Canada Agriculture

Celebrating The Local Food Movement And Canada's Place In It

Rebecca LeHeup | Posted 11.18.2016 | Canada Living
Rebecca LeHeup

Our food-obsessed culture is more interested than ever in sourcing their food locally, and local food experiences have become one of the primary travel motivators. Through a comprehensive study, we discovered the rise of food tourism is driven by the values of the modern consumer, specifically millennials, who look for immersive travel experiences.

Genetically Modified Mustard Fails On Every Count

Colin Todhunter | Posted 11.04.2016 | Canada Impact
Colin Todhunter

In 2006, Monmohan Singh, the then-prime minister of India, made a deal with George W. Bush to open India's agriculture sector to U.S. agribusiness interests. Since that time, India has been under pressure to change its land acquisition and seed patenting laws

Seeds Of Occuption: India's Stockholm Syndrome

Colin Todhunter | Posted 10.11.2016 | Canada Business
Colin Todhunter

Occupation can take many forms. It does not necessarily imply a military presence or military domination. For example, in India right now, there is a drive to get genetically modified (GM) mustard sanctioned for commercial cultivation; this would be the first GM food crop to be grown in the country.

Keep Bayer-Monsanto's 'Trojan Horse' GM Mustard Out Of India

Colin Todhunter | Posted 10.03.2016 | Canada Business
Colin Todhunter

The decision whether to allow the commercialization of the first genetically modified (GM) food crop (mustard) in India is nearing. Serious conflicts of interest and outright fraud could mean the decision coming down in favour of commercialization.

5 Ways You Can Help Prevent The Post-Antibiotic Era

Jason Tetro | Posted 10.03.2016 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

2012-05-28-GermGuyBanner.jpg The concept of tolerance isn't relevant only in the microbial world. All biological life has the ability to tolerate, including humans. A perfect example of this phenomenon occurs in those able to eat hot, spicy foods. You might think they are simply born with stronger tongues. But that isn't the case. Instead, in most cases, a biochemical modification has occurred in one of the proteins found on the tongue.

Food Production Must Serve Human Need, Not Corporate Greed

Colin Todhunter | Posted 09.27.2016 | Canada Impact
Colin Todhunter

Across the globe healthy, sustainable agriculture has been uprooted and transformed to suit the profit margins of these transnational agribusiness concerns. If we continue to hand over the control of society's most important infrastructure -- food and agriculture -- to these wealthy private interests, what might the future look like? We don't need to imagine: We can see the effects right now.

Is Globalization The Collapse Of Culture?

Steffani Cameron | Posted 09.07.2016 | Canada Travel
Steffani Cameron

As I travel, I'm learning how dire it is when these companies with massive international funds behind them invade and usurp regional cultures with global products that have no soul, no passion, and certainly no emotional resonance for those regions.

It Is Time India Declared Independence From Monsanto And Big GMO

Colin Todhunter | Posted 08.10.2016 | Canada Impact
Colin Todhunter

Monsanto is now very much embedded in India. It has even been called the 'contemporary East India Company' and says GM food is necessary to feed the world's burgeoning population. Such claims are hidden behind a veil of humanitarian intent, which is easily torn away to expose self-interest. India does not need GM to feed itself and no false argument or regulatory delinquency to force them in can disguise this.

Pro-GMO Spin Diverts Attention From Root Causes Of Hunger

Colin Todhunter | Posted 08.04.2016 | Canada Politics
Colin Todhunter

When it comes down to it, it's not really a case of being pro- or anti-GMO. It's a case of being anti-corruption and pro-democratic. When hugely powerful corporations flex their political and financial muscle, they can and do effectively slant science, politics and regulation to suit their own self-interest.

Will Growing Our Fuels Drive Us To A Cleaner Future?

David Suzuki | Posted 07.27.2016 | Canada Business
David Suzuki

Biofuels offer several advantages over fossil fuels. Most are less toxic. Crops used to produce them can be grown quickly, so unlike coal, oil and gas that take millions of years to form, they're considered renewable. They can also be grown almost anywhere, reducing the need for infrastructure like pipelines and oil tankers and, in many areas, conflicts around scarcity and political upheaval.

How Canada Should Support Low-carbon Growth Abroad

Development Unplugged | Posted 07.22.2016 | Canada Politics
Development Unplugged

At last year's Paris climate change agreement, all countries committed to help adapt to climate change and reduce emissions. Canada's official development assistance (ODA) now needs to focus on realizing these commitments. Ensuring maximum impact will require attending to areas where need is greatest and where Canada has particular expertise.

The Key To A Bright Future Could Rely On "Dark Earth"

David Suzuki | Posted 07.06.2016 | Canada
David Suzuki

Feeding more than seven billion people with minimal environmental and climate impacts is no small feat. That parts of the world are plagued by obesity while starvation is rampant elsewhere shows part of the problem revolves around distribution and social equity. But agricultural methods pose some of the biggest challenges.

