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Ontario looking to restrict use of bee-killing pesticides
Ontario plans to consult with growers and agricultural representatives over the next few months to reduce or eliminate use of neonicotinoids — a class of chemicals implicated in the deaths of bees. Ontario Agriculture Minister Jeff Leal said the province wants to "move away from the widespread, indiscriminate use of neonicotinoid-based pesticides."
Agropur in plants-and-supply deal with Sobeys
Canadian dairy co-op Agropur has struck deals to buy four plants from - and supply a range of products to - Sobeys, one of the country's largest retailers. Agropur said the "strategic partnership" had cost $356 million but included "long-term" agreements to supply products including milk and cream. It has also secured the licence to Sobeys' Lucerne trademark for milk production.
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University of Guelph professor's bee research in the news
University of Guelph
Prof. Nigel Raine is making headlines with new research about the effect of neonicotinoid pesticides on bees. He co-authored a study published that shows long-term exposure to a neonicotinoid pesticide hampers bees' ability to forage for pollen. The research involved fitting bumblebees with tiny radio frequency tags to monitor their day-to-day behaviour including pollen collection and which flowers worker bees chose to visit.
U of G eco-friendly flower pots blossom in U.S., Canada
University of Guelph
Affordable, eco-friendly flower pots — made with University of Guelph technology — have hit the market. They're on the shelves of 2,500 Kroger stores in the United States and 33 Lowe's stores in Canada, and soon will be featured in Home Hardware stores. The pots contain recycled plastics and up to 30 per cent bio-fibres. They were developed by a team led by Amar Mohanty, a professor in the Department of Plant Agriculture and School of Engineering and director of U of G's Bioproducts Discovery and Development Centre (BDDC).
Toronto's new Food Truck Alley aspires to be a permanent hub
The nomads of Toronto's food scene may soon have a home. A food truck alliance is banding together to form Food Truck Alley, a hub of kitchens-on-wheels that will aim to serve lunch, dinner and late-night grub in a parking lot at Queen St. E. and Jarvis St., just a short walk from Ryerson University and the Eaton Centre.
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Grain farmers press for delay on insecticide ban in Ontario
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A group representing Ontario grain farmers says the provincial government's plan to restrict the use of an insecticide blamed for a growing number of bee deaths will hurt them financially, and could lead to increased spraying of pesticides that are more damaging to the environment and humans.
Are waste-free grocers the future?
With food waste top of minds for many grocers, especially those in Europe, there's one German supermarket that's looking to go for a waste-free model. This summer, Original Unverpackt (Original Unpacked) will open the country's first zero packaging store in Berlin. Its goal is to prevent waste.
Federal agriculture minister expects WTO ruling on meat labelling this summer
Prince George Citizen
Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz expects the next ruling in the long, drawn-out dispute over meat-labelling requirements imposed by the United States to come later this summer. Ritz told reporters in Calgary that the World Trade Organization has heard from all of the prospective complainants as well as the U.S. government. He said a public ruling is expected late this summer.
Feds support Beef Centre of Excellence
The federal government is committing $3.8 million to support the creation of a Canadian Beef Centre of Excellence in Calgary. Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz and Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification Michelle Rempel announced the funding in Calgary.
.Organic is latest food-focused domain to enter digital marketplace
After .bar, .rest and .wine, the Internet is about to get another food-related domain aimed at gathering website sellers and producers of organic products under the same umbrella: .organic. Created to help users quickly identify business with clear domain endings, the online trend has moved to the organic food movement, with global registry services provider Afilias bringing the generic domain to the web.
Protein rush: Grain-based products must catch up, says Ardent Mills
The grain-based industry is late to the protein game and they need to catch up because opportunities are vast, says Ardent Mills' director of consumer insights. "There's only one area of growing interest among consumers right now, and that's a growing interest in protein," David Sheluga, consumer insights director for marketing at Ardent Mills, told BakeryandSnacks.com.
Health 'a strategic priority' says Mars as it creates specialized health chief role
Mars has flagged health as a leading priority and has named Debra Sandler, former Mars Chocolate North America president, as chief health and wellness officer for the global company. "The creation of the Chief Health & Wellbeing Officer role is a reflection of the strategic priority that Health & Wellbeing represents for Mars," said Mars in a statement.
Bühler Aeroglide cracks the code on peanut safety
Bakery and Snacks
Food scientists at Bühler Aeroglide report they have come up with a method to dry-roast peanuts that significantly reduces the risk of Salmonella contamination. Salmonella is a common worry in peanut production. A number of Salmonella outbreaks linked to peanuts, peanut butter, and other nutty products have been reported, so the industry is on high alert regarding peanut safety.
Decoding food odours: Scientists map molecular signatures of food smells
While foods contain many thousands of volatile chemicals, only around 230 of them play a role in how we perceive the odour of a food, say researchers. New research investigating the chemistry of how we are able recognise the characteristic odours of foods like strawberries, coffee, barbecued meat or boiled potatoes by smell alone has shown that there are around 230 key substances that can determine the odour of a food - with a maximum of around 40 number of these odours present in any one foodstuff.
Is functional chewing gum the answer to the category's woes?
Fortified chewing gums that go beyond dental could reinvigorate the stagnant global chewing gum market, according to a Datamonitor analyst. "Chewing gum is shifting into a delivery system," senior innovation analyst Mitsue Konishi told ConfectioneryNews. She touted fat burning and energy gums as rising stars.
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