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Ontario's Farmland Is Under Threat

It is unsustainable and irresponsible for Ontario to dig up farmland and natural heritage sites while blasting through water tables to supply aggregates for growth plans that pave over prime farmland. We can and must do better -- for the health of our economy, environment and communities.

Worldwide, Dairy Farmers Are Crying Over Spilled Milk

If you look around the world at successful dairy farms, they are consistently faced with the issue of competitiveness, which I define as the ability to product a commodity profitably in a sustainable manner year after year. While we have our own challenges in the Canadian dairy sector, we are also fortunate to be working within a system that offers stability and consistency.

Another Look at Supply Management

Canada's aggressive trade agenda has spawned much political, public and media discussion about the supply management system in place for certain agricultural sectors, including dairy. The C.D. Howe In...
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Are We Paving Over Our Natural Wealth?

If we value local food and want to maintain the critical benefits that nature provides, we must put food and water first. That's why we're calling on municipalities and provincial governments to redouble their efforts to protect our remaining farmland and green space from costly, polluting urban sprawl.

What the Board and Management Want From Each other

I recently trained a group of directors and CEOs from the banking and agricultural sectors in Texas and Arizona. We discussed mutual expectations on the part of the board and management. The following represents the output of these discussions, which could apply to a variety of boards.
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What's Up and Down With Canadian Exports

Canadian exports rose by 1.0 per cent in October led by a stunning increase in agricultural exports. The combination of this year's bumper harvest with high global food prices was expected to yield significant gains, but many analysts were surprised by the extent of the rise in international sales.
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Mega-Quarry Victory Belongs to the People

We, as citizens, have to overcome seemingly insurmountable odds to protect the environment. It just happened in Ontario, where Highland Companies announced it was withdrawing its plan to build a massive open-pit limestone quarry in the rural countryside north of Toronto. People power won! And it wasn't the first time it's happened in Canada.
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David Suzuki Wants to Stop Mega-Quarry

A billion tonnes of limestone lie beneath the rural countryside in Melancthon Township, 100 kilometres north of Toronto. A plan to remove it spotlights the challenges faced everywhere when the desire to protect valuable and ever-diminishing farmland clashes with efforts to push industrial development.
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Hey Rosetta! Visits Honduras with Seeds of Survival

The release of Hey Rosetta's Juno nominated album Seeds triggered a connection between lead singer Tim Baker and USC Canada's global Seeds of Survival program. Taking a "break" from the band's busy touring schedule, Tim recently travelled with USC into the mountains of Honduras to see the seeds and the food sovereignty work being done down there. Here's what he wrote about it.

In the Prairies, We Can Talk Farm

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 Science Funded by Your Tax Dollars

While Harper is cutting funds to scientific research, the government doesn't actually understand how it works. Science should feed into policy discussions, but in and of itself science cannot and should not dictate what policy directions should be taken.