Want To Empower Rural Women? Give Them Sanitary Pads

G(irls)20 | Posted 06.22.2016 | Canada Impact
G(irls)20

Menstruation is universal, it is a part of a woman's identity and is something all women have to go through every single month. What the advertising neglects us to see is the thousands of women out there who have to work under very harsh conditions while having their periods.

Why Buying Local Really Means Supporting Your Community

Ontario Association of Food Banks | Posted 06.01.2016 | Canada Impact
Ontario Association of Food Banks

Next week is Local Food Week in Ontario, a celebration of the rich agricultural bounty we're so lucky to have access to in this province. The local food movement has been all the rage for the past few years, and shows no signs of stopping anytime soon. Grocery stores highlight local produce when it's in season, innumerable "farm to table" restaurants have popped up, and farmers markets continue to grow in popularity.

Feeding Humanity In A Warming World

David Suzuki | Posted 05.25.2016 | Canada Impact
David Suzuki

Industrial agriculture has made it possible to produce large amounts of food efficiently, but comes with problems, including pollution, reduced biodiversity, pesticide resistance and consequent increased chemical use, destruction of forests and wetlands, and human health issues such as antibiotic resistance.

Probiotics May Help Lower Pesticide Problems

Jason Tetro | Posted 02.29.2016 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

2012-05-28-GermGuyBanner.jpg While governments attempt to find the right balance between agriculture and human health, researchers have turned to our microbial counterparts in the hope of finding species capable of breaking down chlorpyrifos. The goal has been primarily to find beneficial candidates with little concern for public health. After all, it's rare that one can get the best of both worlds. Yet this indeed may be the case.

We Should Love Bees, Especially The Wild Ones

David Suzuki | Posted 02.24.2016 | Canada Impact
David Suzuki

Public attention in Canada has largely focused on domesticated European honeybees, but research indicates the honeybee crisis is part of a wider problem affecting hundreds of lesser-known but crucially important wild bee species.

The TPP Hands Control Over Trade To The World's Wealthiest

Sujata Dey | Posted 01.20.2016 | Canada Politics
Sujata Dey

The world's top one per cent own more than 50 per cent of the world's wealth. The ability to make policy and to enforce it at the national level is essential to combat the slide towards plutocracy, under which society is controlled by the wealthiest citizens. Mr. Obama and Ms. Freeland, please listen to your own rhetoric. Pull the plug on the TPP and CETA.

Bioactives - A Possible Alternative To Antibiotics In Agriculture

Jason Tetro | Posted 12.14.2015 | Canada Business
Jason Tetro

The World Health Organization has led the charge to raise awareness and ensure the public understands the looming crisis of what is commonly known as the post-antibiotic era. In essence, we may be forced to return to a world in which these life-saving medicines are no longer effective.

Should Canadians Worry About Hormones In Milk?

Sarah Schultz | Posted 10.27.2016 | Canada Business
Sarah Schultz

It's unclear if the potential fluid milk from the United States would be blended with Canadian milk, or any number of possibilities -- from what I gather, these stories on news outlets are all speculation and prospect, as nothing has been proverbially set in stone at this time.

How to Manage the Challenge of Reputation Management

Paul S Hillier | Posted 10.20.2016 | Canada Business
Paul S Hillier

Is reputation management the same as corporate social responsibility? Should our company send press releases for good news but close ranks when it's bad news? Myths about reputation management are rarely made as explicit as these questions, but misunderstandings such as these create a disconnect.

The Ecological and Economic Costs of Food Waste Is Staggering

David Suzuki | Posted 10.08.2016 | Canada Living
David Suzuki

In North America we tend to focus on how food is grown and harvested -- organic, free range, cage-free, Marine Stewardship Council, fair trade, non-GMO, vegetarian-fed and locally grown among them. From a sustainability point of view, though, the most important question is missing from these labels: Will this food be eaten or will it end up contributing to the world's growing food-waste problem?

Canada's Regional Divisions Laid Bare In TPP Talks

CP | Alexander Panetta, The Canadian Press | Posted 10.02.2016 | Canada Business

ATLANTA — From the Liberal governments of eastern Canada, it's consternation. From a western Conservative premier, however, the prospect of Canada...

This Company Exemplifies the Power of Work-Life Integration

Tiffany Leigh | Posted 08.25.2016 | Canada Business
Tiffany Leigh

The seamless integration of work and life has been imperative to the growth and successes of Clif Bar & Company. By fostering a community connectedness through group exercises, community service, and shared weekly organic meals together in their in-house cafe, they've openly discussed the types of food they want in their diets and for their families.

How to Build Better Suburbs

Lisa Jackson | Posted 08.07.2016 | Canada Living
Lisa Jackson

Agrihoods can also be potentially profitable, partly by attracting buyers and appreciating property values. Agritopia is not only self-sustaining, but actually generates revenue by selling produce to upscale restaurants and chefs.