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Is organic food healthier?
The Toronto Star    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Organic jelly beans. Organic potato chips. Organic vodka. 'Organic' is a term perceived as healthier than conventional matter what they are, according to registered dietitian Sharon Palmer. Organic does not necessarily mean a food can't be highly processed, however. ('Processed' means it has been changed in some way from its natural form.) More

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P.E.I. honey product blasting into space
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A Charlottetown-based food producer has won a contest that will see its flagship honey product head into space. Honibe's Honey Drop will be among 12 new innovative Canadian foods accompanying astronauts into space later this year. More

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Meeting the needs of a growing Japanese market
The Prince Edward Island Guardian    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The federal government is investing $800,000 to help Canadian soybean growers find varieties that meet the demands of the Japanese marketplace. Pierre Lemieux, parliamentary secretary to the Agriculture Minister and P.E.I. MP Gail Shea, announced the funding at a farm in New Glasgow. More

Exports key to growth in meat sector
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Access to foreign markets is key to growth in the Canadian meat trade, says the president of the Canadian Meat Council. Beef, pork and grain are the major trade components, and 90 per cent of Canadian farmers rely on exports. More

Canada and B.C. invest in sustainable agriculture
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The British Columbia agricultural industry will benefit from an investment in two projects to develop energy solutions that will also reduce agricultural waste, announced federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz and British Columbia Agriculture Minister Don McRae. "Our Government's top priority remains the economy, and British Columbia’s agriculture industry plays an important role in keeping it strong," said Minister Ritz. "This investment in new technology will help B.C. farmers improve their competitiveness as well as their environmental sustainability." More

Food supply crisis could lead to vegetarianism, experts warn
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Experts kicking off World Water Week have issued a dire warning: If we don't change our habits, the global population may have to abandon its meat-heavy meals or risk facing a food supply crisis by the year 2050. According to a report, there are already nearly one billion people around the world suffering from hunger and malnourishment. And that number has been rising in spite of per capita food production increases in recent decades. More

'Critical breakthrough': 12 labs validate new cocoa-flavanol measurement method
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A multi-centre collaboration between academia and industry has confirmed a new validation method for cocoa flavanols and procyanidins that study backer Mars says could have, 'far-reaching implications for researchers and consumers.' More

UN food chief warns high and volatile prices here to stay
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High and volatile food prices are here to stay and countries need to ensure they have sufficient stockpiles, the head of the United Nations food agency has said. "Food prices will remain elevated and will be highly volatile in the next 10 years," Food and Agricultural Organization chief Jose Graziano da Silva said in an interview with the French daily Le Monde. More

Food scientists team up with farmers to explore exotic veggie growth
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When you're talking coconut, yuzu and mango, importing makes sense — we can't grow those things here. But why aren't local farmers supplying the things we could be producing in Ontario? Well, partly because no one told the farmers they wanted to buy those crops, and partly because the varieties bred for production in other countries may not fare so well here. When researchers at Niagara's renowned horticultural science facility, Vineland Research and Innovation Centre, put their heads together with members of the Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers' Association, they found some opportunities. More

Canadian researchers look to improve biofuel production    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Researchers from Ontario and Israel are trying to replicate a process found in nature to make the production biofuel more cost-effective. "The complex — cellulusome — is the most highly efficient degrader of biomass known to man," Steven Smith of Queen's University told CBC News. More

Study shows hope of greater global food output, less environmental impact of agriculture
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Can we have enough to eat and a healthy environment, too? Yes -- if we're smart about it, suggests a study published in Nature this week by a team of researchers from the University of Minnesota and McGill University in Montreal. Global demand for food is expected to double by 2050 due to population growth and increased standards of living. To meet this demand, it is often assumed we will need to expand the environmental burden of agriculture. The paper, based on analysis of agricultural data gathered from around the world, offers hope that with more strategic use of fertilizer and water, we could not only dramatically boost global crop yield, but also reduce the adverse environmental impact of agriculture. More

Blueberries are 'powerhouse' fruit
London Free Press    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
According to the British Columbia Blueberry Council, blueberries are among the highest for antioxidant activity in testings of more than 100 different foods. The Wild Blueberry Association of North America notes that wild blueberries contain anthocyanins, powerful antioxidants that neutralize free radicals (the unstable oxygen molecules associated with cancer, heart disease and aging). More

What's driving the decline in U.S. meat consumption?
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Americans still consume more meat than nearly anyone else in the world, but consumption is declining — and people's reasons for eating less meat have evolved in recent years. According to USDA figures, U.S. meat consumption is on track to fall by more than 12 per cent from 2007 to the end of 2012 — about 165.5 pounds per person this year, or just under half a pound a day. But why? More

University of Adelaide joins with Italy to develop 'super spaghetti'
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University of Adelaide researchers are working with colleagues in Italy to produce better quality pasta that also adds greater value to human health. The aim of the ARC Centre of Excellence is to look at the fundamental role of cell walls (biomass) in plants and discover how they can be better utilised. Both of these new projects will investigate key aspects of the cell walls in durum wheat, which is commonly used for making pasta. More

Sustainability initiative tackles cocoa and coffee losses
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The Sustainable Agriculture Initiative (SAI) Platform is making headway in preventing cocoa and coffee crop losses, improving supply and yields for manufacturers. Nestlé says it has been able to improve cocoa yields in some cases by 200 per cent. More

Spain backs food nanotechnology research
Food Production Daily    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Nanotechnology for food and other industries is receiving strong support in the Basque region of Spain, with cash being channelled to researchers through the EU Framework 7 research funding programme. Some scientists are looking at ways of using nanotechnology to block cholesterol from entering the bloodstream. Others are looking at applying it to the area of food safety, using antimicrobial coatings for work surfaces. More

Instant emulsions: Researchers aim to reduce industry costs with freeze dried sauces and dressings
Food Navigator    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Findings from a team of Brazilian researchers could help to reduce industry storage and transport costs by improving the way in which emulsions like sauces and salad dressings can be freeze dried. The study — published in LWT - Food Science and Technology — investigated and characterised the best methods to produce a microencapsulated food emulsion using various polymers, including alginate, arabic gum and maltodextrin. More

Many trendy 'microgreens' are more nutritious than their mature counterparts
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The first scientific analysis of nutrient levels in edible microgreens has found that many of those trendy seedlings of green vegetables and herbs have more vitamins and healthful nutrients than their fully grown counterparts. More

Inspection modernization: IMO invitation
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The Federal Budget 2011 provided the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) with funding over five years to modernize and strengthen food safety in Canada. This represents an exciting opportunity for the CFIA to build on the existing foundation and improve current inspection approaches and tools. More

 IMO Invitation: Additional industry face-to-face sessions across Canada in September and October 2012

Area Date Time Language Location
Halifax (Dartmouth), NS September 27, 2012 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. English Days Inn Dartmouth, 20 Highfield Park Drive, Dartmouth, NS
Burnaby, BC October 2, 2012 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. English Executive Hotel & Conference Centre, 4201 Lougheed Hwy, Burnaby (BC) TBC
Winnipeg, MB October 3, 2012 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. English Delta Winnipeg, 350 St. Mary Avenue, Winnipeg (MB) TBC
Drummondville, QC October 15, 2012 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. French Best Western Plus Hôtel Universel, 915 Hains Street, Drummondville (QC)
Mississauga, ON October 17, 2012 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. English Holiday Inn Toronto International Airport, 970 Dixon Road, Toronto (ON)

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