The federal election is only three months away, and I think it's good to know where all the parties stand on mandatory labelling of genetically modified foods and ingredients.
The NDP have been clear about their position. NDP MP Murray Rankin, health critic for the opposition is very supportive of mandatory GMO labelling, so much so, that he introduced a motion (M-480) to label GMOs. Elizabeth May and the Green Party support Minister Rankin's motion. Both parties are committed to full transparency in food labelling.
The Conservatives have also been clear in their position, as they have consistently ignored consumer demand for GMO labelling during their term in office. After meeting with our Minister of Health, Rona Ambrose, and the follow up meeting with scientists from Health Canada, their position became even clearer -- they aren't interested in labelling GMOs!
In fact, our Minister of Agriculture, Jerry Ritz is clearly opposed to giving Canadians the Right to Know what's in our food. In the September 22, 2014 issue of The Hill Times Ritz said, "Mandatory GM labelling is an ill-informed, ideologically-driven proposal that would increase red-tape on businesses, decimate Canadian farmers, and drastically increase costs for Canadian consumers." It's funny, none of these problems occurred in the 60+ countries around the world that have mandatory GMO labelling. I wonder where Mr. Ritz gets his information from... Monsanto?
The reason - two articles and a comparison with U.S. President, Barack Obama:
1. Trudeau’s all ‘heart’ when it comes to economy by Maryam Shaw
2. Sappy line from Liberal leader doesn’t work in real world by Todd Mackay.
3. The comparison by Maryam Shaw - WHOSE LINE IS IT?
I had the pleasure of personally meeting Mr. Trudeau back in November 2009, at that time, a Liberal MP from Papineau, Quebec. The Canadian Ethnic Media Association, holds the Speaker Series of CEMA, to welcome lively exchange of ideas to foster ethno-cultural awareness and promote dialogue on identifying ways to bring different cultural groups together.
He was definitely charismatic, and spoke about his work, looking after the Multiculturalism and Youth portfolio in the Liberal caucus. He told CEMA members that Multiculturalism should be regarded as a collective set of values and hence become a tremendous strength in building a better life for us all. ‘There is truth in the phrase - the kindness of strangers’, he said.
Gwyneth Paltrow wants Congress to put a label on it—genetically modified food, that is.
The Academy Award winner and her mother, the actor Blythe Danner, went to Capitol Hill on Wednesday to lobby against the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015—better known to its opponents as the Denying Americans the Right to Know, or DARK, Act—which would prevent states from requiring GMO labels. The bill was passed by the House of Representatives in late July.
Paltrow, one of several celebrity supporters of the “Just Label It!” campaign, which is being mounted by a group of organic food companies working to defeat the bill in the Senate, voiced her concerns over buying genetically modified food without prior knowledge.
“Much the way I want to know if my food is farm-raised or wild or if my orange juice is fresh or from concentrate, I also believe I have the right, and we as Americans all have the right, to know what’s in our food,” she said at an event marking the delivery of a petition with 200,000 signatures asking President Obama to veto the bill.
A New Landmark in Toronto's First Neighbourhood: St. Lawrence Market.
füdi, a Canadian brand with freshly pre-made, globally inspired food entrées and spices is set to change the perception of pre-made entrees with its ingredients and labeling within Canada supermarkets and consumers. As of late 2014, füdi officially became available to the general public at major grocery stores across the Greater Toronto Area and will be expanding in additional markets within Ontario in Fall 2015.
The beauty of füdi is that with exception of the late availability of organic Ontario kale, their products are 95% Ontario sourced. The importance of locally grown organic produce is one of the many ways that separates füdi from its competitors within supermarket freezers.
"Only a generation ago, every meal started with a simple trip to the neighbourhood farmers' market and corner butcher," said Founder of füdi, Maurizio Racco. Adding that some of his fondest memories as a child were trips to the farmers' market with his family.
füdi products are cooked using an all-natural, preservative-free sous-vide cooking process. füdi prepares gourmet dishes that are cooked slowly to ensure a maximum amount of flavor as every ingredient is reflected in each bite. The result is a wholesome selection of international dishes perfected to appeal to the non-discriminating foodie in us all.
