This image of a family walking in a field is from a new campaign from the Canadian Centre for Food Integrity.

Campaign aims to share food system stories

The Canadian Centre for Food Integrity hopes the campaign will help build public trust

Reading Time: 2 minutes The Canadian Centre for Food Integrity (CCFI) is stepping into a new role with the launch of a media campaign that tells the story of Canada’s food system. The CCFI is funded by players throughout the food system from producers to retailers. It has, since its founding in 2016, focused on researching consumer attitudes toward […] Read more

How COVID-19 is upending global food supply chains

Cows fed strawberries in India, watermelons rot in U.S., okra not reaching Canada

Reading Time: 5 minutes Satara/Singapore/London | Reuters — In the fertile Satara district in western India, farmers are putting their cattle on an unorthodox diet: Some feed iceberg lettuce to buffalo. Others feed strawberries to cows. It’s not a treat. They can either feed their crops to animals or let them spoil. And other farmers are doing just that […] Read more

Sweets, alcohol, not meat common to high carbon households

Science notes: Frequency of restaurant meals were also influential in Japanese study

Reading Time: 2 minutes Families with higher carbon footprints are likely to consume more confectionary, alcohol, and restaurant food, according to a new study by Japanese and European researchers published in One Earth. Considering the spectrum of traditional to urban lifestyles across Japan, associate professor Keiichiro Kanemoto of the Research Institute for Humanity and Nature in Kyoto, Japan, and […] Read more

Why won’t consumers listen?

Farmers have been trying to engage consumers for years — yet the work has had little impact

Reading Time: 6 minutes It happens at farm meetings across Canada. Speakers use words like “engagement” and then talk about how farmers can use Twitter and Facebook to influence people. This has been happening for years at agricultural conferences across Canada. Because of all those presentations, thousands of producers now use social media to connect with consumers and explain […] Read more

Given the food needs of a growing global population, food production strategies that don’t take biodiversity into account are a missed opportunity.

Stoking conflict between farming and conservation hurts everyone

Agriculture businesses and the environment both need to be sustainable

Reading Time: 3 minutes Canada’s future prosperity will depend on effective environmental conservation and sustainable — and profitable — agriculture. Unfortunately, recent comments from former Saskatchewan premier Brad Wall pit the two concerns against each other unnecessarily. Agriculture and the environment are not mutually exclusive, and polarization of the issues only undermines progress toward successful and sustainable solutions. A […] Read more

This is what the tiny tiger nut tubers look like after harvest.

Lessons from developing a new Ontario crop

Tiger nuts can be made into dairy alternatives, but oils, proteins and starches can be extracted as well

Reading Time: 4 minutes It’s been a long time coming, but Andrea Orazi is thrilled that her frozen dessert is now available in more than 200 Eastern Canada Loblaw stores. The locally produced ice cream-style product is made from tiger nuts — a crop that isn’t actually a nut but could present a new market opportunity for enterprising Ontario […] Read more

Agriculture leaders, experts, government officials, farmers and academics recently gathered in Gatineau, Que., for a two-day conference to talk about public trust.

Public trust in agriculture declines

A yearly study found that trust declined for the first time in several years

Reading Time: 3 minutes Consumers are taking a dimmer view of the Canadian food system, according to an organization set up to improve the perceptions of Canada’s food industry. The Canadian Centre for Food Integrity found in a large-scale study of adult Canadians, that 36 per cent of consumers felt the food system was headed in the right direction, […] Read more

The film traces a chef-inspired meal’s ingredients back to their origins to explore how food is produced.

Film delves into urban-rural perspectives on food production

University student Dylan Sher spent time researching the origins of an entree served up in a popular Toronto restaurant

Reading Time: 4 minutes “My opinion is that the farmers don’t actually know the fight they’re in. They just know they’re in a fight.” That’s how soon-to-graduate University of Guelph ag business student Dylan Sher describes his goal in spending the past year writing and helping create the feature-length documentary film “Before the Plate,” which celebrated its premiere screening […] Read more

Talk to family, friends about farming

Reading Time: 3 minutes This holiday season Melodie Chan wants producers to avoid what she calls the “spiral of silence,” which can happen around the dinner table, over beers or even in the gentle lull between turkey and pie if farmers don’t speak up when they hear misinformation about agriculture. “What are we afraid of?” asked Chan, speaking at […] Read more

Trio of groups proposes Alberta-based agrifood ‘supercluster’

Reading Time: 2 minutes Agrium, Olds College and global satellite communications corporation MDA have submitted an application to the federal government to form an agrifood “supercluster.” The Liberal government committed up to $950 million (over five years) in its March budget to create hubs that would focus on key economic sectors in an effort to kickstart investment, boost exports […] Read more