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An employee takes inventory at a grocery store amid coronavirus fears spreading, in Toronto March 13, 2020.

Is Canada food secure?

One farm group says without government support for farmers, domestic food supplies aren’t guaranteed

COVID-weary Canadians have something else to keep them up at night — the spectre of a domestic food shortage. “(W)ithout immediate assistance from the federal government, the Canadian agriculture sector cannot ensure our domestic food supply will remain secure for the immediate and long-term benefit of all Canadians (because of COVID-19),” the Canadian Federation of

Canada needs to be a place that will sustainably produce more food — not less — while retaining consumer trust and confidence, says David McInnes.

Workshops conclude more credibility needed for Canada food brand

The nation needs to up its game to become a food safety leader

A lot remains to be done to give the Canada brand the global cachet needed to make Canadian food exports international bestsellers, a series of cross-country workshops has concluded. Organized by Canada 2020, the workshops will conclude in November with a session in the national capital that is intended to pull together the ideas that


It remains unclear if consumers will pay more for food authenticity.

Comment: The blockchain party

Grocers are finally climbing aboard the blockchain initiative and consumers should rejoice

Walmart, the largest retailer in the world, recently notified its leafy green suppliers that they will need to use blockchain by the end of next year. Walmart is banking on its relationship with IBM to put pressure on the entire sector to comply with what consumers want from the food industry: more transparency. But others

An open letter to the prime minister

On behalf of the Canadian Agri-Food Trade Alliance (CAFTA), the voice of Canadian agriculture and agri-food exporters, I write to urge the Government of Canada to take a leadership role in securing a free trade agreement with the remaining 11 Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) members and to implement it without delay. As the second-largest economy in

Editorial: Too small to bother?

There’s been lots of talk in the news lately about financially troubled corporations and how their plights are handled by governments. For example, the Quebec-based aerospace and mass-transit company Bombardier has been the subject of controversy after it proceeded to give 50 per cent pay increases to senior executives shortly after receiving yet another taxpayer-funded


John Heim of Torque Brewing Co. in Winnipeg takes home the 2016 Great Manitoba Food Fight gold prize for the company’s new Witty Belgian Wheat Beer.

Top food fight prize goes to craft beer maker

Craft beer, energy bars, and Asian-inspired sauerkraut impress Great Manitoba Food Fight panel judges in 2016

The 2016 Great Manitoba Food Fight’s top prizewinner is a unique small-batch beer, signalling the creativity and new potential in this province’s emerging craft brewing sector. John Heim of Torque Brewing Co. in Winnipeg last week took home the gold package worth $10,000 for the Witty Belgian Wheat Beer the company has developed. The beer

Opinion: Consumers need to manage food packaging waste

Since early in May Tim Hortons has been removing garbage bins from drive-through lanes. Some have been placed in less obvious locations on the store properties. Tim Hortons is concerned customers don’t have enough time to properly sort their garbage into bins placed alongside drive-through lanes, so it has taken the trash cans away. They

Editorial: Trust us. Why?

It was no small feat achieving the kind of Trans-Pacific Partnership deal that offers export agricultural commodity groups the kind of market access they were seeking with modest, but significant, concessions on supply management. If the early reports are to be believed (details were announced just before press time), Canada’s trade negotiators deserve kudos for


Farmers like Karen Friesen, who are engaged in small-scale food processing and direct marketing, are encouraged that the province has committed to helping their sector prosper. Friesen and her husband Jonathan operate Valleyfield Acres near Morden, selling farm-raised vegetables and preserves.

Province promises new supports for smaller farmers and processors

The report says support to grow food-processing sector 
must extend to all sizes of players

A new report aimed at supporting local producers and small-scale pro-cessors is being praised as an important step towards fostering a better working environment for new entrants to farming and food processing. Advancing the small scale, local food sector in Manitoba, a path forward, a 65-page report that includes 21 recommendations, was released last week

Ag Canada predicts good times will continue in farming

The federal government expects grain and oilseed prices to stay high, input inflation to moderate and a rebound for cattle and hog producers


Strong commodity prices and healthy world demand have put Canadian farmers in an enviable position, says Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada in its annual crystal ball look at the industry. Net income for most producers will be at or above record levels once all the data for 2012 is added up, thanks to better-than-forecast crop prices