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Comment: The dark side of the Non-GMO Project

Critics say this effort has gone awry and is now firmly in the realm of ‘absence claim abuse’

Most consumers have seen the Non-GMO logos on bread and many other food products while shopping at the grocery store. Today in North America, the Non-GMO Project Verified logo is on over 50,000 food products that bring in more than US$30 billion in retail sales. The green leaves and the orange butterfly are literally everywhere

Food processing has made significant contributions to society’s food systems, one being that our desired foods are available year round.

Opinion: In defence of ‘ultra-processed’ foods

There’s more than a whiff of classism, and even sexism, in smug criticism of this maligned food type

Ultra-processed foods, a term coined by a Brazilian pediatrician many years ago, have been targeted as a menace to society for quite some time. Few have dared to counter the argument and this massive movement has clearly influenced policies around the world. However, the socio-economic implications of discouraging consumers to interact with these products have


Canada, along with other industrialized countries, is the victim in the issue of fraudulent documents in China. Food fraud is rampant throughout that country.

Comment: China clearly has Canada’s number on food safety

They’re using every tool they can to undermine Canada’s quality food brand, and we're losing the battle

Canada is losing the game of food safety optics against China. While Canada has demonstrated many times that its food safety record is outstanding, in fact, one of the best in the world, none of it matters now. Since Meng Wanzhou, the vice-president of Huawei, was arrested in Vancouver in December 2018, China has been

If vegan activists wilfully interfere with the livelihoods of farmers and the people who celebrate food, veganism has a lot to lose.

Comment: Hey vegans, time to grow up

Divisive and self-righteous tactics could easily backfire at a crucial moment

Vegan groups are using billboards these days in the Atlantic region to denounce dairy farming practices, and telling consumers that dairy is scary. Some of these ads show a picture of a young calf, saying that someone “took its mom, its milk, then its life.” All this is to encourage people to switch to a

A border fence in Arizona that separates Mexico from the U.S. President Donald Trump recently threatened Mexico with an import tax on all of its products entering the U.S. if it did not make greater efforts to control illegal immigration.

Comment: Break out the guacamole

The U.S.-Mexico dispute could translate into both opportunities and perils for Canada

In an unprecedented move recently, and in a single tweet, President Trump opted to impose five per cent tariffs on all Mexican imports until the illegal immigration issue gets resolved. As the world has now realized, when the White House is willing to intertwine both foreign and trade policies, markets around the world tumbled. In


Canada’s food-processing industry employs more than a quarter of a million people across the country.

Comment: Death by regulation

Canadian companies are being hampered by too much government oversight

The regulation of food industries has always been necessary. In the western world, successive governments have successfully played the anti-business card by implementing regulations so that consumers and the public at large feel someone is looking out for them. But at times, governments are known to flirt with populist measures in their attempt to gain


Beyond Meat signage featured on a screen during the company's IPO at the Nasdaq Market site in New York, May 2, 2019.

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


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

China’s decision to target canola is no coincidence.

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