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The threat of disease outbreaks is why we are seeing provincial governments across the country pass legislation that imposes penalties for those who trespass onto farm operations.

Comment: COVID-19 pandemic – lessons to keep

Most of us can’t wait to turn the page on the pandemic, but we’ve also learned a lot

As we approach the one-year anniversary of pandemic lockdowns, COVID-19 fatigue has set in for most. We want to see our families again. We want to have a barbecue with our neighbours. We want to be able to meet a group of friends at a restaurant. While we don’t want to talk about positives coming

China to raise grain purchase prices, support breeding sector

The country aims to secure animal- and plant-breeding resources

Reuters – China’s government said on March 5 it will raise its minimum purchase price for wheat and rice and expand corn-planting areas this year, reiterating earlier plans to boost grain output after prices soared last year. The moves, outlined by Premier Li Keqiang and the state economic planning agency in annual reports to parliament,


Beth Bechdol, deputy director-general for the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), speaks on a video conference call marking World Pulses Day. (Photo courtesy FAO via Flickr, copyright FAO)

Pulse weekly outlook: World Pulses Day celebrated

MarketsFarm — The United Nations celebrated the annual World Pulses Day on Feb. 10, highlighting the contribution of pulse crops to world agriculture and nutrition. “Pulses are more than just nutritious seeds – they also contribute to achieving the goals of the 2030 Agenda of Sustainable Development,” the UN said in a release. “They play

“Higher prices should not be paid for by people’s hunger.” – Julia Kloeckner.

Global farm ministers urge free food trade during pandemic

Call comes as some exporting nations impose export restrictions

Agriculture ministers from more than 70 countries urged governments to keep world food trade open to ensure food supplies during the COVID-19 pandemic, a communiqué after a virtual meeting on Jan. 22 said. The meeting was part of the Global Forum for Food and Agriculture conference in Berlin and the communiqué said that despite COVID-19,

It was a year for the history books, indeed, and certainly filled with major food-related stories.

Comment: The top 10 food stories of 2020

It was an action-packed 12 months for the agriculture and food sector

The year 2020 was as unusual as they get, with no shortage of stories. Some flew under the radar because of the pandemic, but this list is based on how some food-related stories will probably have long-term implications, whether they were related to COVID-19 or not. At number 10, the apparent end of Tim Hortons’




Decisions impact food systems, says UN envoy

Agnes Kalibata, the former Rwandan minister of agriculture, says the global community needs to pull together

As the United Nations Food System’s Summit, planned for next October, approaches warnings are going out that the world is not on track to meet its 2015 sustainable development goals, including the one to end world hunger. “We are off track,” said UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy for the Food System’s Summit Agnes Kalibata during


“COVID-19 has put us on a digital fast track, farmers are going online. They are rapidly innovating, creating ways of selling their products to keep themselves afloat.” – Alison Sunstrum, CNSRV-X.

More technology needed for post-COVID agriculture

A silver lining of the pandemic is that it has jump-started agriculture’s digital evolution, observers say

Experts speaking at the virtual Toronto Global Forum say a meaningful economic recovery to the COVID-19 pandemic should emphasize the need for technology in the agricultural sector. Alison Sunstrum, founder and CEO of CNSRV-X, said she hopes there is a digital response to the pandemic. “COVID-19 has put us on a digital fast track, farmers

COVID-19 has pushed governments to consider food autonomy as a priority and support local supply chains. But buying local produce is easier said than done.

Comment: The local food paradox

Governments are interested in food autonomy but price remains very important

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic disrupting supply chains and impacting food purchasing habits, our relationship with food was different. Quite different. The pandemic has pushed governments to consider food autonomy as a priority and look more at local supply chains. Discussions are about producing food in Canada, all year round, while offering products to consumers