Imagine A Farming Industry That Grows Food, Not Corporate Profit

Colin Todhunter | Posted 09.12.2016 | Canada Business
Colin Todhunter

Nyeleni (global congress for food sovereignty) produced The Declaration of the International Forum for Agroecology. It advocated a model of food production radically opposed to the current corporate-controlled system. The declaration represents a challenge to transnational agribusiness. Rather than wanting to transform society and food and agriculture, these state-corporate interests require business as usual.

Nature's Most Dangerous And Destructive Super Predator – Is Us

David Suzuki | Posted 09.08.2016 | Canada
David Suzuki

Predation is an important natural function. But as the human population has grown, we've taken over management of ecosystems once based on mutually beneficial relationships that maintained natural balances. How are we, a "super predator," aligning with or diverging from natural predation processes that shaped the world?

Dealing With Wasted Food By Planting Seeds Of Partnership

Second Harvest | Posted 08.16.2016 | Canada Impact
Second Harvest

What can't be used by Second Harvest's own agency network is shared with a growing network of like-minded food organizations from Halton, Durham, Peel, and Waterloo, all the way to Hamilton and Montreal. Dispersing these surplus potatoes to organizations and people in need has created stronger reciprocal and peripheral partnerships.

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.

Wild Mountain Meat Offers Less Guilt And Twice The Taste

Tamara Griffiths | Posted 07.29.2016 | Canada Living
Tamara Griffiths

We all know many reasons not to eat meat: because of cruelty to animals, particularly within the industrial farming production system, or human health...

Farm To Table, Meet Vine To Wine

Christy Brissette, MSc, RD | Posted 07.15.2016 | Canada Living
Christy Brissette, MSc, RD

The farm-to-table movement is about reconnecting with where our food comes from. The emphasis is on quality ingredients you can trace back to the farm to understand how it was grown, harvested and got to your plate (or glass).

The Dilemma Facing Canadian Farmers

Tiffany Leigh | Posted 06.14.2016 | Canada Living
Tiffany Leigh

Ontario produces more asparagus than the rest of Canada combined, with 90 growers alone in the province; this amounts to 3500 acres worth of asparagus to harvest from. It is a $25 million dollar industry. Due to asparagus farmers investing in this kind of research and breeding, initially, it was a success story. But circumstances quickly changed.

How Dining Out Can Improve Your Community

Lyda Mclallen | Posted 03.01.2016 | Canada Living
Lyda Mclallen

Over the past few years, the terms 'organic' and 'sustainable' have become buzzwords for health. But these words go beyond a person's health. Supporting local organic food and farming can help revitalize the economy. Community-based agriculture has the potential to create jobs and develop small businesses. Encouraging locals to stay healthy is the side job.

Lethbridge Biogas: Turning Food Waste Into Green Power

David Dodge | Posted 02.05.2016 | Canada Alberta
David Dodge

Lethbridge Biogas takes the manure and food waste, mixes it together, heats it to 39 degrees Celsius and captures the methane (natural gas) to power twin 1.4 megawatt generators to produce enough power for 3,000 homes. The 3.9 million litre digesters resemble giant, squat grain silos with dome tops.

Reviving A Fractured Food System Through Organic Food

Tiffany Leigh | Posted 12.31.2015 | Canada Living
Tiffany Leigh

If you've purchased any local Ontario food before, it probably came from this region you've likely never heard of. In fact, it is the number one producer of tomatoes, carrots, seed corn, cucumbers, pumpkins, sugar beets and brussels sprouts in all of Canada. However, none of it is being consumed by its community members.

Kupfert And Kim Offers An Accessible Take On Vegan Fare

Tiffany Leigh | Posted 12.18.2015 | Canada Living
Tiffany Leigh

Suss and Kupfert's aim is just to offer another choice to the city -- not just for vegetarians and vegans, but for those who are seeking quality foods to enrich their diets with. Even the most staunch of carnivores can enjoy meals here (points at self)

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.

The Alberta NDP Needs A Lesson On 21st Century Governing

Todd Herron | Posted 12.07.2015 | Canada Alberta
Todd Herron

The Alberta NDP provincial government is getting its ass kicked with Bill 6. Nowhere in the Alberta NDP election platform does it mention occupational safety on farms. So where did this major piece of legislation come from? The Alberta NDP is using an obsolete "you elect us, we govern you" style that was already rapidly dying 20 years ago -- a style that became highly ineffective under the information openness of the Internet.

