Maple Leaf lands ‘sustainability-linked’ credit

Reading Time: 2 minutes Canadian food processor Maple Leaf Foods is taking its recently-established sustainability cred to the bank. The Toronto food firm announced Wednesday it’s the first Canadian company to secure “sustainability-linked terms” for its credit facilities. Specifically, the company has picked up an unsecured committed revolving line of credit and two unsecured committed term facilities for a […] Read more

The line between consumer sentiment of what is safe and healthy is too often blurred with the science of what is safe and healthy.

Opinion: Conversations around agri-food shows progress

Reading Time: 3 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – The not so easy task of figuring out the best policy to sustain Canada’s food systems on a domestic and international scale recently took a step forward in Ottawa. In gathering more than 200 people involved in every aspect of the agri-food industry — producers, processors, manufacturers, policy makers — Canada 2020’s […] Read more

Livestock and poultry farmers have become increasingly concerned about the aggressiveness of animal livestock protesters and their willingness to come right onto farms.

Ontario introduces farm trespass act

The legislation aims to protect farmers from trespassers and damage they might cause

Reading Time: 2 minutes Updated Dec. 2 The Ontario government introduced a bill Dec. 2 aimed at discouraging people who would interfere with livestock production and transportation. The legislation, Security From Trespass and Protecting Food Safety Act, 2019, will increase fines for trespassers, protect farmers from civil liability from people injured while trespassing, and limit the interaction protesters are […] Read more

Election 2019: Ag groups want the parties to pay attention

Reading Time: 2 minutes MarketsFarm — Two major national farm organizations want the political parties to pay more attention to agriculture as the federal election continues. However, the Canadian Federation of Agriculture (CFA) and the National Farmers Union (NFU) have somewhat different takes as to what they see as paramount. “It’s really important that we uphold the quality of […] Read more

Food, farming not expected to be big election issues

Reading Time: 2 minutes Canadians don’t think that food and agriculture will be a significant issue in the current federal election. A survey conducted Sept. 9 and released Tuesday by Angus Reid Global with the support of Dalhousie University’s Agri-Food Analytics Lab shows 31 per cent of Canadians believe food and agriculture will be a prime electoral issue during […] Read more

UN flags need to reduce meat consumption to curb land use impact on global warming

Reading Time: 3 minutes London/Geneva | Reuters — Global meat consumption must fall to curb global warming, reduce growing strains on land and water and improve food security, health and biodiversity, a United Nations report on the effects of climate change concluded. Although the report stopped short of explicitly advocating going meat-free, it called for big changes to farming […] Read more

Agricultural commodity prices are expected to remain low over the next decade because of ample supplies of oilseeds, grains, meat and other commodities.

Crop prices poised to stagnate: FAO

A new report says world oilseed demand isn’t expected to keep up with supply, which could result in lower prices

Reading Time: 3 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – For the last five years, or longer, plant-based protein has been the shining star of global agriculture. Global demand for plant-based protein has exploded, thanks to massive Chinese imports of soybeans and booming public consumption of veggie burgers and other forms of plant protein. However, protein’s star could fade over the next […] Read more

North Korea faces food crisis after poor harvest, UN says

Reading Time: 2 minutes Geneva | Reuters — Four in 10 North Koreans are chronically short of food and further cuts to already minimal rations are expected after the worst harvest in a decade, the United Nations said on Friday. Official rations are down to 300 grams (10.6 ounces) per person per day, the lowest ever for this time […] Read more

A small farm on top of a mall on Singapore’s Orchard Road grows herbs and leafy greens in a high-tech urban farming model that could improve the city’s food security.

Farms perched atop malls

City state of Singapore gets serious about food security

Reading Time: 4 minutes Thomson Reuters Foundation – Visitors to Singapore’s Orchard Road, the city’s main shopping belt, will find fancy malls, trendy department stores, abundant food courts — and a small farm. Comcrop’s 600-sq.-metre farm on the roof of one of the malls uses vertical racks and hydroponics to grow leafy greens and herbs such as basil and […] Read more

The Avoidable Crisis of Food Waste study.

Researchers zero in on farm level food waste

It’s harder to track and even harder to fix than waste higher in the value chain

Reading Time: 4 minutes A first-of-its-kind Canadian study has found that there’s more food loss at the production level than previously thought. The “Avoidable Crisis of Food Waste” study found that 24 per cent of food volume wasted is lost at the production level. A further 34 per cent of the food wasted is lost at the processing level. […] Read more