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Walmart stakes big claim on Canadian sustainable beef

Retailer pledges to take over 680 tonnes in 2022

The Canadian arm of the world’s biggest retailer has put a number to its previous commitment to source certified-sustainable beef for its grocery business. Walmart Canada on Thursday announced it has committed to buy 1.5 million pounds of beef sourced from farms and ranches certified to Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (CRSB) standards over the

Corteva wants to help farmers generate carbon credits by applying soil health practices.

Corteva showcases offset program to farmers

U.S. farmers grill company on its pilot program. Plus — when will it come to Canada?

It doesn’t take a genius to see the math doesn’t add up, Corteva Agriscience rep Ben Gordon acknowledged during a webinar promoting its carbon offset program. Farmers have to do it for the soil health and long-term gain if they’re going to join, he said. It was U.S. farmers and ag-interested folk only on Corteva’s

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Maple Leaf sustainability report shows some progress

The company acknowledged significant effort will yet be required to hit its goals

Maple Leaf is marking one year as “the world’s first major carbon neutral food company,” as it releases its 2020 sustainability report. In 2019, Maple Leaf Foods announced it was carbon neutral, the Co-operator reported. The company followed standards set by the Science Based Targets Initiative. The company achieved neutral status by a combination of


Fraser: Expectations should be low for Food Systems Summit

global The emerging international consensus is unlikely to please the Canadian ag sector

The emerging international consensus is unlikely to please the Canadian ag sector Canadian producers should prepare for disappointment at the upcoming United Nations’ Food Systems Summit. Planned to take place in New York this September, the summit will look to launch new strategies to deliver on the UN’s 17 development goals. In Canada, dialogues have

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EU countries approve deal to overhaul farming subsidies

Subsidies to focus on sustainability, 'eco-schemes'

Brussels | Reuters — European Union countries on Monday gave the green light to reforms of the bloc’s huge farming subsidy program, after a three-year battle over rules to make it greener and support smaller farms. Negotiators representing the EU’s 27 countries and European Parliament struck the deal on Friday to reform the Common Agricultural

Walmart Canada bills itself as the first retailer in the country with an on-pack certified-sustainable claim for a line of beef products. (CNW Group/Walmart Canada)

Walmart locks in CRSB claim for in-store beef brand

Chain to be first retailer in Canada with certified-sustainable label on pack

The Canadian arm of Walmart has locked in enough of a supply of certified-sustainable beef to label its entire Your Fresh Market burger patty line accordingly. The retail giant announced Monday it’s now sourcing beef from “certified sustainable” farms and ranches according to standards set by the Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (CRSB). The company

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

Paying farmers to store carbon in their soils is, at least in theory, a win-win scenario.

Editorial: The carbon credit reality

Canadian farmers, industry and governments should pay close heed to the recent announcement that one of Canada’s largest food processors has inked a deal to buy carbon credits from American farmers. Maple Leaf Foods will pay $20 per tonne to U.S.-based Indigo Ag for carbon stored on American farms applying soil-building practices. It represents a

A measure of all the pre-existing sustainability efforts and performance metrics is needed across all sectors of Canadian agriculture.

Better benchmarking of environmental targets needed

Sustainability metrics can develop and protect markets for farmers

Experts are calling for environmental targets to better position Canada in markets at home and abroad. Agri-Food Sustainability Targets is a report authored by David McInnes, who is working with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC), the Canadian Federation of Agriculture (CFA) and others. “What’s happening globally and nationally is that there is a wholesale shift


Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show looks to lock in land base

GFM plans to buy research land for eastern Discovery Farm

As Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show goes digital this week, its operator is preparing to secure its real-world footprint in southern Ontario and put that real estate to year-round work. Glacier FarmMedia and the Ontario government on Tuesday announced their intent to work toward a land deal with the Agricultural Research Institute of Ontario (ARIO), which