2008 Lilian Schaer Food and farming are never far from the collective consciousness of Waterloo Region. After all, we’re home to one of the most diverse agricultural areas in […]

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Solving the food crisis?

An editorial in the Toronto Star today made me stop and think once again about the disconnect between those of us in agriculture and those who aren’t. According to the Star editorial, one of the solutions to the global food crisis is for rich nations like Canada to produce more food. On the surface, that […]

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Dealing with climate change

Helping the world adapt to climate change is the mission of a unique research facility at the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario. The Biotron, one of the most advanced of its kind in the world, is working to bridge research in environment, agriculture, medicine and engineering in order to respond to environmental change.

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Tornados in Atlanta

Two freak tornadoes tore through the city of Atlanta on March 14 and 15. I’m in Atlanta right now for the Media Relations Made Easy seminar, and evidence of the disaster is everywhere in the downtown core where I’m staying. Was this extreme weather just a fluke? Or is it a sign of things to […]

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