Farmers were naive to expect much help from a government that’s obsessed with city-slicking ideas, says the writer. | Paul Yanko photo

Expecting more from gov’t a mistake

The Canadian Federation of Agriculture really set the bar high with its recent $2.6 billion aid request. When a federal program barely worth $252 million was announced, the disappointment felt throughout the farming community wasn’t surprising. The funds were indeed underwhelming and won’t be enough to get some of those producers to stick around. Many […] Read more

Many consumers are taking to social media to complain about inflated prices at the grocery store, but the writer argues that these accusations are often unfounded. | File photo

Food profiteering unusual in Canada

Even if they really haven’t had good reason, many Canadians have felt food insecure lately. Access to food has been a concern. Affordability is certainly a close second. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis, consumers have occasionally taken to social media to report inflated prices by retailers. Even though the accusations were warranted in […] Read more

A new study that questions a blanket ban on red meat consumption is the latest instalment of what has been described as an often-biased approach to the subject.  |  File photo

Red meat debate has been one-sided

For a few years, we’ve been force-fed the notion that red meat and processed meat products threaten our health. But the protein war between the livestock industry and plant-based supporters has taken an interesting twist. In 2015, the World Health Organization went as far as to say that processed meats were carcinogenic, adding them to […] Read more

The author argues the federal government’s new national food policy is an affront to anyone who considers Canada’s agri-food sector to be the cornerstone of the economy.  |  File photo

Canada’s first food policy is pointless

After more than two years of work and hearing from almost 45,000 Canadians, Agriculture Canada has released its first ever food policy. A total of $134 million will be spent to support this five-year plan that centres around four major pillars: food security, health, environment, and the sustainable growth of the agriculture and food sector. […] Read more

Maple Leaf Foods’ decision to open a new plant in the United States is an example of how an unskilled labour force, capital access deficiencies and poor infrastructure conditions are threatening Canada’s food processing sector.  | REUTERS/Mark Blinch photo

Canada’s food processing needs a lift

Maple Leaf Foods, the largest pork processor in the country, has opted to build its new meatless plant south of the border. The iconic Canadian food company recently announced plans to spend US$310 million on building a 230,000 sq. foot processing plant in Indiana where its Lightlife Burger will be made, along with other products. […] Read more

A report that overwhelmingly favours plant protein over meat has its merits but ultimately ignores our food heritage.  |  File photo

Scientists fixate on plant-based diet

When the prestigious medical journal The Lancet published a 51-page report this month laying out a plan for a sustainable “planetary diet” that transforms how we eat and live, it made a big splash. The group of 37 experts are members of the EAT-Lancet Commission, which was brought together by the Stockholm-based non-profit EAT, dedicated […] Read more

Consumers are gradually walking away from traditional grocery stores.  |  Getty Image

Online groceries change retail business

One after the other, grocers are going online. All of them, at some point over the last 12 months, have announced some sort of commitment to an e-commerce strategy. Costco launched its home delivery pilot in Ontario, while Maxi, Loblaws’ discount stores in Quebec, jumped on the virtual bandwagon with their Click and Collect program. […] Read more

It’s sensationalist to argue that meat should be taxed like tobacco because tobacco is not essential to life and food is.  |  File photo

Meat is not the ‘new tobacco’

The idea of having to pay a sin tax for environmentally detrimental foods is gaining support. For some, eating meat is a sin, and therefore meat products should be taxed like alcohol and tobacco. A new report published recently by a British group called Farm Animal Investment Risk and Return Initiative argues that a tax […] Read more

The price-fixing strategy was not so much about getting more money out of consumers as about managing margins. Sylvain Charlebois calls it inexcusable.  |  File photo

Loblaw, Weston bake the numbers, burn consumers in price-fix scandal

Most Canadians were stunned and dismayed to learn that the country’s leading grocer was caught in a price-fixing scheme with bread-maker George Weston Ltd., which is owned by the same company. The scheme lasted from 2001 to 2015. As a result, Loblaw Companies Ltd. fired several people and gave $25 gift certificates to millions of […] Read more

Federal tax proposals may bring in $250 million annually but the implications for the agrifood sector will be costly.  |  File photo

Tax reforms fail to understand ag sector

Until recently, two things were certain in life: death and taxes. We can now add a third one: botching the promotion of a tax reform for political gains. Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s tax reform has been a communications disaster. Claims about Ottawa’s intentions to revamp our tax system for small corporations have been ridiculous. Some […] Read more