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Growing a sufficient supply of local food is one of the biggest and most important discussions in the ag space today

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Sep-23 Wed 13:21
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Growing a sufficient supply of local food is one of the biggest and most important discussions in the ag space today. But getting fresher, better tasting food on the tables of families from coast to coast, in every country, requires a #FarmTech revolution. bit.ly/2DIp3FJ pic.twitter.com/drnwmqFl9O

Posted by AgriFORCE Growing Systems Ltd. (agriforcegs) on Wednesday, September 23rd, 2020 4:51pm

Northern Health patients, residents enjoying more B.C. foods

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Sep-21 Mon 10:10
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Patients at hospitals and residential care facilities in Northern Health will enjoy more B.C. food options on their meal trays, resulting in an increased local food experience and greater opportunities for B.C. farmers, fishers, ranchers and food processors.

In a World This Hungry, Agriculture Needs to Catch Up

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Sep-21 Mon 09:39
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If you’re reading this with a full stomach and well-stocked pantry, consider yourself fortunate. Nearly 800 million of our fellow human beings go to bed hungry every night, and the global Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic has put another 130 million at risk for food insecurity. Hunger is becoming even more serious as the planet warms, arable land is degraded and the population grows.

To meet this existential challenge, intensified by pandemic-related supply chain interruptions, the world desperately needs new, better ways of growing fruit and vegetables closer to where they’ll be consumed. And, these methods need to be put into practice now.

How We Can Rethink Agriculture so It's More Local

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Sep-21 Mon 00:37
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Climate Week is a reminder of how susceptible global agriculture systems are to climate change risks. More than 800 million people went to bed hungry every night even before COVID-19 disrupted the global food supply chain, which put an additional 130 million at risk of food insecurity.

This unprecedented crisis comes as industrial agriculture already struggles to feed a growing global population under threats of declining resources and an increasingly inhospitable environment.

While we can still produce enough food to feed the world today, we are running out of time. Many experts believe that conventional farming techniques are becoming unsustainable because of the vast amounts of land, water and energy required, as well as additional crop failures that will occur with the warming climate. To achieve sustainable food security, we must fundamentally disrupt the traditional forms of agriculture. We must pivot towards more cost-effective food production that is closer to home, more sustainable than factory farming and less land intensive.

Model study shows that some US metro areas could feed themselves

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Sep-16 Wed 08:58
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A modeling study by Tufts University, published in Environmental Science & Technology, found that some but not all US metro areas could grow all the food they need within 155 miles. The study considered 378 metropolitan areas across the country, and found that metro centers in the Northwest and interior…

New processing facility on Vancouver Island could help expand local food production

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Aug-25 Tue 14:43
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An old fish processing plant in Port Alberni, B.C., has been given new life as a place where food companies can make their products with the goal of increasing business and provide more food sector jobs in the community.

'Consumers want to know more about the food they eat, now more than ever'

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Aug-11 Tue 09:51
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The emergence of COVID-19 has accelerated the need for reliable end-to-end traceability in the fresh produce industry, according to a leading Australian blockchain traceability and assurance system. Co-Founder of FreshChain Systems Greg Calvert says there has been growing awareness of food safety and…

Is indoor farming critical to the local food economy?

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Aug-10 Mon 06:36
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Over the last few years, we have witnessed a steady rise in demand for locally sourced food. Markets are carrying more local options, restaurants are growing their own food, even cocktails have “craft, local ingredients” stirred in them. What’s driving this trend? It seems that our palates have been changing, together…

Local food supply is now more relevant than ever

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Aug-10 Mon 06:36
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One noticeable shift caused by the COVID-19 pandemic is society’s growing awareness of food consumption. Now more than ever, consumers realize how extraordinary it is that it’s considered ‘normal’ to be able to buy a whole range of products from all over the world in the local supermarket, regardless of…

'Consumers and politicians want regional, CO2-neutral vegetables - but they don't want greenhouses on the edge of town'

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Jul-24 Fri 09:41
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"It's a paradox - everyone wants organically, regional and CO2 neutral vegetables, but the vegetable farms needed for this should not be near their own village," laments Peter Höfler junior, partner of Höfler Gemüse. It is a problem that is prevalent not only for vegetable greenhouses, but for other…

Are consumers more interested in eating local?

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Jul-01 Wed 10:54
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While in the past decade consumers have become increasingly interested in the concept of buying food that’s grown closer to home, some companies say that the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020 has led consumers to commit more to eating local for other reasons as well. “Eating local is something that we’re very…

Support for Indigenous entrepreneurs helps bring agriculture to more communities

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Jun-30 Tue 15:32
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More opportunities are coming for B.C.’s Indigenous entrepreneurs interested in developing food and agriculture businesses and supporting local food security in their communities.

Ecomodernism and the future of food

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Jun-30 Tue 08:10
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After a two-week break, World Horti Center, in close collaboration with NethWork, resumed the EAT THIS! webinar series on June 24. Corporate anthropologist Jitske Kramer started out with a powerful statement: you need to know where you come from, in order to know where you are going to. If you don’t…

Students turn apples bound for landfill into healthy snacks for families in need

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Jun-27 Sat 10:43
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A group of college students in B.C.'s Okanagan region have developed a social enterprise project that creates nutritious snacks for families in need by using food bound for landfills. 

Are consumers more interested in eating local?

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Jun-26 Fri 06:10
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While in the past decade consumers have become increasingly interested in the concept of buying food that’s grown closer to home, some companies say that the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020 has led consumers to commit more to eating local for other reasons as well. “Eating local is something that we’re very…

Young French Farmers continue their operations on the origin of products in supermarkets

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Jun-25 Thu 09:50
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In the Vaucluse, the FDSEA federation and Young Farmers are accusing supermarkets of not respecting their commitments regarding local products. During the lockdown, large retailers had indeed announced that they would actively support local productions, but lately, foreign products have regained their…