Let them blubber

It was great to see Governor General Michaelle Jean eating a piece of seal heart this week. I’m not a big fan of raw heart from any source – stuff it and roast it, and that’s a different story. But I gave her top marks for her support of the Canadian sealing industry. Of course,

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Courageous farmer

I know it is a tough spot, but I was pleased to see Alberta hog producer Arnold Van Ginkel go public this week with his side of how the H1N1 virus has shut down his operation at Rocky Mountain House. Even though he and his family have personally done nothing wrong, I think it is

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We need a pandemic of common sense

I spent part of the past week with some highly influential people in the Canadian beef industry. The first important group was six southeastern B.C. ranchers, and the second group was guys who work for or have some links  to an organization called the Canadian Cattleman’s Association (I had to shower after that session! I’m kidding

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I’m loving this climate change

It was a couple years ago when former U.S. vice president Al Gore released his film “An Inconvenient Truth” which was all about the impending and undeniable risk of climate change, that there were a couple David Suzuki followers in Canada – Olympic athletes – who declared that global warming was indeed real because when

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Are you socially connected?

Have you been Tweeting today? I feel like I’m in an episode of Star Wars and I have just gone over to the Dark Side. Yes, I joined Twitter and I have Tweeted. As much as I scoffed at the notion of becoming involved in ‘social networking’, I have been compelled to check out this

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Reading newspapers will kill you

Did anyone else see the research that proved reading a daily paper (a daily paper, not Grainews), but reading a newspaper every day could cause premature blindness, and in 95 percent of cases, leads to death. Yes, it is fact proven by a research team from the University of Manyberries, Alberta that those people who

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There goes the neighbourhood

I am not sure what to think about plans by a Toronto company to launch large scale corporate farming in Western Canada. My first thought is to protect and promote the family farm, but there again I have talked to lots of producers in recent years who operate family farms that are 15,000, 20,000 even

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Staying ahead of the elephant

The Canadian agriculture industry, from producers through to processors and food retailers, needs to be operating at least one step ahead of consumers, says an expert on North American consumer trends. Phil Lempert, also known as the Supermarket Guru, speaking to the Canola Council of Canada in Toronto this week, says the agriculture and food

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Take a Big Mac to lunch today

Friends on both sides of the country, who have really nothing to do with agriculture, recently sent me a copy of a circulating email they had received which calls for a boycott of McDonald’s Restaurant because the Canadian division of the company is buying ground beef from South America. The campaign, which was supposedly launched

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CEO of Alberta’s livestock agency is gone

Word at the coffee shop is that Jeff Kucharski is gone as CEO of the Alberta Livestock and Meat Agency (ALMA). I haven’t seen that announced officially yet, but I figured it was a good rumor to spread if nothing else. Kucharski who has been with Alberta Agriculture for more than 20 years and worked

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