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Technology could increase crop yields and cut food prices

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THE INTERNATIONAL FOOD POLICY RESEARCH INSTITUTE (IFPRI) SAYS AGRICULTURAL TECHNOLOGIES COULD INCREASE GLOBAL CROP YIELDS AS MUCH AS 67 PER CENT AND CUT FOOD PRICES IN HALF BY 2050. Security in a World of Natural Resource Scarcity: The Role of Agricultural Technologies, a new report by the IFPRI pinpoints the agricultural technologies and practices that can significantly reduce food prices …

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Canada can become a global food superpower

CANADA COULD MOVE FROM BEING ONE OF THE TOP 20 NET FOOD EXPORTING COUNTRIES IN THE WORLD TO BEING ONE OF THE TOP FIVE WITHIN THE NEXT FEW YEARS, WHILE ADDRESSING THE LEGITIMATE NEEDS OF CANADIANS FOR SAFE, HEALTHY AND AFFORDABLE FOOD ACCORDING TO THE CONFERENCE BOARD OF CANADA. The organization’s Canadian Food Strategy, unveiled at the third Canadian Food …

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Agri-foods sector wins with Canada-Korea free trade pact

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THE CANADIAN AGRI-FOOD SECTOR RECEIVED A BOOST WITH NEWS OF THE CANADA-KOREA FREE TRADE AGREEMENT (CKFTA). The deal, which has yet to be fully ratified, but once in force will result in the elimination of 86.8 per cent of agricultural tariff lines. Some tariffs will take more than a dozen years to be fully phased out. This duty-free access will …

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Canadian consumers crave flavour innovation

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WHILE TRADITIONAL FLAVOUR PROFILES STAND OUT ON THE MENU, RECENT TECHNOMIC RESEARCH ALSO SHOWS THAT CANADIAN CONSUMERS ARE ON THE HUNT FOR FLAVOUR INNOVATION. An overwhelming majority of consumers (73 per cent) say that if they try and like a menu item with a new or innovative flavour, they’re very likely to make a return visit to that restaurant for …

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EFC welcomes federal funding for research

The Egg Farmers of Canada (EFC) received $4 million in funding for poultry research and innovation from the federal government, an investment that was possible through the Agri-Science Clusters initiative of the Growing Forward 2 AgriInnovations Program (AIP). The five-year investment in the Poultry Science Cluster will be leveraged by more than 50 contributing scientists from across the country for …

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Company Profile: Rising like a Phénix

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PROVIGO WINS PHÉNIX DE L’ENVIRONNEMENT AWARD WITH SUSTAINABILITY PROGRAM By Nicolas Heffernan One of its biggest challenges turned into a big reward for Provigo, a member of Loblaw Companies Ltd. Loblaw has been working since 2009 to sell only sustainable seafood in stores by 2013 with its Oceans for Tomorrow program. “Gaining consumer engagement on sustainable seafood has been one …

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Canada’s first ready-to-drink protein shake made with fresh milk launched by Saputo

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Seeing an opening in the market, Saputo responded by launching the first ready-to-drink protein shake made with fresh milk. “People are increasingly mindful about their protein intake, but are often pressed for time or unsure about what to consume post-workout to ensure proper recovery,” says Philippe Duhamel, Marketing Manager at Saputo Dairy Products Canada G.P. “Many products currently on the …

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What’s in your food?

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By Nicolas Heffernan When Isabel Hoffmann’s daughter got sick, she had to make a lot of difficult decisions. With her child bedridden for more than a year because of severe food allergies, Hoffmann quit her job as CEO of a technology company to care for her daughter. When she found her daughter was also allergic to the mold in the …

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Funding local food in Ontario

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From growing local foods to serving them at the dinner table, Ontario is making an effort to bring locally grown products to residents with the newly formed Ontario Food Fund. The fund is part of a $30 million dollar investment to support innovative projects that will increase awareness, access, and demand for food that is grown and harvested in the …

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High-quality diets sustain and improve brain health

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There is a wealth of evidence to show that a healthy, balanced diet supports life-long brain health. In fact, scientific evidence indicates that a healthy diet — that includes whole grains, vegetables and fruit — helps maintain brain function, slow memory decline and may help reduce the risk for Alzheimer’s disease. “Canadians of all ages can benefit from making a …

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