Rising food costs, particularly for fruits and vegetables, prompted Quebec NDP MP Ruth Ellen Brosseau last week to ask for a study about the causes and possible solutions.
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MP asks ag committee to undertake food cost study

Rising food costs, particularly for fruits and vegetables, prompted Quebec NDP MP Ruth Ellen Brosseau last week to ask for a study about the causes and possible solutions. She is a member of the standing committee on agriculture, and asked the committee to undertake the study. She said the members should consult with producers, distributors, […] Read more

Canadians can support farmers and the domestic food system by buying local.  |  File photo

Buy Canadian food and save money

The Canadian Federation of Agriculture has calculated that the average Canadian had earned enough income by Feb. 9 to pay for their grocery bill for the entire year. This is known as Food Freedom Day. Canadians were expected to have spent 11 percent of their disposable income on food last year, compared to 10.4 percent […] Read more

Tamara Weir-Shields of Simply Agriculture Solutions Inc. promotes the organization’s new venture, SaskFoodFind.com.  |  Karen Briere photo

Local food list links Sask. consumers, producers

SaskFoodFind.com aims to connect consumers with producers of locally grown food. The website, launched at Canada’s Farm Progress Show in June, is a creation of Simply Agriculture Solutions Inc. Executive director Tamara Weir-Shields said the idea is to act as a hub where producers can register as suppliers. The only requirement is that the food […] Read more

The winners of Mission Impulseible student food development competition hold out their winning pulse pops. They are a snack on a stick using chickpeas with peanut butter and blackbeans with chocolate. 
They include Christie Cheng, left, Diana Nguyen, Anastassia Astrakhantseva and Stacey Seufert. | Mary MacArthur photo

Pulses dressed up as treats

Mission Impulseible | Annual competition asks food students to find new ways to use pulses

EDMONTON — It’s unlikely children could resist pulse pops and neither could the judges at a student food development competition. Pulse pops, a snack on a stick made from chickpeas, peanut butter, black beans, chocolate and coconut, won the Mission Impulseible food competition. The challenge for the winning group wasn’t creating a new food. “The […] Read more

The value of the Canadian dollar and the presence of large American companies have challenged Canadian food processors in recent years.  | File photo

Trade deficit raises concern

Challenges growing | Food processors see mix of closures and investment

The recent headlines for Canada’s food industry have been ugly: Heinz plant closes in Leamington, Ont., Kellogg’s shuts doors on London plant, 500 laid off. It appears as if food processing is on life support in Canada but the underlying story is more positive, says David Sparling, an Ivey Business School professor. In a new […] Read more

Big farming offers key to tackling hunger

The answer to hunger issues is not the local food movement but changes that will boost the traditional food system, says the head of an Ottawa public policy think-tank. Production increases and expanded export opportunities are key to the future. “The 100 mile diet is nonsense that would create mass starvation,” Brian Lee Crowley, managing […] Read more

Intensive farming may save world: researcher

Best way to feed growing population | Better communication with skeptical public is seen as important

CALGARY — Is precision farming a lynch pin in the goal of world peace? It may sound like a lofty idea until one considers global unrest created by food shortages. Paul Fixen, director of research at the International Plant Nutrition Institute, said precision farming techniques can intensify food production, which will be needed as the […] Read more