Sandi Brock in her sheep barn.

Brock and Nairn named 2021 Food and Farming Champions

Farmer and OFA rep lauded for their communication about agriculture with the public

Reading Time: 2 minutes Farm and Food Care Ontario (FFCO) recognized Sandi Brock and Paul Nairn as its 2021 Food and Farming Champions. “This is truly an honour. To be nominated by peers is truly amazing and I, for once in my life, I’m a bit speechless,” said Brock. Why it matters: Farm and Food Care’s annual award brings […] Read more

Dairy cattle carbon efficiency has improved greatly.

Why profitable farms can produce less carbon

Livestock efficiency gains result in more production from fewer animals, which produce less carbon along the way

Reading Time: 3 minutes Increasing production efficiency and profitability are two of many ways the livestock industry can help mitigate climate change, according to a University of Guelph expert on the topic. Dr. Claudia Wagner-Riddle of the School of Environmental Science was the presenter at the latest webinar in the Horizon series developed by the Livestock Research Innovation Corporation […] Read more

Animal activists claiming a win as criminal case acquitted

Animal activists claiming a win as criminal case acquitted

Charge stemmed from breaking and entering a fur-bearing animal pen in Frontenac Township

Reading Time: 3 minutes Animal activist Malcolm Klimowicz celebrated his criminal charge acquittal with a triumphant almost 18-minute video on Facebook.  “The fur industry has attempted to punish me for publicizing the rampant animal cruelty I witnessed inside their facilities but now their baseless accusations and plans to make an example of me has backfired,” said Klimowicz.  “The judge's […] Read more

Cargill’s London facility processes 100,000 chickens daily.

COVID outbreak closes Cargill chicken processing plant

Eighty-two workers test positive, all employees encouraged to get tested

Reading Time: 2 minutes The Cargill chicken processing facility in London abruptly ceased production on April 13 after 82 workers tested positive for COVID-19.  The number of COVID-19 positives at the Cuddy Boulevard facility marks a steep increase from the nine reported by the Middlesex-London Health Unit the week before.  “Our focus is on continuing to keep our employees […] Read more

Soil sampling data are the foundation of FarmLab’s carbon sequestration ambitions.

Data needed to cash in on carbon credits

An Australian company wants to digitize soil test results for farmer use and monitoring

Reading Time: 4 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – To monetize carbon sequestration, farmers must prove they are doing it. That means data, tracked over time. From a soil science perspective, the benefits of carbon in terms of fertility and microbiology are well known, said Sam Duncan, chief executive officer of FarmLab in Armidale, Australia. It’s the reason soil carbon levels […] Read more

Scientists look to get more mileage out of plant enzymes

Science Notes: A way has been found to evaluate how long a given enzyme lasts

Reading Time: 2 minutes Enzymes play essential roles in the cells of every living thing, from bacteria to plants to people. Some do their jobs a few times and fizzle out. Others can repeat a task hundreds of thousands of times before they quit. Organisms put a lot of energy into replacing worn out enzymes, energy they could put […] Read more

Agriculture Carbon Alliance grows in numbers

Reading Time: < 1 minute The Agriculture Carbon Alliance (ACA) announced that four more members have joined the new organization.  New to the alliance are Canadian Forage and Grassland Association, the National Sheep Network, the National Cattle Feeders’ Association, and the Dairy Farmers of Canada. The ACA was formed to ensure that Canadian farmers and ranchers are included in important […] Read more

There have been innovations in food used on the International Space Station, but travelling further will need new food solutions for astronauts.

Space agency looks for out of this world food solutions

Food innovations for space flight could also have impact on food security on Earth

Reading Time: 3 minutes NASA and the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) are turning to Canadians for help in figuring out how to keep people alive during long future space flights to Mars and beyond.  The two organizations have come together with national food and agri-tech accelerator Bioenterprise and its Quebec counterpart ZoneAgTech to launch an exceptional call for innovation […] Read more

Farm-created plastic management gets federal funding

Reading Time: < 1 minute The federal government is investing $4.5 million in five projects to improve plastic waste management from farms and advance bioplastics research. Marie-Claude Bibeau, Canada’s minister of agriculture and agri-food made a recent announcement alongside Cleanfarms, the national non-profit industry stewardship organization. Cleanfarms will receive up to $1.1 million through the Canadian Agricultural Strategic Priorities Program […] Read more

Canadians have been reaching for local food during the pandemic, but marketing of more than Canadian produce would be welcome, says a Nourish Food Marketing report.

Opportunities in a new food relationship

Not every pandemic-induced food trend will stick, but buying Canadian is one that should

Reading Time: 3 minutes The pace of change in Canada’s food system might have accelerated under pandemic pressure, but will alterations to our personal relationship to food really stick?  In some ways yes, but likely not everything.  According to a meta-analysis of purchasing trends grocers, farmers, and other purveyors will have to wrangle with a combination of new, lasting […] Read more