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Junk-food tax not on Manitoba's menu after government study showed problems
The Globe and Mail
Some grassroots members of Manitoba's governing New Democrats are pushing for a tax on junk food, but newly released documents show the party has long held off on the idea. Briefing notes and other material obtained by the Canadian Taxpayers Federation reveal the government has been monitoring fat taxes overseas as well as studies on the issue, but has found problems.
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Don't miss your chance to get noticed — The World Congress of food science & technology (IUFoST 2014): Abstract Submission Deadline Approaching!
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Agricultural Institute of Canada Welcomes 2014 Federal Budget
AIC
Today, the Agricultural Institute of Canada (AIC) welcomed the release of the 2014 federal budget. "We applaud the federal government's proposed $1.5 billion for the Canada First Research Excellence Fund to help Canada's post-secondary institutions become global leaders in research and innovation," said Daniel Kosick, Director of Communications for AIC. "We look forward to working with federal officials to help ensure that agricultural research is a focal point for this investment and the added $15 million annual investment in the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council."
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AIC Responds to Federal Science, Technology and Innovation Strategy Consultation
AIC
Today the Agricultural Institute of Canada (AIC) announced the submission of its response to Industry Canada's consultations on a new federal Science, Technology and Innovation Strategy. As part of its approach to updating the Strategy, the government solicited public feedback on how best to shape federal science and technology policy. "While we applaud the Harper government's significant investments in science, technology and innovation, it is important to remember that public support for basic research focusing on long-term advances is also needed," said Daniel Kosick, Director of Communications for AIC. "AIC's recommendations support increased federal investments in public, academic and corporate agricultural research as well as the development of a strong national agricultural research policy."
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Food insecurity in Canada growing worse
CBC News
Food insecurity — lack of access to sufficient, healthy food — is either not getting any better or is getting worse in all parts of Canada, according to a new report. Valerie Tarasuk of the University of Toronto was the lead researcher for the Household Food Insecurity in Canada report, which was produced with support from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and released recently.
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Subway agrees to end use of controversial chemical after food blogger's protest
CBC News
Subway says it will be discontinuing use of a chemical found not only in its bread, but also in yoga mats, shoe soles and rubber caps after an online petition made waves across the web. Food blogger Vani Hari — who successfully petitioned Kraft to remove the neon orange dye responsible for its signature Macaroni & Cheese colouring last year — is behind the effort. With more than 50,000 signatures, her petition demanding that Subway stop using azodicarbonamide as a food additive helped convince the food chain giant to comply.
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Companies push voluntary labels on genetically modified food, states consider requiring them
Windsor Star
Large food companies are trying to head off state efforts to enact mandatory labeling of genetically modified ingredients by proposing new voluntary labels nationwide. The food industry and farm groups are pushing Congress to pass legislation that would require the Food and Drug Administration to create guidelines for the new labels, which food manufacturers could use.
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Taiwan opens up to Canadian beef
The Cattle Site
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Taiwan and Canada have signed an arrangement to expand market access to include Canadian bone-in beef and other specified beef products from animals under 30 months of age (UTM). The arrangement will level the playing field for Canadian beef producers and generate export opportunities to the lucrative Taiwanese market.
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Are 3-D printed insect snacks the taste of the future?
Food Navigator
Hurdles in food safety, taste and consumer acceptance await on the London South Bank University's quest to join two big food innovations: 3-D printing and insect-based ingredients. The team of food scientists and product designers hope to bring the two together in their snack and breads project, Insects au Gratin, but before that can happen they must overcome challenges in how to de-fat the ingredient safely.
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Market analyst links grocer competition with food spending decline
Better Farming
Canadian consumes spent less on food in 2012 compared to the previous year, and one farm industry expert suggests that the drop may be connected to the intense competition between grocery stores that has resulted in pressure on producers to reduce the price of their products.
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Study: Hunger increases smell perception and influences food intake
Food Navigator
Feelings of hunger lead to increased smell perception by modifying the way specific receptors in our brain function, according to new research that may explain why smells drive increased food intake. The study, published in Nature Neuroscience, examined the possible mechanisms behind hunger and our increased sensory perception to food when hungry, which many have suggested drive increased food intake.
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Food desert mirage: Better groceries may not bring better health
Grist
The food movement's success so far has come, in large part, from its ability to link rural and urban interests. It brought together people who wanted to help farmers and the environment with those who wanted to fight hunger and provide healthier food. That powerful partnership persuaded governments (notably the federal government) and nonprofits to put some of its ideas to the test. We've now reached a critical moment where we can see the results of those tests — and decide what's working.
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Fresh food, online growth targets of Wal-Mart investment
Just-food.com
U.S. retail giant Wal-Mart will invest "close to" $500 million this year to drive growth in Canada, including moves to enhance its fresh food offering. The company said it will enlarge its supercentre and distribution network as well as expanding its e-commerce offering, walmart.ca.

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Food insecurity in Canada growing worse
CBC News
Food insecurity — lack of access to sufficient, healthy food — is either not getting any better or is getting worse in all parts of Canada, according to a new report. Valerie Tarasuk of the University of Toronto was the lead researcher for the Household Food Insecurity in Canada report, which was produced with support from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and released recently.

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Food labelling causes Canada-U.S. spat
Canadian Manufacturing via The Canadian Press
Canada’s agriculture minister says he’s hoping to avoid an all-out trade war with the United States over food labeling. But Gerry Ritz warns that, if there is a war, he's prepared to fight it. Ritz has launched a last-minute appeal to American lawmakers to change U.S. food labeling rules through a 950-page Farm Bill that could come to a first vote as early as tomorrow.

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4 gluten-free myths debunked
Bakery and Snacks
Few topics can spark a more spirited debate these days than gluten, and yet, as the Whole Grains Council/Oldways points out, misconceptions abound when it comes to gluten — especially within the larger scope of whole grains. Cynthia Harriman, WGC's director of food and nutrition strategies, outlined four primary consumer misconceptions about gluten and grains and how the industry is working to debunk them through science.
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NASA spends $125,000 on pizza
Guardian Liberty Voice
NASA decided to spend $125,000 on a project which will allow astronauts to eat pizza during their missions. While some people might ask themselves why the agency chose pizza, the answer walks hand in hand with this product's user-friendly attributes. When Quartz broke the news that the agency offered a grant to Systems & Materials Research Corporation to build a prototype of a 3-D food printer in only six months, the natural question was related to the type of food the company would make, but pizza proved to be a handy meal thanks to the fact that it can be printed in different layers.
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Kraft removes artificial preservatives from Singles cheese
Justfood.com
Kraft Foods Group has relaunched its Kraft Singles cheese slices in the U.S. to contain no artificial preservatives. The U.S. grocery company confirmed the technology to be able to create the artificial preservative-free Singles had been in development for five years. According to a report by Nielsen, nearly four out of ten households buy Kraft Singles and more than 480 packages of Kraft Singles are sold every minute.
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