Local Isn't Better When It Comes To How Your Food Is Grown

Blair King | Posted 11.23.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Blair King

Modern agricultural practices are the only reason the earth can feed more than seven billion souls while still leaving any room for nature. By returning to our pastoral roots we risk setting back environmental progress while negatively affecting human and ecological health.

Orlando's Dining Scene Is Experiencing A Revolution

Tiffany Leigh | Posted 11.13.2015 | Canada Travel
Tiffany Leigh

Yes, there's still a litany of chain restaurants that reside in the endless string of plazas and strip-malls one sees on International drive. But, as far as the perception goes that it represents Orlando's dining scene -- is an outdated notion -- a relic of the past.

While Worried About The Election, We Forgot About World Food Day

Carl Duivenvoorden | Posted 10.31.2015 | Canada Impact
Carl Duivenvoorden

The fact that it passed entirely without notice reaffirms just how lucky we are to live in this blessed land of plenty. But perhaps it's a good occasion to reflect upon the importance of food in our tumultuous, changing world.

From Farm To Table, To Your Gratified Body

Stephen Perrin | Posted 10.29.2015 | Canada Living
Stephen Perrin

With farm-to-table goods, I find the taste is cleaner, richer and I always feel more energized. That's partly because I don't need to eat as much to feel full. I'm getting more for every mouthful. That's because our bodies crave nutrition from what they're taking in. If our food is low in nutrients, it can often leave us feeling hungry for more. Like something vital is missing.

The 10 Best Universities for 'Hippies' and 'Hipsters' | Posted 10.02.2016 | Canada Living

Do you rock skinny jeans and dark-rimmed glasses on a near-daily basis? Or are you someone who's passionate about the environment and sustainability? If so, you're probably interested in what Canadian universities are doing to foster and support these sub-cultures.

Why the Best Organic Food Isn't Getting to You

Christy Brissette, MSc, RD | Posted 09.25.2016 | Canada Living
Christy Brissette, MSc, RD

Buying fresh, local food is a priority for many people, but it's not as easy as it sounds. Do you really know where your food comes from? Ask a few questions and you may just find the "local" food you're paying a premium for at your farmers' market or grocery store has traveled way farther than you'd like to think. It's no wonder we're all confused about where to get fresh and healthy food.

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.

From Farm to Table, to Your Gratified Taste Buds

Stephen Perrin | Posted 08.18.2016 | Canada Living
Stephen Perrin

I believe in real food. I take no greater pleasure than putting something on the dinner table that was basically in the ground this morning. You truly can taste the difference. Sure, I know how to cook -- but my real secret is found in the products I'm using. I'm talking about local ingredients -- from my produce to my meats.

Farming Regulations Could Rob You of Your Most Fundamental Right

Jonathan Rizzolo | Posted 08.12.2016 | Canada Living
Jonathan Rizzolo

What we choose to eat is our most fundamental right. At least, it should be. What deeper connection do we have to our natural world than with the food that becomes part of our own flesh and bone? Farming, then, should be seen as one of the most valued and respected trades. Yet, government efforts to control our food supply is threatening food security and our freedom as a community.

What It Means to Connect With Your Food

Tiffany Leigh | Posted 08.08.2016 | Canada Living
Tiffany Leigh

What does it mean to "connect with our food"? There's so much hype and hysteria over this phrase that it's difficult to cultivate an organic experience these days. Not so with the Stratford Chefs League.

14 Signs You're a Farmer in a Drought

Sarah Schultz | Posted 07.17.2016 | Canada Alberta
Sarah Schultz

As a farming family, it's really depressing to see a year's worth of planning just baking away in the fields, losing your profit and losing your yields every day. So, trying not to worry about our crops more than we are, a little humour to lighten the mood...

Systemic pesticides aren't on your food -- they're in it

Brent Preston | Posted 05.12.2016 | Canada Living
Brent Preston

The flourishing organic farm movement in North America proves that we can grow food economically and sustainably without resorting to an accelerating chemical arms race. Systemic pesticides are causing harm to our environment on a massive scale. We don't need them. There is no conclusive evidence that systemics are harmful to humans, but we've been consuming a cocktail of different systemic chemicals for decades now, and there's been virtually no study of what that might mean for our long-term health.