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  1. A forum that works

    by on June 10th,2010 at 08:08 AM
    It's interesting.
    For the last several days there has been a fairly intense discussion about the BCAC's stable funding initiative on the COABC listserve. Lots of comments. Lots of questions. Lots of discourse...real discourse where perspectives are respectfully shared, frustrations aired, skepticisms exposed, doubts expressed.
    What does this tell us?
    It says that a discussion forum has a great deal of potential, and among at least one type of farmer, it is sought, and in many ...
  2. Future of Jersey Cows for the Gulf Islands

    by on April 22nd,2010 at 10:23 AM (The Farmer's Stand)
    Quote Originally Posted by Firhill View Post
    “Rich and silky, an organic cheese to make you anything but blue” Globe and Mail, January, 2010
    “Sin on a cracker” Macleans Magazine – on Moonstruck organic cheese

    Susan and Julia Grace own Moonstruck Dairy on Salt Spring Island, one of the first certified organic dairy and cheese producers in BC. At first, their farm was like most in the Gulf Islands. Part of island farming heritage, it was the former 1890's homestead of the Beddis family. Susan and
  3. National Food Strategy – Why?

    by on March 22nd,2010 at 09:12 AM

    Why do we need a National Food Strategy? What distinguishes a National Food Strategy from the five year agreements that we have had?

    The Agricultural Policy Framework and its successor Growing Forward have fundamentally been fiscal budgeting tools. As such they have consisted of budgeting envelopes, with some strategy attached. Associated with these five year plans we have had Vision Statements. The strategy, if we can call it that, to achieve the vision ...
  4. BCAC adopts Meat Inspection as a priority issue for 2010

    by on March 21st,2010 at 10:20 AM
    It's time.

    The Meat Inspection Regulation and Food Safety Act was introduced in 2004, based on a political objective to provide a consistent approach to public health protection in relation to livestock slaughter. At issue was the lack of a "uniform meat inspection system" and concerns about the need to respond quickly to emerging diseases, track and trace diseased animals and address animal welfare concerns.

    It's going on 6 years later. What are the results? ...
  5. The Future of Food

    by on February 26th,2010 at 10:30 AM
    Th Future of Food was the theme, the title of the three-day session of the Canadian Federation of Agriculture AGM held in Ottawa earlier this week. It stimulated lots of discussion. Mostly, it stimulated lots of enthusiasm as it identified not only a fresh way of thinking about how to improve the future of agriculture in Canada, but a way that recognized the value of all types of agricultural approaches and the real connections they have to the health and well-being of everyone who eats.
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