Brent Preston
Brent and his wife Gillian run The New Farm, a certified organic family farm located near the village of Creemore, Ontario, that supplies premium quality vegetables to fine restaurants and speciality retailers. Brent is the author of The New Farm: Our Ten Years on the Front Lines of the Good Food Revolution, to be published by Random House Canada in May.

Entries by Brent Preston

Kellie Leitch's Divisive Values Are Not Who We Are

(70) Comments | Posted December 23, 2016 | 4:55 PM

I have the misfortune of living in Kellie Leitch's riding.

Actually, that's not quite right. I have the great good fortune of living in Simcoe-Grey, a sprawling rural riding that includes the towns of Collingwood and Alliston and hundreds of villages and hamlets in between, an hour or so north-west...

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GMOs Are Safe To Eat, But I'd Still Never Grow Them On My Farm

(47) Comments | Posted November 24, 2016 | 4:29 PM

Those of us in the good food movement have spent a lot of time and energy attacking genetically modified foods for the wrong reasons. For years, skeptics have claimed that GMOs caused a whole range of health problems, from autism, to gluten intolerance, to cancer. But two decades of studies...

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The Climate Change Diet: Three Things You Can Do Right Now to Help the Planet

(8) Comments | Posted June 22, 2015 | 6:38 PM

Could it be that world leaders are finally waking up to the pressing need for action to address climate change? Two weeks ago, the leaders of the G7 group of industrialised nations agreed to decarbonize the global economy by the end of this century. It's only words at...

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Systemic Pesticides Aren't On Your Food -- They're In It

(68) Comments | Posted May 12, 2015 | 9:34 AM

You grab an apple out of the fridge and carefully wash it before cutting it up for your kids. Or you decide not to buy the more expensive organic bananas and avocados in the supermarket because you think, "Hey, I'm not going to eat the skin." If this sounds familiar,...

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Despite What You've Heard, Small Farmers are Doing Just Fine

(3) Comments | Posted April 21, 2015 | 1:07 PM

You could be forgiven for thinking that the shine has come off the small farm movement in the recent past. Last summer, an op-ed piece in the New York Times titled Don't Let Your Children Grow Up To Be Farmers kicked off the debate, warning that "the dirty...

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