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Author: Owen Roberts

Flurry of investment supports ag future

Agriculture suffers from a shortage of skilled labour, so it’s good to see investments into initiatives such as Conestoga’s College’s 16-week Agricultural Equipment Operator pilot program, the Olds College Smart Agriculture Applied Research Program and Assiniboine College’s agricultural training program. Worker shortages during the COVID-19 pandemic underlined how much we need to step up efforts to create a reliable, accessible agri-food workforce.

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Simplifying plant-based meals

Many of us try to follow Canada’s new food guide, to incorporate more plant materials into our meals. Some plant-based foods though contain foreign-sounding ingredients that make you shake your head. Enter Neophyto Foods of Guelph and the ‘Craft it Yourself’ meal kit, with just five ingredients.

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Second pandemic wave heats up pressure on food support

As COVID-19 cases increase, food banks are worried they won’t have adequate stocks for workers laid-off for a second time. Even keeping supermarket shelves stocked at reasonable prices is complicated business in Canada’s multifaceted agri-food industry. But’s there’s one thing we can all agree on. Nothing trumps access to safe, quality food for our families.

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Owen Roberts – journalist, columnist, educator – provides an urban perspective on agri-food issues.

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