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Food waste in Canada and our role at home

Just how much food is thrown away in Canada? Probably far more than you think

In Canada, as much as 40 per cent of our food is wasted. This waste happens at every step of the food chain, from fields to processing plants, to retail outlets to our homes. A study by Gooch et al in 2010 for Value Chain Management Report, showed consumers are the worst contributors of all, […] Read more


Getting David Austin rose plants ready for the cold

Now comes the real challenge of growing these plants — preparing them for a Manitoba winter

Gardeners sometimes take on the challenge of growing a plant that is way outside their climate zone rating. We want to see if we can grow the plant and winter it successfully, or because the plant is so spectacular it is worth the extra effort required to care for it and protect it. Such plants […] Read more



Keeping on the straight and narrow

Plowing may have seen its day for commercial farming, but interest in the age-old skill lives on

The 2018 Manitoba Plowing Championships were held the last weekend in September on the Tom and Jean Ryall farm west of Rivers, with sunny skies greeting participants and onlookers. After been disbanded in the early 1960s the Manitoba Plowing Society was revived by a group of enthusiasts in 2006, and interest has increased since. In […] Read more


Pumping iron

This research project aims to boost iron in wheat varieties

Biofortified wheat could certainly make it easier to help some humans get proper nutrition. Biofortification is the process of naturally increasing the nutritional value of a crop. Unlike fortification, which might add a mineral like iron directly to something like bread dough, the goal of biofortification is to have the wheat naturally contain more iron. […] Read more



Grain toll proposed for St. Lawrence Seaway

Our History: October 1958

Farmers’ returns were a theme running through our issues in October 1958. In the main front-page story in the Oct. 9 issue, we reported that the three Prairie pools had raised concerns with Prime Minister John Diefenbaker about the prospect of tolls on grain going through the newly opened St. Lawrence Seaway. Their brief said […] Read more


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Andrew Jackson, ‘the usual’

The Jacksons from the October 11, 2018 issue of the Manitoba Co-operator

Andrew Jackson pulled on his worn and weathered cowboy boots, grabbed a random hat from the shelf, zipped up his fall jacket and opened the front door to go out. He turned at the last moment and yelled back into the house. “If anyone needs me I’ll be at the café!” Rose’s voice called back […] Read more



Growing your own kale

This veggie takes up little space and is packed with nutrition

Many consumers want to know where their food comes from, how it is grown/raised, and its nutritional value, so are growing their own vegetables. Even some urban gardeners with very small yards can achieve this by using containers or interspersing a few veggies among their flowers. One very suitable vegetable is kale, because it takes […] Read more


Do you include pulse foods on your menu?

You should, these foods are high in both protein and fibre

Mom, I made lentil soup and it’s pretty good,” read the text message from my son. I smiled as I read the message from my formerly finicky 23-year-old son. “I made a ton by accident, though,” he added. I chuckled as I visualized my tall son stirring a giant pot of soup with a huge […] Read more



‘Freer trade pact’ lifts tariffs

Our History: October 1987

Canada-U.S. trade was also in the news in October 1987 and stories in our Oct. 8 issue analyzed the effect of the newly signed Canada-U.S. Trade Agreement (CUSTA) on agricultural commodities. For grains, Canada would give up the wheat board’s import controls, which would be lifted on oats and barley as early as 1989. The […] Read more


Milk protein could help cancer patients

Researchers say lactoferrin can help maintain appetite giving patients better outcomes

A major problem for cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy is weight loss due to loss of appetite. There are many reasons for this, but one important one is that these types of cancer therapy destroy the delicate interplay between the senses of smell and taste that make food appealing. In a new paper published in the […] Read more




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