October 2015

The socially-conscious consumer, transparency in food, food waste ($31B worth in Canada), insect protein and food innovation were some of the hot topics at Country Heritage Park at the Future of Food and Farming Forum on  October 6. 

Hopeful signs? Support for local is rising through a growing engaged consumer, which has also brought an increased demand for transparency in food - certainly a potential catalyst for the local food movement.

For a snapshot of the day and some of the engaging insight that was discussed, check out our most recent blog post.
G3 Global Grain Group , a Winnipeg-based agribusiness, has announced plans to build a $50-million-plus year-round shipping terminal at the  Port of Hamilton  that will export grains and oilseeds grown in southern Ontario. 

The terminal is expected to be ready for 2017. Read more here.
Did you know that Goodness Me! Natural Food Market has their own farm that grows produce exclusively for their stores? 

A chat with the organic grocer illustrates the impact of supporting local, and the power of the consumer to help elicit change by sending a ripple through important food value chains. 

Read our story with Goodness Me here, where we take a look at the value chain and sourcing locally.

The Fraser Institute has completed a survey of housing developers and homebuilders to provide new insight into the issue of rising house prices and land-use regulation. The report presents survey results for cities in the Greater Golden Horseshoe, illustrating how red tape can be a major problem for municipalities, with re-zoning wait times discouraging business development.

While the focus is on housing starts, the red tape created at the municipal level is also seen as a deterrent for investment and expansion in agri-food businesses and farms.

"A growing body of research indicates that onerous regulation reduces new home construction and contributes to rising home prices," said Kenneth Green, Fraser Institute Senior Director of Energy and Natural Resources.
"Housing affordability continues to be a major issue right across the Greater Golden Horseshoe. Unfortunately, the results of this survey indicate that red tape at some city halls is deterring development and exacerbating the problem."

The province is investing $1.5 million through the  Jobs and Prosperity Fund - Food and Beverage Growth Fund to help  Lassonde Industries, a Toronto area beverage producer, purchase and install a new high-speed, Tetra Pak packaging line that will improve efficiencies and allow the company to fill up to 24,000 juice packages per hour - 18,000 more per hour than they can currently fill.

The investment aims to help create sustainable jobs and strengthen the province's food and beverage processing sector. Read the news release here.
Janet Horner, Executive Director,
Golden Horseshoe Food and Farming Alliance