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Processed meat's cancer link unlikely to change habits, experts say
If you love a good steak or can't imagine eggs without bacon, then a recent WHO report on the cancer connection to processed and red meats probably gave you pause.
The food tech revolution: How customers can have their cake and eat it too
From supermarket price wars to the skyrocketing popularity of takeaway apps and growing demand among socially-conscious consumers for Fairtrade and organic goods, technology is changing how we choose to eat and drink. And yet the food industry has yet to experience the same revolution as transport or communications industries – but is that all about to change?
Ontario grain farmers lose court battle against government's pesticide restriction
Globe and Mail
The Grain Farmers of Ontario has lost a court battle against the Ontario government's restrictions on a class of pesticide linked to the decline in pollinators.
Plant-based meat that matches steak for texture: 'The technology is unique in the world'
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Research says some foods addicting
Pizza, French fries and ice cream may be the kinds of foods many of us love to indulge in after a night of drinking. But research earlier this year suggests we can actually have benders on these foods all by themselves, and it may even be a sign of an addiction.
GMO backlash threatens beet farmers as foodmakers swap sugars
America's sugar beet growers are under siege as U.S. food companies increasingly shun genetically modified (GMO) crops. In the past seven years, the farmers – many in Minnesota, North Dakota, Michigan, and Idaho – have all switched to GMO seeds created by Monsanto Co and sold by others as they seek to increase yields and cut costs. Genetically Modified Organisms include plants that have had been created through gene splicing — the introduction of DNA from a different species to make a new one.
Mondelez CEO: Cost savings key to earnings beat
Mondelez International's catalyst to better-than-expected earnings and revenue is a simple one, Chairman and CEO Irene Rosenfeld said. "A key driver on that was the aggressive focus we've had on cost savings, both in overhead as well as in supply chains," she said in a CNBC "Squawk Alley" interview.
General public notice: Prevent disease in backyard flocks and pet birds
There is a significant threat of the re-emergence of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) in the fall of 2015 that has the potential to negatively impact the health and welfare of poultry. The implementation of preventative biosecurity practices can reduce this risk.
Loblaws banner to disappear from Quebec
Loblaw has decided to abandon its namesake brand in Quebec and will convert its 17 remaining Loblaws stores in the province into Provigos starting next month.
Chocolate's a treat not a health food, despite benefits
With Halloween right around the corner, it's worth noting that chocolate may not be as beneficial to your heart health and memory as you may have been led to believe. An article in Harvard Women's Health Watch notes that, while observational studies have linked chocolate consumption to reductions in heart disease and dementia, the observed connection is not one of cause-and-effect.
Donations of unsold food could mean tax breaks for food suppliers
A national food waste reduction plan that would give tax breaks to food suppliers and producers that donate food that would be normally thrown away, instead of wasting it, is something the Halifax Regional Council is looking into implementing.
Vancouver-region mayors call for new approach to food waste
Globe and Mail
Vancouver-region mayors are at the forefront of a new proposal to use tax incentives to encourage food retailers, suppliers and retailers to donate unsold, edible food to low-income people in need of food in Canada's cities.
Cattle get diverse menu in cover crop system
A large group of Black Angus cattle waited impatiently as Ryan Boyd rolled up a temporary electric fence. The cattle were on the west side of the fence in a completely grazed paddock with little forage left to eat.
Time running out for food safety changes
B.C.'s food processors only have a few months remaining to develop formal food safety and sanitation plans as new regulations come into effect March 2016. The Public Health Act's food premises regulation was amended two years ago to require written food safety and sanitation plans from food processors — such as supermarkets and delis.
Calorie-cutting may be an anti-aging key
Food for thought for retail dietitians: Your weight management programs may help shoppers do more than slim their waistlines. You've probably read interesting research linking calorie restriction to increased longevity and delayed progression of several age-related diseases in lab animals. Now, a study supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) suggests that cutting calories may lower some risk factors for age-related illnesses in humans.
Snack market will grow despite war on fat
The crisp and snack market will continue to grow despite greater public focus on sugar, salt and fat content in foods, according to the boss of one snack firm.
McDonald's Canada to remove most antibiotics from chicken
Canadian Grocer via The Canadian Press
McDonald's Canada is moving to remove antibiotics used in humans from its chicken offerings by the end of 2018. The company's 1,400 restaurants in Canada, which source all of their chicken from Canadian poultry farmers, says it will work with suppliers to phase out the use of antibiotics that are important to human medicine over the next three years.
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