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Canadian Food Summit 2013: From challenges to solutions
CIFST
This major event focuses on leveraging opportunities and finding workable solutions. It will be the most interactive event the Conference Board's Centre for Food in Canada has ever delivered. As a marketing partner of this event, CIFST is able to offer you a special registration rate of $450 to attend.
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Canada negotiating trade deal with Japan
Portage Online
Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz led a trade mission to Japan recently, where discussion continued on a Canada-Japan trade deal. "First and foremost in moving forward a Canada-Japan agreement is getting a face-to-face understanding with your counterpart. I've done that," says Ritz. "We had a great discussion, very frank and candid. We agreed there's a lot more to be gained than not gained by Canada and Japan forming a stronger partnership."
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Call for bold reform to Canada's dairy supply management system
Farms.com
The George Morris Centre released its fourth and final paper in a series of policy papers exploring Canada's supply management for dairy. The paper puts forward ideas for a reform, but stops short of suggesting that Canada should dismantle or replace it all together. The first two papers in the series were commissioned by the Conference Board of Canada, while the final two papers were published by the George Morris Centre.
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How to harvest Canada's agriculture potential
Leader-Post via Financial Post
The escalating demand for food resources is turning all eyes towards the world's feeding nations. Yet with global population growth projected to reach nine billion by 2045, can Alberta's producers continue to sustain their agricultural output to remain a major competitor?
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Nova Scotia egg industry gets a boost from the federal government
Farms.com
The Government of Canada recently announced an investment that would help the Nova Scotia egg industry, including two projects that would ultimately assist with increasing the number of marketable eggs. Member of Parliament Scott Armstrong (Cumberland-Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley) made the announcement on behalf of Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz. The investment is over $265,000 and will be divided into two initiatives.
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Hôtel-Dieu Grace goes green by recycling food waste
CBC News
Windsor's Hôtel-Dieu Grace Hospital is composting more than 200 kilograms of food waste each day. Using a high-heat composting machine, the hospital is converts waste into fertilizer in approximately 15 hours. It's all part of a thesis project by environmental engineering masters student Taylor Purdy. "The end goal is to send less to landfill and recycle more," Purdy said.
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System helps consumers to track origin of seafood they're eating
Times Colonist
Products come with a coded tag that can be typed into a tablet or smartphone and it will quickly give you the story of that crustacean. Information includes the name of the fisherman who caught it, possibly a picture of his boat, and a map of where it was caught. "Recent studies have shown that one-third of seafood in North America is mislabeled. By tracing your seafood using ThisFish, you can discover whether it is local and comes from a B.C. fish harvester," said Ecotrust Canada president Brenda Reid-Kuecks.
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Watch out for the bliss point
Canada.com via Courier-Islander
Follow your bliss. That is good advice when it means to follow the dictates of your heart and find your way in life. But today, bliss has a darker side. When it comes to eating, few of us realize we have a scientifically analyzed "bliss point." But processed food manufacturers have figured it out in detail. Their food scientists work to create foods that fuel our bliss point; they create and feed our cravings.
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All GMO products at Whole Foods to carry label by 2018
CTV News
Whole Foods says all products in its North American stores that contain genetically modified ingredients will be labeled as such by 2018. The company says it's the first national grocery chain to set such a deadline for labeling foods that contain genetically modified organisms, or GMOs. A spokeswoman for the supermarket operator said organic foods will not have to carry the labels since they do not contain genetically modified ingredients by definition.
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Food cravings engineered by industry
CBC News
Craving. It doesn't just happen to food addicts. Most people have experienced the impulse to seek out and consume a favourite packaged snack food.

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Clean label trend helps drive natural colours to overtake synthetics
Bakery and Snacks
Natural colours have overtaken their synthetic counterparts for the first time ever, and the trend towards clean label products is one of the key drivers according to new data from Mintel and Leatherhead Food Research.

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Canadian Food Innovations Cluster
CIFST
An invitation to participate in federal research and innovation funding. The program funding is available for science-based research that will accelerate the pace of innovation. You must act now to apply for this funding.

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Food traceability crucial issue
The StarPhoenix
The technology for a highly functional food traceability system exists, but the business case to support it remains weak. Any model would need to address two primary issues. First, in survey after survey the evidence shows that Canadians expect safety when buying food, but are unwilling to pay for it. Second, Canada is a vast country with a low population density, which complicates logistics. Food traceability systems obviously rely on sound logistics.
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Sushi: Not that good for you after all?
Yahoo! Shine
If you're thinking of sushi as a lighter lunch option, you may want to think again. Turns out that Supermarket sushi is much more like typical fast food than you'd think, with a couple of California rolls packing as many calories and twice as much sugar as a Big Mac and French fries from McDonald's. The culprit: All that deliciously seasoned white rice wrapped around the minuscule pieces of fish and vegetables.
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Why we're wasting billions on gluten-free food
TIME
A new survey from market research firm the NPD Group finds that America is cutting gluten out of its diet in a big way. Just under one-third of 1,000 respondents agreed with the statement: "I'm trying to cut back/avoid gluten in my diet." That's the highest level since the company added gluten consumption to the surveys it does about Americans' eating habits in 2009.
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