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12 countries, including Canada, reach tentative TPP deal
Canadian Grocer
58299 Twelve nations, including Canada, have reached a tentative deal on a massive Pacific Rim trading bloc billed as the largest-ever deal of its kind, with implications for a staggering scope of industries, workers, and for long-term international relations between countries on four continents.
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3 contradictory trends in food consumption
FCC
Not every day will you find top executives from four of the largest food retailers in North America (Loblaws, Metro, Sobeys and Whole Foods Market) sharing the same stage to discuss food trends. I had the pleasure recently to moderate their discussion at the Business Strategies Forum (link in French) organized by the Quebec Food Processors Association.
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Are Canadians too hung up on protein?
Canadian Grocer
Garth Davis, a weight-loss surgeon who runs a clinic in Houston, tells a story about a patient of his, a woman who became terrified of yams. Originally from Ghana, she had grown up with them as a staple, but abandoned her traditional diet in favour of the Western way: eggs for breakfast, a salad with chicken midday, a protein shake for a snack, and a breast of grilled chicken for dinner. When Davis asked why she thought she was gaining weight, she blamed the carbs.
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Food traceability software developed for farmers
CBC News
An Annapolis Valley software company has developed a mobile app for farmers that will make it easier for them to keep track of their produce and the chemicals and pesticides applied to it.
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Government of Canada delivers new programs for supply management sector
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
The Government of Canada announced a series of new programs and initiatives for supply-managed producers and processors to support them throughout the implementation of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Canada-EU Trade Agreement. Under both agreements, the three pillars of the supply management system will remain protected.
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Food can the best medicine to boost eye health
Hamilton Spectator
Eye health is the subject of mounting research as age-related macular degeneration, also known as ARMD, as well as glaucoma and cataracts become the main causes of vision loss and blindness. The American Academy of Ophthalmology estimates that ARMD has resulted in the blindness of more than 1 million people worldwide, yet it is unclear how and what triggers the disorder.
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How plastics in the ocean get into food chain
BBC
In a bid to reduce waste, England has introduced a 5p charge on plastic bags. Scientists studying the impact of plastic waste on the marine environment have warned contamination could be passing up the food chain to humans.
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Is larger sized food packaging tricking consumers into overeating?
Food Navigator
Bigger sized food packaging could trick consumers into believing portion sizes are bigger than they are, according to new research.
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Turning rice waste into protein
Food Navigator
The EU-funded project BIORICE has discovered how to turn starch production waste into protein supplements.
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World prices rise for the first time in 18 months
Wall Street Journal
World food prices rose in September for the first time in 18 months, pushed up by higher sugar and dairy prices, the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization said Thursday. The FAO's Food Price Index rose from 155.1 to 156.3 in August, a gain of less than 1%, the organization said in its monthly report.
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Where's the beef come from? Fast-food giants in ad war over meat source
Winnipeg Free Pres
Beef "raised without the use of hormones or steroids," one fast-food chain touts in its commercials. "Not Without Canadian Farmers," another burger giant boasts of its menu. McDonald's has launched the latest salvo in a battle for the stomachs of food-conscious Canadians with new ads that picture hamburger buns floating over an empty space where the patty should be. "The Big Mac? Not Without Canadian Farmers," it says.
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Province to lower food prices in remote, northern Manitoba
CBC News
Residents in some remote Manitoba communities could be paying less for healthy foods this fall under a new pilot program announced by the Premier Greg Selinger. The program is called AFFIRM and stands for Affordable Food in Remote Manitoba.
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Testimony on U.S. Nutrition Guidelines reflects a complex debate
New York Times
Many Americans struggle with questions over what makes a healthy diet: skim or whole milk? Lean meat or no meat at all? Is there such a thing as “good fat”? Amid a national conversation about high rates of diabetes, obesity and heart disease, uncertainty over what to eat has unnerved many Americans trying to sift through marketing and dieting trends.
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Not all processed foods are created equal
Huffington Post
With the return to school, many families and students are looking for quick, easy meal and snack ideas to get them through their busy days. A lot of people will resort to processed foods to help them along, and as a dietitian, I fully support this decision.
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Harper promises dairy industry will be protected in any Pacific trade deal (Canadian Grocer)

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