FoodFarm Talk is an interactive program on food and farming that builds on the diverse research at the University of Guelph and the strong Ontario agri-food community, to inform listeners some of the wonderful work being done from farm to fork. The program celebrates the people, research, and work that shape the food we eat. Broadcast on radio Thursday 10:00 am on CFRU 93.3 FM in Guelph, ON, Canada, live onwww.cfru.ca or podcast here on Anchor, Spotify, Apple podcasts and Google Podcasts. Produced by Abdul-Rahim Abdulai, Emily Duncan, Paul Smith and Cameron Ogilvie.
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What were the top agri-food issues and stories of 2019? Our top 10 picks
Have you ever wanted to make your own maple syrup but were unsure where to start or how to do it? Urban sugaring provides the answer. The Urban Sugaring Project allows tree owners in the City of Guelph to work together to create maple syrup. And in this episode, Emily Duncan interviews organizers on the specifics of the program this year, which is scheduled for Feb. 1, 2020. Listen to this episode to learn more about Urban sugaring and how to participate.
In this special episode, Abdul highlights themes in Canada 2020 Food Price Report while also paying tribute to two friends and the University of Guelph colleagues, Ghanimat Azhdari & Milad Ghasemi Ariani, who lost their lives in the Iran plane accident. Ghanimat's work on indigenous resource conservation and Milad's dedication to work and communality are highlighted. The later part of the episode dive into the forecast in 2020 Food Price Report to highlight some of the key issues that influenced prices in 2019. Anticipated food headlines including retail plastic packaging, Smart shopping, and climate change interventions in the food sector. #flightps752
Conservation Authorities work with Ontario farmers and other landowners to assist in conservation work like tree planting, erosion control, water quality improvement and soil health. Conservation authorities undertake many other activities to fulfill their watershed management mandate. The Ontario government’s Bill 108 amended the Conservation Authorities Act as well as many other statutes for the stated purpose of “increasing housing supply”. Then in August 2019 the Minister of Environment, Conservation and Parks sent a letter to all conservation authorities telling them to “wind down” programs not within the “core mandate” of conservation authorities. Farm and conservation organizations are concerned that important stewardship programs of conservation authorities are not lost to farmers and landowners. Paul Smith discusses these issues with Kim Gavine, General Manager of Conservation Ontario and Joanne Rzadki, Business Development & Partnerships Coordinator also of Conservation Ontario.
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Emily Duncan and Abdul-Rahim talk about the top stories on the show and main ag issues in Candian and global level in 2019. The show presents the top ten picks of our year. Issues discussed include;
Main ag issues this year:
Canada releases 2019 Food Guide
EAT-Lancet reports on maintaining a healthy planet and healthy people
Federal budget 2019 lay foundation for the creation of Canada National food policy
The city of Guelph wins Smart City Challenge with a circular food economy proposal
Canada in trade tussle with China as canola, beef, and pork exports are disrupted.
Federal government roles out carbon taxing across the country
Women make strides in Canadian agriculture leadership. First female Minister of Agriculture – Marie-Claude Bibeau and the first female director of CFA – Mary Robinson takes office.
CN rail workers go on strike, disrupting harvest 2019.
Ontario sets the stage to protect farmers with Security from Trespass and Animal Safety Act
The 2020 Canada food price report is released.
In this episode, we talk about the 2019 Arrell Food Summit which took place on 3rd December at the Globe and Mail Centre in Toronto. Abdul and Emily participated in the summit and they reflect on the packed day of presentations and discussions. Snippets from key guests, organizers, researchers, and student participants are presented to reflect on strategies for feeding the globe, a central theme at the summit.
For a World Soil Day special episode, and the final installment in the "Talk Dirty To Me" miniseries, Cameron is joined by Dr. Bill Deen and Nicola Linton from the University of Guelph. Bill and Nicola talk about how different crop rotations and tillage practices impact the soil, crop production, and the environment based on discoveries from a 40-year experiment in Elora, ON. Hang in until the end to catch a montage of reflections on what we need to appreciate more about soil, from attendees at this year's Latornell Symposium. It's a special capstone to this series; we hope you've enjoyed it!
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Series host Cameron Ogilvie managed to catch up with Norfolk County farmer Dan Petker (@PetkerFarm) in the combine cab to learn about his pursuit of soil health. Dan offers both a hopeful and critical perspective on what it takes to improve soil and loves to talk about the economic burden of sustainable soil management practices.
For more information on the December 5, World Soil Day event, visit the event posting here: https://news.uoguelph.ca/event/world-soil-day/
For more information on cost-share and incentive programs that support Ontario farmers, check out the following links:
The Environmental Farm Plan or EFP builds sustainability on Ontario and Canadian farms by farmers assessing their farms' environmental risks and changing practices to reduce or eliminate those risks. It began over 25 years ago in Ontario, led by farmer organizations working with governments, building consensus and changing social norms. EFP has now spread across Canada and evolved to fit each region’s needs. The evolution continues to meet changing demands. EFP may become the base for farms’ sustainability certification. An improved electronic version improves convenience and may appeal to younger generations. Listen to Paul Smith’s conversation with Andy Graham, Executive Director of Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association, and others reflecting on the history, evolution and future of the Environmental Farm Plan.
The Royal Agriculture Winter Fair happens in Toronto every November, and the FoodFarm Talk team visited this years' event to capture highlights from participants. Reflections from participating organisations including Farm and Food Care Ontario, Ontario Federation of Agriculture, Grain Farmers of Ontario, as well as individuals are presented in this episode. Participants reflects on the exciting activities witnessed through the 10-day event and what has been learned during the period, while emphasizing the rich culture and relevance of the fair.
