CFFO Agri-Day at the Elora Research Farms
October 19, 2018 | By Josh Kraemer
This week, the CFFO hosted many of our members and partners on a stimulating day-long tour of several sites at the University of Guelph Research Stations in Elora. As one of the largest agricultural research farms in Canada, the Elora Research Station has over 2,300 acres dedicated to supporting intensive research in agriculture.
The Glyphosate Challenge
October 12, 2018 | The Glyphosate Challenge
The roller coaster ride for the use of glyphosate continues due to recent rulings in California and Brazil. These decisions have been closely watched by both those who see the need to use this product and by those who are concerned about its effects on human health.
Agriculture and the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement: The devil’s in the detail
October 5, 2018 | By Brenda Dyack
Negotiating international agreements of any sort creates winners and losers in a new world order. While the ultimate impact on losers under this Agreement will take some time to evaluate, supply managed agricultural industries in Canada are clearly losers and initial reactions indicate that they will be seriously hit by the changes.
Ontario Agriculture Week: It’s not Just about the Food
September 28, 2018 | By Marie Versteeg
The week, which begins October 1st this year, is a noteworthy celebration of the blessings we receive in our exceptional corner of the world. In many ways, Ontario is synonymous with abundance. Over 70,000 farmers are producing hundreds of varieties of food here, reaching diverse markets, both locally and abroad.
Agriculture Bill Introduces “Green Brexit”
September 20, 2018 | By Josh Kraemer
Of interest in the press most recently is discussion about the Agriculture Bill’s Environmental Land Management System that will pay farmers and land managers for environmental benefits, or public goods, that they create or preserve on their land.
The People’s Perspective on a National Food Policy
September 14, 2018 | By Marie Versteeg
Last week, the federal government released the What We Heard Report, outlining the results of its nation-wide consultation on a Food Policy for Canada. In 2017, Canadians offered an overwhelming amount of feedback through regional meetings, a national summit, written submissions, and an online survey (completed by 45,000 people).
High Stakes Environmental Policy in Australia
September 7, 2018 | By Brenda Dyack
Only a few weeks ago the National Farmers’ Federation (NFF) in Australia had been looking to Prime Minister Turnbull’s proposed National Energy Guarantee (NEG) to provide farmers with a reliable, affordable, “towards lower-emissions” energy source.
Cannabis on the Scene
August 31, 2018 | By Josh Kraemer
With the legalization of recreational marijuana only three weeks away, have we fully considered the influence this new commodity will have on agriculture in Ontario? For instance, food production may be affected through competition for farmland and farming expertise.
Dead trees cause problems in Ontario
August 24, 2018 | By Paul Bootsma
According to a CBC report in July, northeastern Ontario is experiencing a Spruce budworm infestation. The Spruce budworm is the biggest threat to North American spruce and fir forests, and, on top of that, the resulting dead trees are much more susceptible to forest fires.
SynBio and Vanilla
August 17, 2018 | By Suzanne Armstrong
Human understanding and our scientific ability to manipulate and control genetics and thus life is rapidly changing with new possibilities opening up all the time. One particular form or use of genetic modification that is being explored for numerous possible uses is something called synthetic biology, or synbio for short.