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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

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.

Kingsville approves bylaw against greenhouse light pollution

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Oct-27 Tue 08:59

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…

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

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

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

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

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…

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

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

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

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…

Western Growers AgTech, Canadian center form partnership

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Jul-31 Fri 16:17

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.