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Our History: April 1971

This ad in our April 22, 1971 issue told Manitobans that they would soon have a new auto-insurance program.

The front-page headline that issue was about federal Bill C-176, which provided for the establishment of national marketing boards. It had opened an east-west split in the country, with eastern dairy and poultry farmers favouring the legislation but western cattle and hog producers in strong opposition.

There was unfortunate news for efforts to develop low-erucic acid rapeseed. A large acreage of the variety Span was being grown for seed in Arizona and California, but a frost had destroyed up to 75 per cent of the crop.

We reported that a wheat board commissioner had been in Japan to outline Canada’s new protein-grading system for wheat, which would now be CWRS rather than the previous Northern grades. It was hoped that the system would recover some Japanese wheat market share lost to the U.S.

The editorial that week welcomed the arrival of recent rains. “Today the spring crop outlook is encouraging, particularly in the western half of Manitoba where two weeks ago the soil was dust dry to the depth of several inches. Winds up to 48 miles per hour carried unprotected topsoil airborne for hundreds of miles.”

This sounds familiar. An article from the Lord Rank Research Centre in England said that conventional agriculture could not keep up with growing world protein demands, and that “biosynthesis” could be used to create substitutes. Its experiments had produced a product with 50 per cent protein — “twice as much as meat.” It said “meat curries, chicken dishes, minced meat, sausages and fish fingers based entirely on this product are being produced in laboratory kitchens.

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