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“Maybe we don’t want a system that requires $300 million of money going into charitable food banks in order to be resilient to the next shock.” – Evan Fraser.

Comment: Is food ok?

Widely diverging views on the pandemic’s impact on food supply are a pickle for the casual observer. What lessons can we learn?

It’s a jarring read on a morning scroll through Twitter: “Plant all the food you can… we’re headed this season and next several into some massively different circumstances for food availability.” Around Manitoba, early-planted crops are sprouting. In grocery stores, prices feel a little higher but the shelves are full. Is doom really coming, as

Packing concentration was tipped as a growing concern in the MP’s examination of food processing in Canada.

MPs recommend more money, less red tape for food processing

Eighteen key recommendations come in committee’s report on the sector

A federal agricultural committee report is recommending more investment and less regulation to spur the Canadian processing sector. Between November 2020 and February 2021, the Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food studied measures to increase Canada’s processing capacity, hearing from dozens of witnesses. The result is 18 recommendations largely focusing on financial investments and policy


Comment: In praise of processed foods

A new study shows there’s no clear-cut consensus on what ‘processed’ means

Processed foods exist so we can save time, money, and energy. It has made our food systems more efficient over the years. It is all about convenience. In recent years though, the health attributes of processed foods have increasingly come under scrutiny for a variety of biased and unbiased reasons. Many reports by professional and

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Early-pandemic calls to localize supply chains unfounded

With a year's worth of data, three agriculture economists revisit early-pandemic predictions on the food supply chain

With a year's worth of data, three agriculture economists revisit early-pandemic predictions on the food supply chain

A year of data shows early-pandemic calls for radical changes to food systems and risk management programs were unfounded, say some economists. Particularly in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, food supply chains struggled to adapt to changing consumption patterns and processors shut down due to virus outbreaks. “Into that void of uncertainty came

File photo of Ontario cropland from the air. (IMNATURE/iStock/Getty Images)

Federal NDP introduces soil health bill

Proposal calls for a National Soil Health Advocate

The federal New Democrats propose to set up a plan they say could help build up Canadian agriculture from the ground down. The NDP’s agriculture critic, British Columbia MP Alistair MacGregor, on Monday introduced a private member’s bill in the Commons to create a national soil health strategy for Canada. The strategy as proposed in


A total of 46 per cent of Canadians, almost half, consider the cost of housing to be the largest obstacle to food affordability.

Comment: Food affordability. The perfect economic storm

The cost of housing is now the biggest contributor to food unaffordability in Canada

The two necessities in life are food and shelter. It looks like both are getting much more expensive these days. For a few years now, the cost of food has been the most important food affordability barrier. Not anymore. The cost of housing is now seen by Canadians as the most significant barrier. A recent

Letters: Buying carbon indulgences

I find David McInnes’s gushing about Canada’s record in food sustainability appears to be suspect. I duly note that he is under contract to 22 various and sundry special interest groups seeking some sort of good agribusiness seal of approval for food sustainability. You report Maple Leaf Foods, of listeriosis infamy, buying indulgences in response

EU agriculture plan uneconomic, USDA model concludes

EU agriculture plan uneconomic, USDA model concludes

[UPDATED: April 19, 2021] If implemented, the European Union’s (EU) Farm to Fork Strategy and Green Deal will cost the EU and the world, according to an economic model run by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). The EU is aiming to make agriculture more sustainable by cutting farm inputs such as pesticides and


Letters: Promote peace not war

I am responding to a recent article in the March 11 issue: “More Canadian defence spending, more exports to U.S.” David MacNaughton, Canada’s former ambassador to the United States, addressing the Canadian Crops Convention, suggests that if Canada spent more on defence it would pay dividends in trade with the U.S. Surely Mr. MacNaughton must

Manitoba pork producers donate to Harvest Manitoba

Manitoba pork producers donate to Harvest Manitoba

The sector has been a longtime contributor to food security groups

Manitoba Pork and [email protected] Marketing Services Co-op Inc. have made a donation of a combined $10,000 worth of product and financial support to Harvest Manitoba. The contributions will support communities across the province with high-quality protein and much-needed healthy pantry staples. “We are proud to support food banks across the province with this one-tonne donation