Raw milk advocates form alliance

•January 21, 2010 • Leave a Comment

In the past few years there have been a series of local(Ontario) news reports concerning one mans quest to provide raw milk to the public.  Michael Schmidt has become the face of an on going battle for the right to sell unpasteurized milk to a small but loyal customer base.  However this practice has been illegal in Canada since the passing of The Milk Act of 1938, since raw milk can contain harmful bacteria.  Despite many altercations with law enforcement, Mr. Schmidt has now become co-director of the Canadian chapter of ARM, The Alliance for Raw Milk.  This new alliance was created this week, with chapters in Canada and The United States, to centralize support for the freedom to sell their product without government interference.  Once again making an effort to publicize the controversy of public freedom to purchase what they want (in a non-narcotic context).

For more details on Mr. Schmidt and his cause, I found some more information on the CBC Website (There was a documentary made in 2008, but I couldn’t find a link to it).

Article on ARM: http://www.ontariofarmer.com/pages/latest-news/latest-news-06.html

Innovative step forward in urban farming

•January 17, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Cities may not quite be ready for the futuristic world of vertical farming, but progress is still being made in that direction.  With the 100-mile diet gaining popularity, the demand for local produce has created a valuable market.  I stumbled upon this article in the finance section of The Globe and Mail on an innovative new business that is using warehouses as “Urban Barns.”  They have managed to capitalizing on this new demand despite the unfavorable Canadian climate.  Although their enterprise is limited to smaller fruits, veggies and herbs it is most certainly a step forward towards a  more sustainable future.

More details here: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/your-business/start/financing/urban-barns-grows-green-revolution/article1431435/

Unseasonable weather hurts Southern farmers

•January 13, 2010 • Leave a Comment

North America weather map

What kind of Canadian would I be if I didn’t start out talking about the weather?  There have recently been many reports of the unseasonably cold weather that has hit the United States, particularly Southern Florida.  Being from Ontario, this isn’t a very big deal, however I do keep a close eye on the weather (Even as a child it was important to be informed about potential snow days) and in the last ten years or so the jet stream seems to be dipping lower and lower into the South-East.  This normally means some “Artic air mass” will hit Ontario dropping the temperature to below 30, but to the farmers of Florida it has a larger impact on their bottom line.   Farmers are scrambling to save crops and fish that are unaccustomed to a dip below 0° Celsius.  I was listening to the radio and a farmer was describing how his strawberries, tomatoes and peppers were suffering and that prices will most likely rise.  Meaning a cost hike at the local grocer for the unseasonal fruits and veggies I love so much and an impact on my personal bottom line.

Here are a couple links of articles that expand on the damage:

CFRB: http://www.newstalk1010.com/news/56/1046709

CBC: http://www.cbc.ca/world/story/2010/01/10/florida-weather.html

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•September 19, 2009 • Leave a Comment

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