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Before the pandemic hit, the food industry’s labour shortages were barely on the public’s radar.

Editorial: Our food security is vulnerable

A common theme that emerges when talking to food-industry observers about the ongoing pandemic is that while Canada’s agriculture and food systems are highly efficient and productive, they lack resilience. Six months into a pandemic that shows no signs of being over any time soon, cracks that were virtually invisible before are now becoming impossible

Keeping kids safe on the farm is a dilemma the farming community needs to address.

Editorial: Too many kids still dying on farms

Over the last two decades there has been a noticeable increase in education and training designed to make farms safer places for children to grow up. Kids, even toddlers, often like to tag along with their farming parent. As they grow older and more capable they have traditionally been an important source of labour on


File photo of 10-pound sacks of potatoes loaded on pallets at a Canadian distribution centre.

Editorial: Surplus food purchases symbolic of broader discussion

On the surface, the $50-million Surplus Food Rescue Program recently launched by the federal government is simply a sensible response to highly unusual circumstances. The government is buying up surplus fruits, vegetables, meat, fish and seafood from farmers and fishers who would normally supply the foodservice sector and distributing it to Canadians suffering from food

Editorial: Trade shenanigans divide and conquer

While many Canadians were enjoying backyard barbecues this summer after months of being isolated from family and friends, the country quietly embarked on a new era of trade with two of its largest trading partners. The U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), referred to as the CUSMA in Canadian documents, came into force to replace the North American

Comment: Bayer settlement aimed at getting back to business

Lawsuit was putting the safety of glyphosate in the legal realm, not the scientific

Imagine buying a house that you’ve always had your eye on only to learn that some seemingly fixable flaws were actually masking a much more deeply rooted problem. That’s the situation Bayer CropScience found itself in shortly after sealing its US$63-billion takeover bid for rival life science company Monsanto in 2018. It became clear early


It has been estimated that 250 million people are at risk of facing acute hunger due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Editorial: A global barn raising

Whenever you hear people romanticizing the good old days of pioneering life on the Prairies, the nostalgia is almost always tied to the community spirit. By most measures, the early settlers lived a miserable existence. But they were all in it together and all working towards the same end, firstly to survive and then to

COVID-19 is showing us that some of the least-appreciated workers in our society — the workers on the farm, in the food factories and in the grocery stores — are some of the most important.

Editorial: Students and the farm labour crisis

Amidst all the disruption, the suffering and the fear, the one good thing you could say about our ongoing experience with COVID-19 is that it has peeled back the layers of our society to expose the raw — and sometimes unpleasant — truths about what we truly value. When childcare workers can earn more income

Editorial: Meat packing concentration leads to problems

When Canadians flocked to their grocery stores to stock up for the pandemic lockdown, most weren’t filling their carts with plant-based proteins. It was the meat counters that cleared out along with the toilet paper shelves, baking ingredients, and with other basics considered necessities. While more Canadians have been experimenting with these plant-based proteins, most


Tim and Sue Anderson.

New Zealand family farm

Faces of Ag: The only thing steeper than the hills on this South Island farm is the cost of buying them

Tim Anderson’s description of his farm as a “hill-country farm with a wee bit of flat,” doesn’t do justice to the breathtaking views and roller-coaster thrills of driving through his paddocks. Anderson and his wife Sue raise sheep, cattle, honey and trees on their 922-ha spread located about two hours north of Christchurch on New

Editorial: Farmers should tread carefully when seeking more aid

There is one stabilizing force for agriculture amidst all the uncertainties as the effects of pandemic management ripple through the food chain like an electrical shock to everything it touches. The recently released Farm Credit Canada report on land values, based on 2019 transactions, shows the value of farmland in Canada continues to rise, albeit