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Comment: Beyond Meat and the plant-based invasion

The Yankees are coming! Or at least their veggie burgers are

It was just a matter of time before we saw Beyond Meat, the California-based company partially owned by Bill Gates and meat-giant Tyson Foods, make a jump from drive-thrus to grocery store shelves. Beyond Meat recently announced that its vegan burger will be available at several large Canadian grocers beginning in May, just in time […] Read more


Comment: Spring needs to bring thaw in agricultural trade

U.S. farmers and ranchers need their markets back

For those of us who have slid, shovelled, and skated through the wildest up-and-down winter weather in years, here’s a warm thought: planting is well underway in parts of North America, with more to come soon. After that brief pleasantness, however, the outlook gets pretty cold pretty fast. Early February reports from the U.S. Department […] Read more



Comment: Now that we have your attention

Get ready for the fight for animal agriculture

Raising cattle is a way of life in rural Missouri. We have the second-most cows of any state, behind only Texas. Much of our ag economy depends on beef to survive. The same could be said of pork, poultry or a number of other meat animals. So why write an article taste testing a plant-based […] Read more


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Comment: Ethanol’s tightening tough spot

Ethanol is facing a shrinking gasoline market

Ethanol is in a tight spot, according to Scott Irwin, an agricultural economist at the University of Illinois. On April 12, Irwin published an analysis of today’s ethanol market on the university’s farmdocDAILY website under the workmanlike title of “Implications of Recent Trends in U.S. Gasoline Consumption for Ethanol.” In it Irwin calculated that a […] Read more



Comment: ‘No problem, I’ll just stop eating pork’

Actions that will erode confidence in food safety could prove costly

One tried-and-true tool politicians use to deflect public criticism directed at them is as old as politics itself: beat up the press. Someone in Secretary Sonny Perdue’s U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) thought it was time to do just that April 8 as the “FSIS Office of Congressional and Public Affairs” — USDA’s Food Safety […] Read more


Comment: Can we bring back our soil?

The Soil Conservation Council of Canada is calling for a united effort from the farming community, government and agriculture industry to make soil health a priority

If soil health isn’t top of mind for you, it should be. Canada has some of the world’s most viable and productive farmland. This farmland is where you make your living. It sustains our rural communities. It grows our food. While Canada is a world leader in improving our soils, further steps are necessary to […] Read more



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Comment: Getting to the real cost of cheap groceries

How much the new carbon tax will affect food prices in Canada is still a guessing game

The carbon tax is now a reality for all Canadians. The federal carbon pricing scheme began in Ontario, New Brunswick, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba on the April 1 deadline, given that these provinces were not in compliance with the new federal law. For Nunavut and Yukon, it will begin on July 1. Everyone else already has […] Read more


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Comment: How much water is needed to produce a pound of beef?

And just as importantly, what kind of water are we talking about?

An excerpt from a Beef Cattle Research Council blog post on the environmental impact of beef production. For the full text, visit beefresearch.ca. Yes, it takes water to produce beef, but in the 2.5 million years since our ancestors started eating meat, we haven’t lost a drop yet. Based on the most recent science and […] Read more



Comment: Let’s ditch the silos

Canada must move towards an integrated agri-food policy framework

By adopting a whole-of-government approach and rolling out a strategy for strong economic and environmental performance, the export potential of Canada’s agriculture and agri-food sector can be realized. The Canadian government has identified the agriculture and agri-food sector as an engine of growth, with some pretty ambitious targets over the next decade. The 2017 Barton […] Read more


Comment: Why canola matters to all Canadians now

It’s the most Canadian of crops, a potent national symbol and now a target in a vicious diplomatic spat

The SNC-Lavalin case refuses to go away and has been garnering global media attention for weeks. The case has made our political elite look like diplomatic juveniles. The Wanzhou case in Vancouver has made things much worse. The arrest of Meng Wanzhou in December, Huawei’s VP and daughter of the company’s CEO, exposed Canada to […] Read more