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Waste on the farm is a recurring issue and not just this year. What is different this year is the unprecedented volume.

Opinion: Canada has the food industry it deserves

Don’t blame farmers for euthanizing animals and dumping milk

Millions of litres of milk are being thrown away, more than two million eggs are eliminated from the food chain, and pigs and chickens are being euthanized. There is horror in the countryside. Throwing away good food when more than four million Canadians have lost their jobs is morally reprehensible, and farmers would be the

COVID-19 has the potential to be as disruptive to the food retail and service industries as the Green Revolution was to agriculture.

Comment: Why COVID-19 will change the food industry, forever

Like the Green Revolution changed primary agriculture, this will change food sales

COVID-19 is likely going to redefine grocery shopping in more ways than one. Convenience now has a different meaning. It’s less about saving time and more about survival and safety. Before the crisis barely anyone ordered online, and many Canadians wondered why someone would ever order food online. Many things are changing, and changing rapidly.


From oil price wars to the COVID-19 pandemic, the global economy is being hammered.

Comment: Pandemic + oil price war = uncertainty

So far agriculture commodity markets have avoided the worst of the sell-off

Most analysts agree that the oil price war is only beginning. With cheap oil abound, this will impact the entire agri-food market, from farm gate to plate. The novel coronavirus pandemic is also compounding what is already a fragile global economy. The current novel coronavirus pandemic and the oil price war is causing a massive

Canadians should brace for a major effect on food supply chains worldwide.

Comment: The fine art of panic buying

Supply chains will be disrupted, but in chaos is also opportunity

Reports on how the COVID-19 outbreak is affecting global supply chains and disrupting manufacturing operations around the world are increasing daily, and these effects may not yet have reached their peak, at least not in North America. This may happen, however, over the next few weeks. Grocers and food retailers are likely engaging their vendors

Comment: The China syndrome

China’s new role as a global economic leader makes it important the country shoulders its transparency responsibilities

When SARS hit back in 2003, China was nowhere near the economic powerhouse it is today. Now, if something happens to China, the entire world is affected. Even though the coronavirus outbreak is starting to slow, the economic damage will easily surpass that of SARS. China accounts for a much larger share of commodities demand


On principle ‘buy Canadian’ sounds like a great idea, but promoting Canadian products may not be quite so simple.

Comment: Feds’ Buy Canadian food campaign could be a disaster

The feds want to spend $25 million to get you to buy Canadian. This is a great idea that could easily turn into a marketing disaster

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada is going into marketing. It wants you to buy Canadian. The federal government intends to spend $25 million over five years starting this summer to promote Canadian food products and instil pride in what our country can bring to our tables. This is a great idea. But promoting Canadian products may

A lot of potato fields went unharvested on the Prairies this season, but this likely won't increase the price of one of our favourite snacks.

Comment: No need for potato panic

It’s not the consumer who will pay the price for regional potato shortfalls

Most of us love fries and chips. Other than people on a ketogenic diet, most diets don’t discriminate against the mighty potato. It’s even in Canada’s newest food guide. Most dishes using potatoes are loved by Canadians, especially in the wintertime, when colder weather encourages us to seek out more hearty meals. But reports suggest

Comment: Behind Maple Leaf Foods’ bold call to become carbon neutral

The company is now listening to consumers, not just customers, in an effort to grow

Maple Leaf Foods is not just pretending to be environmentally friendly, it is trying to be a trailblazer. The company has just adopted science-based targets that will help it become the first major agri-food company in the world to be carbon neutral. It’s so un-Canadian to be first, to set a world standard, especially in


A sampling of the burger options (Big Mac, cheeseburger and Quarter Pounder) available from McDonald’s Canada.

Comment: McDonald’s and the great protein betrayal

Many will feel abandoned by a company that long-championed livestock producers


When McDonald’s makes a move, everyone pays attention. That’s just the way things are in the food-service industry. For months, rumours were swirling around McDonald’s and when it would launch a plant-based product. We now know McDonald’s will enter the plant-based game by running a pilot in Ontario. The pilot project will last 12 weeks.

Plant-based foods resembling their meaty relatives have gained a lot of interest with consumers and for brands looking to satisfy their hunger.

Comment: The Great Protein War of 2019

Some restaurant chains are offering non-meat burgers, while others double down on beef


The great “protein war” is heating up as several major restaurant chains are either embracing the plant-based movement while others firmly position themselves as guardians of the mighty meat eater. It’s getting confusing with all these announcements, hard to keep track. A&W, Canada’s first Beyond Meat ambassador, started it all a little over 12 months