‘Eat local’ food movement doomed to fail in Ontario and beyond

The “local food” movement is mostly about connecting producers of expensive niche products with middle- and upper-middle class patrons

‘Eat local’ food movement doomed to fail in Ontario and beyondAcross Ontario, “local food” activists continue to promote the economic, social and environmental virtues of small local alternative farms, community gardens, backyard henhouses and older, less efficient and more expensive ways to produce food. In response, the Ontario government – directly or through organizations such as Foodland Ontario, the Greenbelt Fund and the Trillium Foundation…

Fishing for seafood fraud report of questionable value

The methodology used by non-profit Oceana for its report lacks scientific rigour

Fishing for seafood fraud report of questionable valueOceana – an environmental NGO – is known for its splashy reports on fish and seafood fraud. Their cumulative assessment across several Canadian cities showed that 44 per cent of the fish samples assessed were falsely identified. After Halifax, Toronto, Victoria, Ottawa, and Vancouver, Montreal is the latest market Oceana has looked at, and results…

An Eggsceptional Crustless Quiche for any time of the day

An Eggsceptional Crustless Quiche for any time of the dayOne of my favourite egg dishes is my crustless Kale, Mushroom & Onion Quiche,which I make in my French ceramic bakeware pie dish by Emile Henri. This dish is easy-to-make and suitable for breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner or anytime you prefer to go meatless.  What you’ll need: • 4 eggs • ¾-1 cup cheese…

Breaking down barriers to create a craft beer revolution

Graham Sherman talks about the extraordinary measures Tool Shed Brewing took to change the Alberta beer landscape and the great future he sees for the industry

Breaking down barriers to create a craft beer revolutionGraham Sherman is co-founder of Tool Shed Brewing Co. Tell me about Tool Shed's history and how it started? Sherman: That’s a crazy story! In my former life, I used to be in the IT world working on satellite communication projects for government and military customers throughout Afghanistan. I lived there on and off from…

Creating a culinary mix of local and worldly

Executive chef Eraj Jayawickreme talks about how the Hawthorn Dining Room and Bar distinguishes itself in the Calgary market

Creating a culinary mix of local and worldlyEraj Jayawickreme is the Fairmont Palliser’s executive chef and food and beverage manager. His responsibility includes the Hawthorn Dining Room and Bar. What makes the Hawthorn unique in the Calgary marketplace? Jayawickreme: Hawthorn is special as we highlight the amazing producers, artisans and farmers in this province. It is our core philosophy to ensure that…

The red meat merry-go-round

The protein war isn’t about the amount of meat we should eat, but rather about how studies on nutrition should be interpreted. It's messy

The red meat merry-go-roundFor a few years, we’ve been force-fed the notion that red meat and processed meat products threaten our health. But the protein war between the livestock industry and plant-based supporters has taken an interesting twist. In 2015, the World Health Organization went as far as to say that processed meats were carcinogenic, adding them to…

The great protein parade gains momentum

If A&W is seen as a disrupter in food service, McDonald’s could become the exclamation mark in an era of protein plurality

The great protein parade gains momentumWhen McDonald’s makes a move, everyone pays attention. That’s just the way things are in the food service industry. For months, rumours swirled around when McDonald’s would launch a plant-based product. We now know McDonald’s will enter the plant-based game by running a 12-week pilot in Ontario. This is a global first for McDonald’s. That’s…

Travels and hikes in Italy’s mini Canada

The shared borders with France and Switzerland have clearly contributed to a multilingual society in this very northern and beautiful corner of Italy

Travels and hikes in Italy’s mini CanadaNewly retired and eager to explore some new territory, I admit I knew nothing of the Italian Alps. We flew into Switzerland, and then drove south through the 11-plus km of the Mont Blanc Tunnel into northern Italy. We were with old friends who know the area well because they have a son who lives…

Not kosher: growing market segment faces questions

Kosher certification goes beyond just food safety or dietary regimes. Its symbolic and religious virtues are critical to the currency of this category

Not kosher: growing market segment faces questionsCanada’s largest kosher meat packer has had its licences suspended, according to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). This could spell trouble for consumers of kosher meat products and particularly the Jewish community. Ryding-Regency Meat Packers, a Toronto-based company, has been in operation since 1983. The company, which also operates under other names, had its…

Going bananas for a threatened fruit

A deadly fungus is spreading all over the world, so we can expect to pay more for bananas. But our world-class scientists could help solve the problem

Going bananas for a threatened fruitThe world could run out of bananas. Reports this summer suggest that a banana-killing fungus, Fusarium TR4 or the Panama disease, has reached Latin America. And it could spread, affecting crops sold in the United States and Canada. After having been detected in the Middle East, Asia and Australia, many experts were expecting the highly-contagious…
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