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‘Undermining food manufacturing is to deny the agri-food sector its strategic foothold. Innovating and growing an economy, especially in rural communities, becomes more challenging.’ – Sylvain Charlebois.

Comment: Walmart flexes its muscles and food processors suffer

Canadian food manufacturing has lost 12 jobs a day everyday since 2012 and a July announcement by Walmart Canada won’t help

Consumers got a glimpse of how food supply chains work — or don’t — at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Now Walmart is giving them a chilling new perspective. During the panic-buying phase in the early spring, few experts in the food industry would have predicted the unprecedented levels of vertical co-ordination and incredible

“We still don’t know what this pandemic will cost, but we do know it’s trillions,” says one rancher. “The next one will cost us even more — maybe everything.”

Comment: Don’t chain me down

Food chains are too unreliable, the coronavirus reveals

For over a month now, nearly anyone who can lift a fork has asked what the “new normal” in agriculture will be. Six weeks later, we now have a pretty good idea that ag’s new normal will look like ag’s old normal. That should give everyone deep concern. If no food supply chain is strong


Opinion: Fighting food fraud

Food fraud is everywhere. It can take many forms such as adulteration, substituting one ingredient with a much cheaper one, or misrepresentation including selling an organic product when it’s not. Once food fraud is described, a whopping 63 per cent of Canadians are generally concerned about food fraud. Worse still, more than 40 per cent

Loblaws says consumers like these ones at a Toronto-area store, are the key to continuing to enjoy largely unfettered activities.

Public trust starts with conversation, says food industry

How to start talking to consumers is the key question for Canadian companies and farmers

The companies that make up the food supply chain — everyone from farm supply companies to processors and retailers — want and need to build public trust and credibility. Farmers need to be a central part of that effort, a number of speakers told the annual meeting of the Canadian Federation of Agriculture. Chantelle Donohue,

CETA deal reaches key milepost

The Canada-EU agreement could 
soon be ratified

After almost 17 months, Canada and the European Union have finally agreed on a legal text for a proposed free trade deal, raising hopes it will be ratified by the end of this year and in effect in 2017. The conclusion of the legal text was announced by Chrystia Freeland, minister of international trade and


Politics and the revenge of the food consumer

The USDA has decided to act on growing pressure and establish a voluntary program 
to label food products with non-GMO content

What was unthinkable a few years ago is now happening. In an unprecedented move, the United States Department of Agriculture has established a voluntary program to label food products with non-GMO content. Non-GMOs already exist in the marketplace, but none of them are sanctioned by the government. At the request of a global food company,

The Brand X elevator and corporate control of the food supply

The potential for contracted acres to be linked to herbicide and fertilizer purchases as well as point of delivery was already there

When Manitoba Pool Elevators and the Alberta Wheat Pool amalgamated in 1998 to become Agricore, I joked at the local watering hole that we really needed to invent an elevator sign that was Velcro backed. Even then, it was apparent that there was a lot of work involved in rebranding trade names on very tall

Bayer Settles U. S. Rice Contamination Case

Germany’s Bayer AG has agreed to settle a lawsuit brought by a group of Texas rice growers over claims the company’s experimental biotech rice contaminated the U. S. supply four years ago and decimated exports. Bayer said it had agreed to pay $290,000 to settle the case, involving eight plaintiffs from three farming operations. The