Higher beef prices may force some consumers to switch to chicken or pork or look at non-meat alternatives for protein, says the author.  |  File photo

Consumers explore beef alternatives

North American consumers are starting to notice price in-creases at the meat counter. Meat prices in the United States jumped 8.4 percent in April from the previous year, while meat prices in Canada are likely to go up by five to six percent this year. Given that meat prices barely rose over the previous two […] Read more

Canada’s global trade awakening begins

Two new trade deals have given Canadian agriculture a much-needed lift in recent months. The new potential openings in the Europe Union and South Korea are timely, coming in the wake of the behemoth $1 trillion U.S. farm bill that clearly undermines the Canadian livestock industry with its protectionist country-of-origin labelling rules. Canada’s true global […] Read more

The new U.S. farm bill is so unCOOL

The new American farm bill contains significant bad news for Canada. Signed by president Barack Obama a few weeks ago, this $956 billion deal will increasingly isolate America from the global agrifood market, and the once strongly integrated North American agricultural economy will become progressively less fluid. Frankly speaking, this strategy appears to suggest that […] Read more


CFIA should release food test results

The organic movement was served a toxic dish recently when the media disclosed that a Canadian Food In-spection Agency study suggests organic food contains pesticide residues. The report claimed that half of a sample of organic products randomly tested had traces of pesticides. To explain why results were not disseminated when the study was completed […] Read more

Consumers need info to reduce food waste

Increasing concerns about food waste in the West recently led a former top executive in the food retail business to develop a business model in which food waste is reduced upstream from consumers. His concept, The Daily Table, is proposed as a chain of hybrid grocery store-restaurants cooking on-site with expired food products and then […] Read more


Food recalls are unfortunate but lead to changes in regulations and protocols in food handling that improve food safety.  |  File photo

XL recall had positive effect on food safety

Food safety crises often lead to better things. The XL Foods recall, the largest in Canadian history, happened just over a year ago, and has arguably had a positive impact on industry and regulations alike. The latest Gort’s Gouda Cheese Farm recall involving raw milk cheeses will likely not be an exception either. In that […] Read more

The federal government didn’t act when it had the chance to avoid the BSE crisis in 2003.  |  File photo

BSE and the legacy of a national crisis

Most would agree that the discovery of BSE in Canada in May 2003 wasn’t really a food safety crisis, at least in this country. In retrospect, it was primarily a trade crisis. As domestic demand for beef shattered records in Canada that year, 35 countries, including the United States and Japan, overnight issued an embargo […] Read more

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Welcome to new normal in food safety

Food traceability, which is a powerful tool to mitigate risks across food supply chains, does not guarantee food safety and integrity. Even so, the challenge of tracking food products and ingredients upstream and downstream touches on the core of what is required to manage risks posed by the new normal in the business of food […] Read more


Happy consumers may buy more food

While America was pondering who to elect as president, California was contemplating Proposition 37. It would have required genetically modified organisms in food to be labelled. It failed at the ballots, but it has inspired a broader referendum about our continental food supply. Some think it could influence Canada’s policies on food labelling in the […] Read more

Product labelling may calm consumer concerns over genetically modified food and give the food industry a boost.  |  File photo

Happy consumers may buy more food

While America was pondering who to elect as president, California was contemplating Proposition 37. It would have required genetically modified organisms in food to be labelled. It failed at the ballots, but it has inspired a broader referendum about our continental food supply. Some think it could influence Canada’s policies on food labelling in the […] Read more