CFFO Commentary

Consumers Need to Manage Food Packaging Waste

Since early in May Tim Hortons has been removing garbage bins from drive-through lanes. Some have been placed in less obvious locations on the store properties. Tim Hortons is concerned customers don’t have enough time to properly sort their garbage into bins placed alongside drive-through lanes, so it has taken the trash cans away. They…

Food Waste Part III – Food Banks

Food Waste is a significant problem in Canada, and globally. This is the third and final commentary in a series on food waste. This week’s focus is on the role of food banks in redistributing food that might otherwise have been wasted. Waste from production through to retail sale and household waste were the focus…

Food Waste Part II – Household Waste

Food Waste is a significant problem in Canada, and globally. Household food waste is a big piece of the food waste pie. Waste from production through to retail sale was the focus last week, and next week will examine the role of food banks, which are at their greatest need in the summer months. Food…

Food Waste Part I – Field to Retail

Food waste is a significant problem in Canada, and globally. This is the first of three commentaries on food waste, focusing on waste from production through to retail sale. Household waste is the focus for next week, followed by the role of food banks, who are at their greatest need in the summer months. A…

Benefits of Retention Ponds: Tour of Sheridan Nurseries

The CFFO Water Stewardship Task Team went for a tour of Sheridan Nurseries’ Georgetown campus last week to see the innovative water irrigation system and retention pond that Sheridan has installed. We were treated to a tour by Bart Brusse, the Container Manager, and Pieter Joubert, Vice President of Nursery Operations. Retention ponds have many…

When is Efficiency Not?

While “big” may seem to be more efficient, it can also create inefficiencies. The situation of pork processors in Manitoba over the past couple of years is a good illustration. In 1999, Maple Leaf Foods built a state-of-the-art pork processing plant in Brandon Manitoba. With the promise of new jobs and economic prosperity for the…

Farm Regulations

Over the next four years poultry and livestock producers who use unvented gas heaters in their facilities will be required to have them verified for proper installation. According to Section 7.36 of the Gaseous Fuels Code, Technical Standard and Safety Authority (TSSA) requires a professional engineer to verify installations for farmers to continue to have…

Local Food Week

This week is Local Food Week. In Ontario we are blessed with a vibrant local food culture. This is a happy marriage between amazing entrepreneurial farmers and local processors, and enthusiastic local foodies. At its best, the local food culture aims to bring farmers and eaters together in a much more direct relationship. This fosters…

Protecting Farm Viability in the Greater Golden Horseshoe

I remember my surprise when I heard at a conference on food that you can see most of Ontario’s best farmland from the top of the CN Tower. Certainly our valuable farmland extends beyond the Greater Golden Horseshoe region, but much of our productive farmland is within this region, including two provincially significant specialty crop…

Fort McMurray Fire

The out-of-control forest fire around Fort McMurray, Alberta is a natural calamity that reminds us that some things are beyond our control. To see so many homes burned and such a large area of forest destroyed touches the spirit of everyone. The quick response in assisting people from Fort McMurray shows the national goodwill of…