Farming

This Tanzanian Journalist Thrived With Help From Journalists For Human Rights

Adam Bemma | Posted 09.25.2014 | 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.

Too Many Farmers Are Committing Suicide

Terezia Farkas | Posted 09.22.2014 | Canada Living
Terezia Farkas

Farmers are committing suicide as you read this article. In countries like India, the rate of farmer suicides has become a national crisis. The World Health Organization (WHO) is particularly concerned with farmer suicides because of the impact it is having on families. WHO estimates that one person commits suicide every 13.3 minutes.

Why Farmer Suicide Rates Are the Highest of Any Occupation

Terezia Farkas | Posted 09.21.2014 | Canada Living
Terezia Farkas

Farming is a fairly isolated occupation with a small, close-knit community of co-workers and family. In the small farming community, the saying that everyone knows everything about each other is true. Going to a mental health professional or admitting you are depressed quickly becomes the news. This reduced sense of confidentiality ensures farmers don't talk about their depression.

Beware The "Pollen Vortex"

Jason Tetro | Posted 06.13.2014 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

Though the atmosphere has apparently stabilized and winter will soon be gone for yet another year, for millions of people, this is no time to breathe easy. In the next few weeks, a new kind of trouble will emerge. Dubbed the 'pollen vortex' this rare springtime phenomenon will leave allergy sufferers just as miserable and clambering for the indoors.

Costa Rica's Coffee Revolution

Adam Pesce | Posted 04.06.2014 | Canada Business
Adam Pesce

On a recent trip to Costa Rica, I witnessed a "revolution," though thankfully not the kind that culminates in a coup d'état. What I saw was the so-called "micro-mill revolution" -- a new way in which coffee is processed and sold, that could help transform the way specialty coffee is traded, to the betterment of all involved.

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.

Dairy Farmers: The Original Environmentalists

Richard Doyle | Posted 08.14.2013 | Canada
Richard Doyle

Farmers love to say they are the first environmentalists. We have good base of strong practices on the farm in regards to environmental protection. Over the past several decades, dairy farmers have focused on increasing the production per cow, instead of multiplying the number of cows.

Agriculture Operations in Alberta: Breaking Down The Different Types

Teresa Falk | Posted 06.10.2013 | Canada Alberta
Teresa Falk

Golden fields of wheat blowing in the breeze and cows lazily grazing in the lush green pasture are the first things that come to most people's minds when they think of Alberta agriculture, but there's more to the provincial ag industry than grain and cattle. The Wild Rose province is home to many different types of agricultural operations such as beekeeping, sugar beets, pulses, market gardens, elk, bison, pork, chicken, lamb, turkey, dairy, eggs and much more.

Another Look at Supply Management

Richard Doyle | Posted 05.21.2013 | Canada
Richard Doyle

Canada's aggressive trade agenda has spawned much political, public and media discussion about the supply management system in place for certain agric...

Farming for Biogas: Closing the Loop on Cow Poop

David Dodge | Posted 04.28.2013 | Canada
David Dodge

French fry oil, molasses, donuts and cow manure. No, it's not the grossest Tim Horton's ever, it's called biogas and Canadian farmers are starting to wrap their heads around this farm diversification idea.

Interest Groups Turn Supreme Court Case Into 'Save the Seeds' Myth

Cami Ryan | Posted 04.24.2013 | Canada Alberta
Cami Ryan

The Bowman vs Monsanto Supreme Court hearing is big news in the United States and we are seeing ripple effects of it up here in Canada. Although some headlines sparked by interest groups that oppose modern agricultural production methods, including use of genetically modified (GM) crops, might suggest otherwise, this case is not about farm-saved seed.

The Radio Station Building Peace in Uganda

Mary Warner | Posted 01.09.2013 | Canada Impact
Mary Warner

David Okidi is a journalist in Northern Uganda and was the station manager at Mega FM, a radio station in the northern Ugandan region of Gulu. He recently joined the board of directors of Farm Radio International. Farm Radio International (FRI) helps African radio broadcasters meet the needs of local small-scale farmers and their families in rural communities. I met him for lunch.

A Bad Harvest Season Means Higher Food Prices in Ontario

Ontario Association of Food Banks | Posted 10.30.2012 | Canada Impact
Ontario Association of Food Banks

The irregular weather conditions most of Ontario has been experiencing over the past few months have set the province up for a particularly challenging harvest season. Some of the farms we talked to were not even sure if they would be opening to the public this season because it has been such a hard year. So what does this mean for Ontario? As a result of this spring and summer's hectic weather, experts are expecting to see food prices rise by 4 per cent across Canada in 2013.

Dispatches From Down East: My Potato Love/Hate Relationship

Lori Gard | Posted 09.28.2012 | Canada Living
Lori Gard

I confess: I have been wrapped up in a bit of a love affair. I have always enjoyed potatoes, but after my recent experience with our local potato festival, my love for that starchy tuber has been renewed. I don't know if it was the taste-testing on opening night or the experiences surrounding the festivities that further sparked my fever. All I know is this: from blossom to table, potatoes on P.E.I. rule the roost.

In the Prairies, We Can Talk Farm

Ross Macnab | Posted 08.26.2012 | Canada Living
Ross Macnab

You find Saskatchewan people everywhere. We often stray from the province and find ourselves working, visiting or living our lives in other parts of Canada. When you discover one of us -- as you most certainly will -- there is a good chance that the conversation will turn, at some point, to farming. I guess people just really like to talk about farming and they believe that we're more likely than others to indulge them.

The End of the Canadian Wheat Board: What's at Stake?

Darin Barney | Posted 10.22.2011 | Canada
Darin Barney

In its campaign against the Canadian Wheat Board's single desk system, the Conservative government has invoked the language of "choice," framing its intentions in terms of expanding farmers' options for marketing their produce. State intervention that forcibly undermines the CWB will accomplish exactly the opposite.

Education Helps the Garden Grow When Rains Don't Fall

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 10.20.2011 | Canada
Craig and Marc Kielburger

David Arap Kilel nearly stumbles up the hill of his slanted farm in pinstripe pants tucked into knee-high gum boots, wet despite the neighbouring dry fields. "I'm the first home in my community with irrigation!" he shouts breathlessly, waving calloused hands.

Cherry Picking Offers Lessons in Life

David Suzuki | Posted 09.27.2011 | Canada
David Suzuki

For 32 years, my family has looked forward to our annual trip toward the Okanagan Valley to pick cherries. Now, much of that land has been converted to accommodate big houses. We have to make sure we don't sacrifice the very things that made a community attractive in the first place.

Coffee Troubles Stir Rising Prices

The Globe and Mail | Shawn McCarthy | Posted 07.28.2011 | Canada Business

On a mountaintop estate in the rugged coffee-making region of Quindio, Colombia, Juan Pablo Villota is at war with the weather. For three years, ab...