There has been a long demand from consumer groups in North America to have the right to know what is in their foods; specifically ingredients containing Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO’s). It seems pretty clear cut, we know the ingredients, we know the nutrient profile of a food, and with new legislation, even known allergens will […]
We see it everywhere, especially at election time, the catch phrases of “Moving Forward”, and “Positive Change”. These are supposed to incite voters into believing that the political party wants to make our lives better. The problem with these statements are they are vague; what exactly is Moving Forward? They are also subjective; what may […]
Buying locally produced products is a benefit to the environment, right? Look at all the fuel and pollution saved by buying your vegetables from a local grower instead of being shipped in from Mexico. This idea is the lynchpin in the strategy put forward by some conventional (non-organic) growers in their efforts to promote consumers […]
In 2005, when hurricane Katrina hit the oil drilling platforms in the Gulf of Mexico, gas prices shot up to an unprecedented $1.30/litre. Consumers were shocked; sales of SUV’s sank while hybrid vehicles enjoyed new popularity. Slowly over the following months, prices stabilized and returned to pre-hurricane levels. Vehicle sales trends quickly reversed with gas […]
One of the latest trends in the marketing of food products is the use of the word “Natural”; Natural hot dogs, Natural trail mix, Natural dog food. It is an extremely intelligent marketing campaign because the image portrayed by these products is of purity, simplicity, and mirrors the image of Certified Organic foods. The problem […]
A customer came into our store the other day and I was going over some of our products and explaining why I think they are superior to what is currently on the market; excellent taste, low in sugar, locally grown, and certified organic. The customer said, “It should be illegal to say anything is organic […]
In the next 20 years, over half the farmers in Saskatchewan will be retired. Most people don’t concern themselves with this fact very much, but I think this future reality is very frightening. What will happen to the farms of the retired farmers, and who will buy them? There are very few young farmers out […]
My son Derek wanted to help me plant a few apple trees that we were selling to a couple of customers. I love his ‘patty cake’ style planting technique.
My daughter Katie helps explain how we do fruit breeding in the hopes of creating truly hardy varieties of fruit that can be grown in our prairie climate. We will be working on creating a hardy almond.
There is a myth that organic growers wish to return to the horse and buggy era, using primitive tools and methods, are anti-technology, and as such anti-progress. That just isn’t the case. I endorse any technology that has a definitive positive impact on society, but doesn’t come at too high of cost in terms of […]