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Government of Canada to announce funding details to support food security organizations

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Dec-17 Thu 14:45
2020-Dec-17 Thu 14:45
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The Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, together with the Honourable Marc Miller, Minister of Indigenous Services,

Minister O’Regan Launches Hydrogen Strategy for Canada

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Dec-16 Wed 16:00
2020-Dec-16 Wed 16:00
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Today, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, the Honourable Seamus O’Regan, launched the Hydrogen Strategy for Canada, an ambitious framework that seeks to position Canada as a global hydrogen leader, cementing this low-carbon and zero-emission fuel technology as a key part of our path to net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.

Heightened grocery sales in Nunavut highlight food insecurity

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Dec-11 Fri 11:15
2020-Dec-11 Fri 11:15
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Officials with Nutrition North say they continue to monitor how food supply chains are impacted by the pandemic. What they're seeing, through changes in food distribution following relief funds, is the true extend of food insecurity that Nunavut households face. 

Pilot projects in Alberta and Ontario show hydrogen still a costly and complicated clean-energy source

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Dec-04 Fri 13:45
2020-Dec-04 Fri 13:45
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It seems like a no-brainer to use clean-burning hydrogen to offset the environmental negatives of natural gas for warming homes, but pilot projects to do just that starting next year illustrate nothing is simple about this trendy new energy source.

B.C. announces new programs aimed at helping farmers and food producers

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Dec-01 Tue 20:52
2020-Dec-01 Tue 20:52
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The government of B.C. has announced funding for operators of small and new farms as part of a new pilot project.

Kingsville approves bylaw against greenhouse light pollution

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Oct-27 Tue 08:59
2020-Oct-27 Tue 08:59
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The Town of Kingsville Council has passed a bylaw to crack down on greenhouse growers using lamps that produce a nighttime glow that can often be seen from dozens of kilometres away. According to a report from the town, several local greenhouse operations have site plan agreements that require "dark sky…

2 huge fermenting tanks stolen from new B.C. brewery found before being turned into scrap

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Oct-23 Fri 15:15
2020-Oct-23 Fri 15:15
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Two stolen fermentation tanks — worth more than $40,000 — have turned up in local scrap yards. The massive tanks turned up at separate yards, and one is more damaged than the other.

New study suggests 4 in 5 Canadians willing to pay extra for “locally grown” produce

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Oct-23 Fri 13:26
2020-Oct-23 Fri 13:26
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Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic disrupting supply chains and impacting food purchasing habits, Canadian households were expected to spend $12,667 on food during 2020.  Following the impact to the supply chain, the pandemic has pushed governments to consider food autonomy as a priority and look more at local…

Food Fraud With Nasty Results

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Oct-21 Wed 01:18
2020-Oct-21 Wed 01:18
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Global food supply chains are complex and therefore quite vulnerable to errors or fraudulent activity. A company in Chile repackaged and falsely labeled cheap raspberries from China, reselling them as top-level organic Chilean raspberries in Canada. These raspberries were linked to a norovirus outbreak in Canada, sickening hundreds of people. A whistleblower complaint helped to uncover this fraudulent scheme that posed a significant risk to human health.

Canada Will Ban Plastic Bags By End of Next Year

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Oct-14 Wed 13:09
2020-Oct-14 Wed 13:09
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Canadians will need to remember their reusable grocery bags when they go shopping next year; Canada has announced it will ban plastic bags by the end of 2021. Also included in the ban are single-use plastic products like drink stirrers, straws, six-pack soda can rings, utensils, and food containers. The sweeping single-use plastic ban is […]

Helping agri-food businesses with Canada Brand digital marketing during COVID-19

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Oct-07 Wed 08:49
2020-Oct-07 Wed 08:49
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The Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, announced that the Government will refresh the Canada Brand platform to ensure industry and partners have access to new graphics and tools optimized for today's digital platforms. The refresh will also enable them to reach more…

B.C. blueberry farmers brace for impact as U.S. sets sights on berry and produce tariffs

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Oct-05 Mon 13:51
2020-Oct-05 Mon 13:51
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After waging war on Canadian dairy, steel and aluminum, Donald Trump's White House is setting its sights on foreign berry farmers and vegetable growers.

How the pandemic helped B.C. tree planters have one of their 'healthiest years ever'

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Oct-04 Sun 14:33
2020-Oct-04 Sun 14:33
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It might sound counterintuitive, but COVID-19 led B.C.'s tree planters to have one of their "healthiest years ever," according to an industry representative.

CFIA tightens restrictions on romaine lettuce imports following E. coli outbreaks

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Oct-03 Sat 14:00
2020-Oct-03 Sat 14:00
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The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is instituting stronger restrictions around the import of romaine lettuce. Starting Wednesday, importers will have to prove that their product does not come from California's Salinas Valley or that their lettuce has "below-detectable" levels of E. coli.

Police seek tips after fish hooks, trip wires and nails left in Vancouver community garden

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Sep-30 Wed 09:28
2020-Sep-30 Wed 09:28
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Vancouver police say they've run out of leads in their investigation into who set traps in a community garden in Mount Pleasant last week. The traps included trip wires, a board with nails sticking up and fish hooks hung at eye level.

Canadians welcome pineapples from newer countries of origin

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Sep-23 Wed 13:17
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…

B.C. migrant, undocumented workers rally for permanent residency program

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Sep-19 Sat 22:12
2020-Sep-19 Sat 22:12
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Migrant workers and advocates called for a "just recovery'' from the COVID-19 pandemic during a digital rally on Saturday based out of Vancouver.

Gardening tips to keep green thumbs going into fall

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Sep-07 Mon 14:05
2020-Sep-07 Mon 14:05
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Beginners and experienced gardeners alike can keep plants alive as the seasons change with these tips from Phoenix Perennials owner Gary Lewis.

Whole Foods brand Pot Pies recalled due to undeclared milk

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Sep-02 Wed 17:47
2020-Sep-02 Wed 17:47
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Recall applies to chicken pot pies, turkey pot pies and vegetarian pot pies with all best before dates up to and including Aug. 26, 2020, where milk is not declared on the label.

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

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Aug-30 Sun 10:15
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

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Aug-29 Sat 09:31
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

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Aug-25 Tue 14:43
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.

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Aug-23 Sun 09:23
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. 

It's not too late to grow vegetables for your victory garden

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Aug-16 Sun 11:27
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If you missed the vegetable gardening craze prompted by COVID-19 earlier this spring, experts say there are plenty of plants you can still get in the ground.

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

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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

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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.

69 salmonella cases in the province linked to red onions, BCCDC says

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Aug-09 Sun 11:56
2020-Aug-09 Sun 11:56
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The B.C. Centre for Disease Control is warning people in the province to check where their red onions came from amid a salmonella outbreak.

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

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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.