Non-browning Arctic apple breaching GMO defences

Providing obvious evidence of GMO consumer benefits

Non-browning Arctic apple breaching GMO defencesIt seems rotten apples may be on their way out. A genetically engineered non-browning apple, developed in Canada, called Arctic, has recently been approved for sale in Canada and the United States. The regulatory bodies in both countries feel that the product is safe for human consumption. With these apples projected to hit store shelves…

The ugly side of food waste

Everyone wins from Loblaw’s campaign to reposition “imperfect” produce in its stores

The ugly side of food wasteWe waste a lot of food; tons of it, in fact. Indeed, some studies suggest that the overall cost of food waste in our country exceeds $100 billion annually. In response, Loblaw has decided to take action. The company now sells bags of “Naturally Imperfect” apples and potatoes in select grocery stores across Ontario and…

Get ready for higher priced Chicken McNuggets

Chicken meat with fewer antibiotics will cost more for everyone

Get ready for higher priced Chicken McNuggetsWhen McDonalds' makes a statement, the fast food world listens. Recently, the corporation announced that all chicken served at its restaurants would be free of antibiotics used on humans within two years. Not necessarily earth-shattering news, since restaurants such as Chipotle, Mexican Grill, Chick-fil-A and the Canadian-based A&W have made similar statements. However, this is…

How Ottawa bungled the temporary foreign workers program

The Harper government clearly didn’t consider how regulatory changes would impact agriculture

How Ottawa bungled the temporary foreign workers programRural Canada is expecting a massive exodus of foreign workers which can potentially become a losing situation for everyone. As of April 1, temporary foreign workers who have been in Canada at least four years will be forced to leave the country. Since Canadian agriculture employs well over 50,000 foreign workers to support farming and…

Walmart plan to increase wages an act of brilliance

But fast-food industry – including McDonald’s – won’t be following in its footsteps any time soon

Walmart plan to increase wages an act of brillianceWalmart shareholders were not overly thrilled to learn that the company was planning to increase the salaries of their poorly paid employees in the U.S. Known for its cost-cutting approach and shrewd management methods, the announcement came as a surprise. Given that this soon-to-be-better-paid group includes more than 500,000 people, most of them women, many…

Coke ‘milking’ healthy choices

With profits falling, the soft drink company is marketing a ‘better’, 'healthier' milk

Coke ‘milking’ healthy choicesFor decades, the soft drink rivalry was about who was winning a war. Nowadays, it’s more about who is losing the least. Coke profits fell a whopping 55 per cent in the latter part of 2014. PepsiCo’s financials were only slightly better. As the modern consumer is looking for healthier options, soft drinks giants are…

Walmart Supercentres’ food retailing model not quite right

Fall short in attracting Canada’s sophisticated consumer

Walmart Supercentres’ food retailing model not quite rightAs Target prepares to leave Canada, Walmart is marching on with the next installment of its highly aggressive strategy. It recently announced it will invest $340 million this year in converting old stores into Supercentres, even while opening a few brand new stores. Supercentres dedicate much of their real estate to food retailing, a key…

Dark days ahead for supply management

Drop in milk price presages threat from CETA to supply management

Dark days ahead for supply managementDark days are ahead for supply management in Canada. For the first time in 22 years, the Canadian Dairy Commission has decided to reduce the price of milk at farmgate by 1 per cent. The price reductions will commence in February. Under its supply management regime, established in 1966, the Commission’s mandate has been to…
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