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Canadians welcome pineapples from newer countries of origin

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Sep-23 Wed 13:17
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Canadians are increasingly interested in pineapples coming from new countries of origin, including Colombia and Ecuador. “Our supplies are steady right now. We’ve probably tripled our volume over last year,” says Vaughn Smith of Global Citrus Group in Brantford, ON. He notes that Global Citrus has been…

CFIA issues advisory on President's Choice gluten-free chicken strips

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Aug-30 Sun 10:15
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The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has issued a national consumer advisory on President's Choice gluten-free chicken strips for possible undeclared of gluten.

Taylor Farms brand BBQ ranch chopped salad kits recalled due to undeclared allergens: CFIA

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Aug-29 Sat 09:31
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The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has issued a recall on a type of Taylor Farms brand salad kits that may contain undeclared gluten, sesame and wheat allergens.

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.

Fresh peaches recalled in Canada after salmonella outbreak in U.S.

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Aug-23 Sun 09:23
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Canadians are being warned to avoid some fresh peaches from a California company after a salmonella outbreak in the United States. Prima Wawona has recalled fresh peaches with various brand names due to possible salmonella contamination. 

B.C. fruit growers appeal to local residents to help with harvest as COVID-19 keeps foreign workers away

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Aug-11 Tue 17:21
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Fruit growers are appealing to British Columbians in need of work to help with the remaining harvest this year.

Nunavut greenhouse could teach scientists how to grow food in outer space

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Aug-11 Tue 09:40
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The Canadian Space Agency says growing food in the North is similar to growing food in space. It's training people in Gjoa Haven to help research food production in harsh environments.

Why mysterious seed packages showing up in Canadian mailboxes could be a 'brushing' scam

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Aug-05 Wed 09:28
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Packages of mysterious seeds that have been making unsolicited appearances in mailboxes across North America are drawing attention to an online review scam that has recently appeared in Canada.

California company likely source of North American salmonella outbreak linked to onions

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Aug-01 Sat 12:19
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U.S. federal health officials say an outbreak of salmonella infecting nearly 400 people in more than 30 states has been linked to red onions, and they identified a California company as the likely source.

Western Growers AgTech, Canadian center form partnership

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Jul-31 Fri 16:17
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The Government of Canada is the first international partner of the Western Growers Center for Innovation & Technology.

The tech center, Salinas, Calif., is an incubator for ag-tech companies, designed to bring start-up entrepreneurs and growers together.

Through a partnership with the Western Growers center and the Consulate General of Canada, the Canadian Technology Accelerator now has access to the center’s programs in Salinas, according to a news release.

“As our technology center continues to advance solutions for farmers across the nation, we are elated to expand our global reach through this collaboration with Canada,” Dennis Donohue, director of the Western Growers Center for Innovation & Technology, said in the release. “We strive to move the needle on the development of ag-tech worldwide and look forward to serving as a destination for innovation on a global level.” 

The Western Growers center will now provide Canadian start-ups access to work stations, office space and programming that includes classes, workshops and networking events. The programming is designed to provide business knowledge to bring their technologies to market, according to the release.

Lack of bees, pollination limiting crop yields across U.S., B.C., study finds

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Jul-29 Wed 09:26
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A lack of wild bees and managed honeybees is limiting pollination and yields for certain crops on farms in British Columbia and across the United States, a collective of researchers has found.

New policies in B.C. Interior town hurting food truck operators

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Jul-26 Sun 10:13
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Policies barring food trucks from operating on city-owned land in downtown Nelson, B.C., and at the local farmers market introduced this year are of great concern for the owner of a food truck in the southern Interior city.

Migrant justice advocacy group denounces B.C. nursery's firing of temporary foreign workers

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Jul-22 Wed 19:26
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An advocacy group supporting temporary foreign workers in B.C.'s Okanagan is raising concerns after two Mexican workers were fired from a West Kelowna nursery for violating the company's policies. 

Migrant workers claim cramped quarters a problem at COVID-19 stricken Okanagan farm

Submitted by Andrew Simard on 2020-Jul-17 Fri 20:12
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Four people at Krazy Cherry Fruit Co. in Oliver B.C., have tested positive for the virus and the operation is now under restrictions imposed by Interior Health.

Governments announce support for Northern Manitoba food security

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Jul-13 Mon 16:36
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The governments of Canada and Manitoba are investing up to $240,000 through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP) and $370,000 in provincial funding through Manitoba’s Northern Healthy Food Initiative to support northern food security projects, Federal Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau and Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development Minister Blaine Pedersen announced today.

Minister Bibeau highlights federal investments in food security and celebrates milestone with La Tablée des Chefs

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Jul-10 Fri 11:16
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Today, the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, visited with La Tablée des Chefs where she highlighted a contribution of $800,000 the Government of Canada has made to the organization through the Local Food Infrastructure Fund emergency funding.

Not so sweet season for B.C. farmers, cherry pickers due to weather and COVID-19

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Jul-01 Wed 10:41
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The cherries on Sukhdeep Brar's 100-acre orchard in Summerland, B.C., are just a few weeks out from ripening. But if he doesn't manage to find the workers to pick them, they will spoil.

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.