CFFO Commentary

A Whole Systems View of Supply Management – Part II

Recent media debate around supply management of dairy often takes a reductionist approach by comparing the shelf price of milk in other countries. But this is far too simplified a way of trying to compare complex differences between complete systems of producing and marketing milk. The CFFO prides itself on considering agricultural issues not only…

A Whole Systems View of Supply Management: Part I

The current press frenzy around Canada’s supply managed dairy system is mostly thanks to the rhetoric of politicians south of the border. However, debate about costs and benefits, pros and cons, of the system has gone on within our own Canadian media for a long time too. Media debate around supply management often focuses on…

Farmers Helping Others

No doubt by now everyone has formed for themselves some opinion about the NAFTA trade talks. Complex as the issues are, supply management for dairy and poultry is important in those negotiations. Dairy at times seems to get a lot of press, but the thinking in the articles, both pro and con, does not vary…

Future Farmers of Ontario

In July, the Christian Farmers Federation of Ontario will be hosting two Farming Under 40 Barbeques. The CFFO hosts annual summer barbeques in various districts to celebrate young farmers and their families. By hosting our annual Farming Under Forty BBQs, the CFFO hopes to bring together young farmers from around these areas to enjoy an…

Excess Soil Industry Will See Closer Regulation in Ontario

Last week the CFFO submitted recommendations for excess soil management to the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change in Ontario. According to a 2014 Toronto Star article, during peak construction years as much as 50 million tonnes of excess soil is generated at Ontario construction sites, 7.5 million tonnes of which are contaminated. The…

Ontario Puts a New Government to Work

Ontarians voted for change on June 7th, with a strong outcome. The province has given the reigns to the PC party to steer the ship for the next four years. The Christian Farmers Federation of Ontario (CFFO) offers congratulations to newly elected Premier Doug Ford and to the Progressive Conservative Party that will form Ontario’s…

The Local Struggle Against Cheap Imported Food

This week we’re celebrating the local food our farmers produce for us during Local Food Week from June 4th to 10th. During this week we appreciate all the nutritious, fresh food that is produced here in Ontario. As Ontario residents, we are lucky to be living in an area with highly productive farmlands. We have…

The Power of the Rural Vote

As we come into the final week of the Ontario election 2018, this has been a dramatic campaign to watch. After three broadcasted debates, the parties continue to fight to win over voters in ridings all across the province. Based on current polls, it seems unlikely that we will see the same urban/rural divide we…

Phosphorus Innovation in Holland Marsh

Scientists agree that there are some boundaries in the earth’s ecology that cannot be crossed. One of those is the level of nutrients in our freshwater bodies. The amount of nutrients, particularly phosphorus and nitrogen, that we put into our lakes, rivers, and watersheds has reached the point of critical concern. The effects include loss…

Political Will Necessary for Water Stewardship

With the provincial election approaching, the Christian Farmers Federation of Ontario is reaching out to provincial candidates on three key issues for farming communities: agri-food sector success, farmland preservation, and water stewardship. This week’s focus has been on water stewardship. Ontario agriculture’s future success will rely on optimal use and management of water for food…