New alcohol guidelines hard to swallow

New alcohol guidelines hard to swallowMany Canadians will view the new drinking recommendations with great skepticism Looks like we all need to drink less alcohol. Last fall, the Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction (CCSA), a national organization that provides information and advice on substance use and addiction, shared recommendations that we should all drink no more than one…

Grocer code of conduct could help reduce loss of trust in the sector

Grocer code of conduct could help reduce loss of trust in the sectorGrocers need to be more accountable to themselves and the public A grocer code of conduct is coming to Canada. The United Kingdom and Australia, where grocer oligopolies exist, have a similar code already. This is great news for consumers; in fact, it should be considered a minor miracle. It all started in 2020 when…

Lessons from overpriced chicken breasts

Lessons from overpriced chicken breasts“Chickengate” exposes the crisis of confidence grocers face today It all started with one reporter taking a simple, trivial picture of an overpriced pack of five boneless, skinless chicken breasts. The cost was $26.87 a kilo, a world-class sticker shocker, at least double what one would expect to pay for chicken breasts. Within hours, the…

Ottawa tone deaf to issues facing farmers

Ottawa tone deaf to issues facing farmersThis is what happens when a government is driven by urban politics Ottawa recently announced that tariff revenues received from Canadian farmers who bought Russian/Belarusian fertilizers this year are being sent to Ukraine to rebuild infrastructure. Canada was the only G7 country to put tariffs on Russian and/or Belarusian fertilizer after Russia invaded Ukraine back…

COP15 proposes an extremist planetary diet

COP15 proposes an extremist planetary dietThe state has no place in the kitchens of the nation COP15 on biodiversity has brought thousands of delegates to Montreal to address critical issues our planet is facing. Regarding food systems, delegates are discussing agroecology, food systems intensification, and fisheries in food security. One issue catching some people’s attention is diet and overconsumption. That’s…

Poutine should be on the UN’s cultural heritage list

Poutine should be on the UN’s cultural heritage listThe dish has become an emblem of our gastronomic heritage worldwide, whether we like it or not The French baguette has just been recognized by UNESCO  as an intangible heritage. Same thing for tea culture in China and 46 other gastronomic elements. Cuban rum made the list this year. UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific…
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