pork

Ten craziest products inspired by bacon

I love bacon – in fact, I’m a fan of pork in general. And especially right now, after hog farmers have taken a beating over the unfortunately named “swine flu” which was actually really H1N1 influenza, I’m supportive of any efforts to promote it and develop new market opportunities. So I was intrigued when I […]

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Where’s your favourite Ontario breakfast spot?

Breakfast is my favourite meal of the day. There’s just nothing like bacon and eggs (and coffee of course!!) to get me set for the day – especially on the weekend or when I’m travelling and have a bit more time to indulge myself. However, being on the road means the hunt for the perfect […]

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Ending the flu frenzy over pigs and pork

They’ve finally listened. Yesterday, the World Health Organization announced that they were re-naming what everyone’s been calling “swine flu” to H1N1 Influenza A. Pandemic frenzy has taken hold as we grapple with this new flu that has emerged. It was quickly dubbed “swine flu” even though it really has nothing to do with pigs or […]

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Taking care of animals on the road

At any given point, there are more animals on the move in Canada than most of us realize. Livestock – like cattle, sheep and pigs – travel our highways as they move from farm to farm or when they are sent to market. And because our food and farming sector is dealing with the same […]

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Do we care if it’s Canadian meat?

Do we care if our meat is made in Canada? It soon won’t matter, says a report by a Guelph-based agricultural think tank, because there may not be any.

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Do we want to eat Canadian food?

The following column was printed in the Guelph Mercury on September 25 2008. Do we want to eat Canadian food? By Lilian Schaer Harvest is upon us and you can’t go very far without running across someone promoting local food. It’s everywhere – new farmers’ markets and road side stands, festivals and advertisements. Everyone, seemingly, […]

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The grass isn’t always greener

An earlier post by Kelly talked about the changes in Slovak agriculture since the end of Communism almost 20 years ago. While many things have been positive, things don’t seem to be entirely rosy in the world of Slovak agriculture. Several farmers and farm managers that we’ve met on our journey so far have talked […]

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“Food for thought” article series

There’s a great series on the farm to fork journey of food currently running in the Kitchener Record. It’s a well-written, thoroughly researched set of articles that so far has covered produce, egg farming and pork production. Reporter Luisa D’amato is going to great lengths to immerse herself in modern agriculture to follow our food […]

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Meeting finicky consumers’ demands

Meeting the needs of a finicky consumer is hard – but essential for success in the evolving global marketplace. And it’s something farmers need to start committing to, according to a popular agricultural economist from Kansas State University. “We need to understand consumer needs and how ungrateful they are,” said Dr. Vincent Amanour-Boadu as he […]

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Our producers must survive

If producers don’t survive, the rest of the industry won’t either. That’s the blunt message Canadian Pork Council president Clare Schlegel is hoping the government will hear loud and clear. The Canadian livestock industry has been battling an economic crisis since last summer, when Canada’s high-flying currency helped sink cattle and hog prices and drive […]

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Agriculture’s struggle

Farming is a tough business. I’ve been around agriculture all my life and it seems as though one sector or another is always hurting. Right now, grains and oilseeds (crops grown for their oil such as soybeans, canola, sunflowers etc) farmers are enjoying record high demand for their crops – and the high prices to […]

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Keeping bugs out of the barn

A simple and relatively low cost Danish procedure may help Ontario pork producers in their fight against a devastating disease – Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS).PRRS has been a challenge in Ontario’s hog industry since the early 90’s when it was still called mystery swine disease. In 2004, new and more virulent PRRS strains […]

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Facing the farming stereotypes

An eye-catching black and white calendar aimed at changing people’s vision of what a farmer is was unveiled at a launch event in Guelph ON last night. The 2008 Faces of Farming calendar features 19 farmers from across Ontario who grow everything from pork, milk, veal, fruits and vegetables, trees, eggs, chicken, soybeans, beef and […]

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Paying more for pork – while you still can

If the consumers don’t start paying more for pork at the grocery store, they may soon not be able to buy it at all. That’s the message behind a call for retailers and processors to increase pork prices from hog farmers in seven countries around the world who have been hit hard by low prices […]

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