Canada Agriculture

Use Your Lawn To Grow Food, Not Manicure

Jillian Doucette | Posted 06.04.2015 | Canada Impact
Jillian Doucette

As North Americans, we obsess over lawns--millions and millions of acres of them. We spend time, money and effort to maintain their perfection. In your own yard, you can slowly stage the replacement of grass with food gardens. Or complete the transition all at once.

Good Things Are Growing in Ontario's Greenbelt

David Suzuki | Posted 05.20.2015 | Canada Impact
David Suzuki

More than half the planet's people now live in urban areas. The need to supply food, shelter, fresh water and energy to billions of urban residents is resulting in loss of farmland, forests, wetlands and other ecosystems, as well as the critical ecological services they support, like providing food, clean air and drinking water. growing number of jurisdictions have responded by enacting strong land-use policies to protect farmland and green space through sound urban planning

A Small Village in Mali Is Farming Toward a Viable Food Future

Development Unplugged | Posted 05.02.2015 | Canada
Development Unplugged

Agroecology is a vast body of science and knowledge that for farmers like Fanta Traoré in Mali, holds answers to the major problems facing the world's food system, among them persistent and growing rates of hunger and malnutrition, a huge ecological footprint, alarming climate change, and the increasing disenfranchisement of farmers. They use their ingenuity and time-tested knowledge to work with ecosystems, soils, seeds, water, and biodiversity, while producing food for communities and sustaining farm families on the land.

Agricultural Development Plants the Seeds for Long-Term Poverty Solutions

Hélène Laverdière | Posted 06.30.2015 | Canada Politics
Hélène Laverdière

While the right to food is a basic human right, food insecurity is a serious problem around the world. The global evidence is clear. Countries that make investments in agricultural development are better equipped to eliminate hunger, reduce rates of undernourishment and accelerate their economies. What's more, increased farm incomes stimulate employment both on farms and in the broader community. Further, the World Bank found that GDP growth originating from agricultural development is twice as effective in reducing poverty as GDP growth stemming from alternative industries.

Critical Shortage Of Meat Inspectors Putting Canadians At Risk: Union

CP | Chris Purdy, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.31.2015 | Canada Alberta

EDMONTON - The union representing Canada's meat inspectors says a critical shortage of inspectors is putting the safety of consumers at risk across th...

Supply Management Must Not Be Sacrificed for New Zealand and the U.S.

Bruce Muirhead | Posted 05.02.2015 | Canada Business
Bruce Muirhead

Supply management, a sensible regulated system where domestic supply is governed by domestic demand, is under attack from critics who are uninformed about its usefulness and effectiveness for producers, processors and consumers. In short, they suggest it must be sacrificed on the altar of the Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations if Canada wants to be inside that grouping which, they all assume, would benefit the country.

Canada 'Optimistic' Trade War With U.S. Averted

CP | Alexander Panetta, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.07.2015 | Canada Politics

WASHINGTON - The Canadian government is expressing optimism that a trade war might be averted with the United States in a long-standing dispute over a...

Dear Santa: Here Is What B.C. Wants For Christmas

Dermod Travis | Posted 02.07.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Dermod Travis

Dear Santa: You probably don't get Christmas letters from an entire province, but this year we hope you'll think of adding B.C. to your magical journey.

Why Canada Needs More Food Lawyers

Glenford Jameson | Posted 12.14.2014 | Canada Business
Glenford Jameson

The development of food law in Canada is having an impact beyond the legal community and is an exciting development for anyone who engages with the food system, whether they be food entrepreneurs, scientists, regulators, or the everyday consumer.

There Will Be No Peace if the Site C Dam Is Approved

David Suzuki | Posted 12.01.2014 | Canada
David Suzuki

At an estimated $7.9 billion and growing, the proposed Site C Dam on the beautiful Peace River in northeastern B.C. has been criticized. If built, Site C would violate First Nations' rights under Treaty 8, rendering them irrelevant to the point of mockery. How long will Treaty 8 First Nations be able to sustain a vibrant, living culture when the dam devastates their land and communities?

This Tanzanian Journalist Thrived With Help From Journalists For Human Rights

Adam Bemma | Posted 11.25.2014 | Canada Impact
Adam Bemma

Mambo Jambo Radio is one of many radio stations around the world to benefit from JHR human rights media training. Knoll helped broadcaster Rotlinde Achimpota understand the importance of covering women's and children's rights stories, which has since made her a household name across northern Tanzania.