Racco further stated, "The importance of connecting to a more wholesome shopping experience in a fast-paced world made it an obvious alignment for füdi to partner with Southern Ontario's 'Baretta Farms' as the proud producer of organic meats that were grass-fed and raised without antibiotics."
Other füdi suppliers include Burnac as the exclusive supplier of organic Ontario baby kale, Malabar Superspice as the exclusive supplier of fair-trade spices from around the world and Ottawa Valley Grain Products for füdi pearl barley. (for further information on each supplier available)
The current entrées/SKUs available by füdi are: All entrees (370g) are retailed at $9.99 with the variety pack (1 of each) at $45.00 -Pollo Tandoori -Pollo Cajun -Pollo Alla Cacciatore -Pollo Jerk -Pollo Santa Fe The current spices/SKUs available by füdi are: All spices (100g) are retailed at $4.99 with the variety pack (1 of each) at $30.00 -Tandoori -Cajun -Cacciatore -Jerk -Santa Fe
BHIVE Social Labs loves building organic communities and understands the challenge first hand on what it takes to build one, something they call a Honey Hive. Hopefully by the end of the year, BHIVE will announce a uniquely innovative product that will be the "must have" for future digital publishers, something they tentatively call "A Honey HIVE or a Portal With An Audience".
Over the last 5 years, BHIVE has helped companies as large as a bank and as small as your local mom and pop shoppe to leverage the power of social media. Over the years, BHIVE has built an organic audience that stretches across North America which they have used for their clients. By the end of the year, or if everything goes as planned, BHIVE will be inviting a number of publishers to participate in this proposed Honey Hive Pilot Program. In short, BHIVE will enable publishers to deliver their content across a network, hence the term a Portal With An Audience aka A Honey Hive. Our own website, Mercado Magazine is actually a working Honey Hive. Nonetheless, BHIVE can't do this alone and will be seeking support from Magazines Canada and Canada Council for the Arts in the further development of this unique pilot program.
If you are interested in participating or would like to know more, please register at growyoursocialfootprint.com as we will be holding an information session over the next few months.Now onto even more exciting news: Arash Mohtashami-Maali, Head of the Canada Council for the Arts Writing and Publishing Section, is paying a special visit to Magazines Canada on July 9 and YOU are invited.
The Canada Council has announced a new funding model that will affect many of Magazines Canada's members. You have questions and Mr. Mohtashami-Maali has generously offered to pay us a "house call" to address them.
Because batteries are a drag.
University of Washington engineers have developed a surveillance camera powered not by batteries or wires, but by regular, ambient Wi-Fi signals. The camera draws enough power from nearby Wi-Fi hotspots to snap a picture every 35 minutes or so.
photo credit: CBC News
On its official website, the Canadian government informs its citizens that “there is no limit to the amount of money that you may legally take into or out of the United States.” Nonetheless, it adds, banking in the U.S. can be difficult for non-residents, so Canadians shouldn’t carry large amounts of cash.
May 4th, marked a sad day in Canadian politics. A day that future historians will mark as the date in which the entire landscape of our Canadian way of life changed in dramatic fashions. A date which should certainly be drawn upon by ALL Canadians when the time comes for our justice at the ballot box later this year.
The Conservative government’s anti-terrorism legislation has passed its final vote in the House of Commons, clearing the way for the bill to become law before Parliament rises for the summer.
Genetically modified organisms, more commonly called GMO’s, are foods that have been modified by chemicals and grown with chemicals.
Why isn't this on the news every night?
This is the movie the food industry doesn't want you to see. FED UP blows the lid off everything we thought we knew about food and weight loss, revealing a 30-year campaign by the food industry, aided by the U.S. government, to mislead and confuse the American public, resulting in one of the largest health epidemics in history. From Katie Couric, Laurie David (Oscar winning producer of AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH) and director Stephanie Soechtig, FED UP will change the way you eat forever.
In 2009, the total global electricity consumption was 20,279,640 GWh. The sun creates more energy than that in one hour. The tricky part is collecting that energy and converting it into useful electricity with solar panels. How much area would need to be covered with solar panels in order to capture enough energy to meet global demand? Actually, it’s not as much as you’d think.
The image above has three red boxes showing what area would need to be covered for Germany (De), Europe (EU-25), and the entire world.