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The Agonizing Story of Nosey the Circus Elephant

Sangita Iyer | Posted 09.08.2014 | Canada Impact
Sangita Iyer

It seems like a never-ending saga for the circus elephant Nosey, who has endured insurmountable pain and suffering for at least a decade. Her story has come into the spotlight after she was found limping and faltering in her gait this summer, as humans enjoyed joyrides on her back.

Bee-Killing Germs May Leave You With Less Food Options

Jason Tetro | Posted 09.27.2013 | Canada
Jason Tetro

2012-05-28-GermGuyBanner.jpg For centuries, bees have been a steady part of agriculture. However, in the last decade, due to a rather pesky germ and modern day crop management, this stability has been threatened. What's worse is that the impact could lead to less choice at the grocery store and inevitably higher prices. This past week, scientists definitively found the source of the bee population downturn. Unfortunately, it may be a case of too little, too late.

Biohackers Are Kickstarting Some Unregulated Experiments

L. Jim Thomas | Posted 07.10.2013 | Canada Business
L. Jim Thomas

Three biohackers from California have hijacked the Kickstarter machinery -- they have made Kickstarter the conduit for a nationwide release of untested, unregulated and unmonitored bioengineered organisms.

Reducing Salt Intake Could Put Years on Your Life

Timi Gustafson, R.D. | Posted 05.04.2013 | Canada Living
Timi Gustafson, R.D.

Less salt in our food supply could save at least half a million Americans from dying prematurely over the next ten years, according to separate studie...

Shipment To U.S. Can Resume For Troubled Beef Plant

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 02.07.2013 | Canada Alberta

OTTAWA - An Alberta meat plant involved in a massive recall of tainted beef over E. Coli concerns is once again being allowed to ship products to the ...

USDA Doesn't Want Tainted Meat Spoiling Trade

Tony Corbo | Posted 12.18.2012 | Canada
Tony Corbo

Next week will be the first Canadian check USDA has conducted in over three years and it comes in the middle of the Canada's biggest meat recall in history, so this portends to be a big deal. The fact that Canada has not had an audit visit in over three years immediately sent red flags up for me. It was another example of how Canada has received special treatment from USDA over the years that I believe can jeopardize the health and safety of U.S. consumers. With that as a historical backdrop and with the massive XL Foods recalls still on everyone's minds, what are the Canadian and U.S. governments proposing? Deregulation of the border inspection system. Food safety is not an area that should be deregulated. History dictates that we should strengthen and not weaken the food safety inspection system. Trade should not trump food safety.

These Sheep Did Nothing Baaaaaaaad

Liz O'Connell | Posted 06.09.2012 | Canada
Liz O'Connell

Last week, a Canadian sheep farmer, Montana Jones, reported 41 of her sheep had been stolen.