Rotten apples: food fraud is everyone’s problem

Technology will ultimately take the guesswork out of shopping at the grocery story and making menu choices, but for now, be vigilant

Rotten apples: food fraud is everyone’s problemFood fraud isn't new – it's persisted for more than 2,000 years, despite mankind's best efforts. Perhaps technology can put an end to it. The first reported food fraud cases go back to the Roman Empire, when suspicions around adulterated wines and oils were prevalent. Food fraud can take many forms, such as adulteration – substituting…

Setting the table for a radically different food guide

Canada's Food Guide needs to be revamped to reflect the nation's shifting eating habits, our varied cultural needs and our growing obesity

Setting the table for a radically different food guideCanada's Food Guide is a big deal – but it can be much more influential. On the whole, the guide is a symbol Canada's food-related values. Public institutions, schools, universities and community-based organizations look to it to reflect our fundamental nutritional principles. But past guides have failed us. Health Canada says that more than 60 per cent of…

Health Canada may be biting off more than it can chew

Health Canada recently announced that it will completely overhaul its food labelling regulations – and replace its iconic food guide

Health Canada may be biting off more than it can chewShould Canadians' food choices be a matter for bureaucrats and legislators to decide, or should it ultimately be left up to consumers? Health Canada recently announced that it will completely overhaul its food labelling regulations – and replace its iconic food guide. Protecting children and encouraging healthy lifestyles seem to be at the core of this initiative, which…

Double-double trouble on the coffee front

Canada ranks third among the world’s top coffee drinkers, thanks to the ever-present Tim Hortons chain, but consumption patterns are changing

Double-double trouble on the coffee frontCoffee is a big deal. In fact, coffee is the second largest traded commodity in the world – behind oil. Canada doesn’t produce coffee beans, but it seems addicted to them. This nation ranks third among the world’s top coffee drinkers, after the Netherlands and Finland. The average Canadian drinks a whopping 152 litres of coffee annually.…

Food consumers making their voices heard

But the licence that social media grants consumers must be used responsibility if it is to nudge the food industry toward positive change

Food consumers making their voices heardSocial media has given consumers a licence to manipulate the food industry. The result could be transformative. Social licensing frames an organization's ability to operate with the confidence that its activities are morally and socially legitimate to its stakeholders. And as the result of social media and the licence it grants consumers, food systems are more than ever…

Price shock deters Canadians from eating fruits and veggies

We can change the downward trend, however, with the growth of a homegrown industry and better consumer information

Price shock deters Canadians from eating fruits and veggiesCanadians need to put fruits and vegetables back on their tables. We don't eat enough produce. In fact, 59 per cent of Canadians don't eat their daily required portions of vegetables and fruits, according to surveys. And a recent study by the universities of Guelph and Dalhousie suggests that number may have worsened in recent months, mainly because of higher retail prices.…

Genetically-modified salmon set to hit the market

Labelling regulations need to be modified so consumers have final word on the technology

Genetically-modified salmon set to hit the marketGenetically-modified salmon will soon be on Canada's supermarket shelves, but are retailers and consumers prepared? After four years of testing, Health Canada and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency have approved AquaBounty Technologies’ genetically-modified salmon for retail sale in Canada. Given that the mighty U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the same technology six months ago, Canada’s…

Amazon entry into food giving other retailers nightmares

The Canadian grocery marketplace is in for dramatic change, and that should be of benefit to consumers

Amazon entry into food giving other retailers nightmaresE-retailing giant Amazon has signalled a clear commitment to food products – and to millennials – with its new line of private-label foods. Amazon's move to food bearing its label follows in the footsteps of Target and Walmart. And the shift sends a clear signal about greater strategic intentions that should shake the foundations of the food…

The single-cup coffee conundrum

Guelph University's compostable single-serve coffee pod offer a convenient food option without clogging up our landfills

The single-cup coffee conundrumCanadians love their coffee but the rise of single-serve brewers has created an environmental headache: What to do with used coffee pods? More than 91 per cent of Canadian adults drink some coffee, at home or elsewhere, every day. Not surprisingly, single-serve coffee has emerged as a significant consumer growth market. About 27 per cent of homes…

Canadian cattle industry faces a growing crisis

The Earls restaurant controversy is just the tip of the iceberg for a Canadian industry that has been slow to adapt to changing needs

Canadian cattle industry faces a growing crisisThe Earls restaurant decision to turn to a U.S. supplier for humanely-produced beef points to a significant problem for the future of the cattle industry in Canada. The Earls decision follows a similar one by A&W a few years ago. That chain had to procure beef from Montana and Australia for its “no hormones, no steroids”…