Canadian consumers offered praise for the food system’s response to the pandemic, but what lies ahead?

Opinion: The privilege of many problems

Availability, authenticity and accountability are the hallmarks of a trusted food supply

Reading Time: 3 minutes “A person with empty stomach has one problem, but a person with full stomach has many.” Most Canadians are not used to worrying about access to food. Despite a few short-term impacts resulting from adjustments in the supply chains, even COVID-19 left the shelves stocked. According to recently released research by the Canadian Centre for […] Read more

Standardizing electronic data in agriculture can help create more effective traceability systems.

Standardizing the future of food traceability

Developing repeatable standards – and hopefully gaining a competitive advantage

Reading Time: 3 minutes As demands for more detailed traceability systems build, many are looking to blockchain technology — systems that securely record data about food at every stage in the value chain — as an ideal technological solution. Why it matters: Standardized blockchain frameworks could help speed the adoption of rigorous traceability systems, and potentially give Canadian producers […] Read more

For the most part during the pandemic, farming itself went off without a hitch in most of Canada, the United States, and most of the world.

Opinion: Resiliency is a great idea, until you have to pay for it

There are improvements that can be made in agriculture systems, but they include costs

Reading Time: 4 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – Other than “unprecedented,” the term “resiliency” has been the biggest buzzword of the pandemic — at least in agriculture. I doubt I’ve taken part in a webinar, Zoom call or online press conference since March without the term being used prominently and repeatedly. Resiliency is a hot concept right now, but what […] Read more

Food system support soars

Response to COVID-19 food challenges built greater confidence among consumers

Reading Time: 4 minutes A new report says Canadians have more confidence than ever in the food system, but concerns remain over rising costs. In its 2020 Public Trust Research Report, Trends in Trust and the Path Forward, the Canadian Centre for Food Integrity reported that 47 per cent of those surveyed said they were confident in the overall […] Read more

Opinion: Labour crisis is about farm security, not food security

Food continues to be abundant, but some farms are under financial pressure due to labour shortages

Reading Time: 3 minutes The COVID pandemic has highlighted and exacerbated long standing issues with respect to labour in the food system – both on farms and in food processing. This is often presented in the context of a threat to food security but in reality the issue is more critical for farm security than food security. That is, […] Read more

Farmers markets have become a popular place for consumers to connect with local food, which has proved important to them during the pandemic.

Trade-offs necessary in food-sector COVID recovery

Will Canadians accept higher prices, support for off-shore job creation?

Reading Time: 4 minutes Increased consumer interest in food systems could lead to new markets for farmers and food processors. Structural changes in the food sector have had significant impact on demand for agriculture goods, but the question is whether those changes will be long term or temporary. A series of conversations at Canada’s Digital Farm Show focused on […] Read more

The added plus of the federal government’s food surplus program is that it will support producers, particularly those with nowhere to send their perishable commodities.

Opinion: Food recovery program would have permanent value

Reading Time: 2 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – Now that we know more about how the Surplus Food Rescue program will work, there should be a recognition for its need beyond the COVID-19 pandemic. The program was announced as part of the federal government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and comes with $50 million in funding to help move extra […] Read more

Federal surplus food program now taking applications

Qualified NGOs sought to move, distribute perishables to 'populations in need'

Reading Time: 3 minutes A federal program to get food to those who need it, using stockpiles of perishables created by the COVID-19-related shutdown of the dining sector, is now taking applications. The $50 million Surplus Food Rescue Program — which Prime Minister Justin Trudeau telegraphed in a funding announcement May 5 — will take applications from “organizations addressing […] Read more

Comment: How well are farmers handling their pandemic fame?

Some efforts to reach out to consumers are proving controversial

Reading Time: 3 minutes Farmers often lament that as each generation becomes further removed from the farm, the ability of urbanites to understand and appreciate what it takes to grow food has declined. Even though agriculture is fundamental to the health, wealth and security of any nation, Canadian producers now make up less than two per cent of the […] Read more