Emily Duncan talks about the quality and safety of the food we eat with Dr. Maria Corradini of the Arrell Food Institute at the University of Guelph. Maria discusses her research in food processing and value addition. The discussion highlights the role of food processing in improving the quality, safety and life of food. It emphasizes the need for consumers to appreciate the central role of processing as food moves from farm to table.
On this episode, Cam takes a trip to Heartwood Farm & Cidery to catch up with some friends from the Ecological Farmers Association of Ontario (EFAO). Val Steinmann and Brent Preston are both farmers involved with EFAO's award-winning farmer-led research program, coordinated by Sarah Hargreaves. Together they talk about the importance of soil for their operations, how EFAO has supported them to discover innovative ways to improve soil, and the results of a recent soil health benchmarking study.
Give them a follow on social media: @EFAO2, @soilsarah, @heartwoodcidery
Stay up-to-date on the latest Soils at Guelph news: @SoilsAtGuelph
Abdul talks to Alan Abdul Kader (@fortybytwenty) , an undergraduate student in the Ontario Agricultural College, on a range of issues in today's agriculture. Alan traces his journey as a young high school student who fell in love with agriculture while working on friend's family farms. The values of farming, including the ability to care for nature and being outdoors are among the drivers in his journey. The episode emphasizes the positives agriculture has to offer and why it is important for farmers (and the industry in general) to be proactive in reaching out to the public.
World Food Day is October 16 and this year focuses on zero hunger and healthy diets. Emily Duncan and Abdul-Rahim Abdulai explore the themes and significance of World Food Day. They also interview a number of researchers at the University of Guelph on the significance of their research for food. #wfd #worldfoodday #zerohunger
How can we measure Farm Sustainability? Sustainable sourcing for the agri-food marketplace requires measurement and certification. What does this mean for Ontario farmers and consumers? Nick Betts of Sustainable Agriculture Initiative or SAI Platform and Andy Graham of Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association help us explore this topic. This show forms part of a new series on farm sustainability hosted by Paul Smith. #ontag #cdnag #food #ontagweek
Series host Cameron Ogilvie talks with Mel Luymes and Tori Waugh about the state of Ontario's agricultural soils and how the Ontario Soil Network, a farmer-to-farmer learning network, is improving soil health across the province.
Follow the Ontario Soil Network on twitter @SoilNetwork, and find them on the web at http://ontariosoil.net/
What is Farm Sustainability? Cutting through the "sustainababble". We explore farm #sustainability and #sustainable sourcing with Nick Betts of Sustainable Agriculture Initative or SAI Platform. Perspectives of the Food and Agriculture Organization, Canadian Roundtable on Sustainable Beef and Syngenta are also presented. This show forms part of a new series on farm sustainability hosted by Paul Smith. #ontag #cdnag #food
Abdul speaks with Rebecca Clayton of the Seed FoodHub ahead of the Carrot stock food and music festival this Saturday September 21 at the Everdale Farm. An encore presentation.
Today Emily Duncan discusses the #COFS19 Canada's Outdoor Farm Show with Sarah Marquis and Aidan O'Brien #Ontag #precisionag
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We're pleased to bring you this series on soil health in partnership with the @SoilsAtGuelph initiative. On this episode, series host and Outreach and Communications Coordinator Cameron Ogilvie chats Dr. Adam Gillespie to lay the groundwork for this series: What is soil? What makes for a healthy soil? And what is the state of our soils in Ontario?
Find out more on the Soils at Guelph initiative by visiting the following news articles:
A conversation with Josh Moran, honours agriculture student, hosts the Why and How Podcast where we look to answer big questions in agriculture, food, and the environment through casual conversations rooted in research. The Why & How is published by the Ontario Agricultural College of the University of Guelph.
The #EatThinkVote event brought together Guelph candidates in the federal election to talk about food issues. The Arrell Food Institute sponsored the event along with Food Secure Canada and The SEED, a project of the Guelph Community Health Centre .
We talk to Brent Preston of TheNewFarm on the values of organic farming, short supply chains, growing what people eat, building communities through farms and customers with shared value.
Emily interviews Natalie Vasilivetsky, University of Guelph campus sustainability coordinator, about Composting and the circular economy.
Farm sustainability will be the focus of a number of episodes this year. But what is farm sustainability? And what does it mean for farmers and consumers. Host Abdul discusses this with Paul Smith, who will be the guest host on farm sustainability issues. Paul worked in environment management for three decades including half of that on environmental sustainability for Ontario farms. Sustainability includes environmental, economic and social elements and so in complex to assess.
Some links on sustainable agriculture:
Abdul talks with Lenore Newman, who holds a Canada Research Chair in Food Security and Environment at the University of the Fraser Valley, where she is currently an Associate Professor of Geography and the Environment. She also serves as Director of the Food and Agriculture Institute.
Hear about a project where several Guelph graduate students worked with the Ecological Farmers Association of Ontario on Climate Change issues among their members. Victoria Lesy, Matt Orton, Abdul-Rahim Abdulai, Nicole Unterlander, Abigail Van Reisen from the Arrell Food Institute worked with the EFAO.
Abdul and Emily talk about with Jeanna Rex about Food from Thought research assistant program at the Arrell Food Institute
Emily Duncan talks about her research on Precision Agriculture in Ontario. From interviews with grain farmers, dairy farmers, and precision agriculture technology retailers she found potential social consequences of digital data-gathering technologies in agriculture.
Food Farm Talk a podcast and radio show about food and farming in Ontario, Canada and beyond. Based at CFRU at University of Guelph, we interview researchers, farmers, food activists, students, agronomists and many others. Food security, farm economics, food sustainability, food systems, and soil health are among the topics we explore.