You Might Have Just Bought an Illegally Cut Piece of the Rainforest

David Fogarty | Posted 11.16.2014 | Canada Impact
David Fogarty

If you've just been shopping at the supermarket or hardware store, chances are you've brought a little bit of tropical rainforest home with you. And chances are some of it was illegally cleared.

B.C. Carbon Tax Doesn't Hurt Agricultural Sector: Study

James Glave | Posted 09.22.2014 | Canada British Columbia
James Glave

Despite industry claims to the contrary, British Columbia's carbon tax has not hurt the province's agricultural sector, a new Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions study concludes. Further, the study suggests that the more than $25 million worth of competitive "relief" that the provincial government has granted the industry in recent years may not have been necessary.

Canola Oil Could Actually Help With Diabetes, Cholesterol: Study

University of Toronto News | Posted 08.27.2014 | Canada Living
University of Toronto News

Canola is Canada's oil, and new research from the University of Toronto suggests it should also be one of the oils of choice for people with Type 2 diabetes.

Raise A Glass To Fine Ontario Wines

Hon. David C. Onley | Posted 08.10.2014 | Canada
Hon. David C. Onley

Today, viticulture is thriving in Ontario, with more than 180 wineries responsible for just over 70 per cent of total Canadian wine production, contributing an estimated $3.3 billion to the province's economy in 2011, many thousands of direct and indirect jobs, as well as $644 million in tourism and tourism employment, according to the Ontario Winery and Grower Alliance of Ontario.

You'll Get Sick Less If You Spend More Time in the Great Outdoors

Jason Tetro | Posted 08.01.2014 | Canada
Jason Tetro

Our efforts to stay clean have hampered us, leaving us with no opportunity for continual exposure to those lower levels of bacteria. As a result, when we do come into contact with them -- such as eating contaminated food -- we tend to have an increased chance of becoming ill.

Become a Citizen Scientist and Help Save Monarch Butterflies

David Suzuki | Posted 05.26.2014 | Canada
David Suzuki

Monarch butterflies are in trouble, their numbers drastically reduced. Experts and others are calling on citizen scientists -- and politicians -- to help. We can only hope our leaders live up to their commitment,. But we can also become citizen scientists to help monarchs survive.

I Fought Misleading Food Advertising – And Won

Sarah Schultz | Posted 05.20.2014 | Canada Alberta
Sarah Schultz

I have said it before and I'll say it again: I cannot stand this type of advertising and labeling---it is misleading. Why is it misleading, you ask? Because there is no GMO wheat on the market or in our food chain and food labels should not confuse a customer.

The World Is Getting Hungrier

Peter Hall | Posted 05.06.2014 | Canada Impact
Peter Hall

The world is getting hungrier. It has been said many times, but it bears repeating: the rise of emerging markets over the past three decades is now vaulting millions into the ranks of the middle class every year.

Why This Farmer's Wife Agvocates

Sarah Schultz | Posted 04.21.2014 | Canada Alberta
Sarah Schultz

I could get vicious, but I always remember that our words can heal and be life-giving or they can be hurtful weapons -- so I strive to abide my the former. Fighting fire with fire just doesn't get anyone anywhere and if the naysayers keep coming at me with negativity, in the end it makes them look disrespectful.

What is the 'Power of N'?

Carlo Montemagno | Posted 01.28.2014 | Canada
Carlo Montemagno

Over the past number of months, many have asked me what the "power of N" means. The phrase is very simple, yet it has many different layers of meaning...

How You Are Contributing To Antibiotic Resistance

Jason Tetro | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

2012-05-28-GermGuyBanner.jpgA new study out this week suggests that a third environment could become the next hotbed for antibiotic resistance. This one, however, may take the world by shock and signal that the end for antibiotics is indeed nigh. That resistance contributing environment is you, the human; specifically, your gut.

The Loss of the ALR threatens our Farmers and our Food

Amy Robertson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Amy Robertson

As our population increases and fuel costs rise, how can we continue to take land out of the Agricultural Land Reserve? The demand for locally grown food is on the rise. Farmers are searching for innovative ways to grow and market their goods here in British Columbia, especially in Vancouver. If we fail to protect land in coastal communities as well as in the Interior, we will see the end of an era of agriculture.

Land Reserve Independence In Jeopardy?

CP | James Keller, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - A leaked cabinet document that proposes significant changes to British Columbia's Agricultural Land Reserve — millions of hectares of ch...

The Truth About Food Security in Canada

Richard Doyle | Posted 11.21.2013 | Canada
Richard Doyle

Critics of supply management are putting a sharp focus on one aspect of the supply management issue, but are at risk of missing the bigger picture. ...