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Is Local Food “Making It” in Ontario?

The signs are not good. Two really great local food places have closed down in Wellington County this year. They were big players when I helped with the launch of the region’s taste~real local food brand in 2011. Over and … Continue reading

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Sacred Life, Sacred Seed and Agriculture 3.0

Some writers are using the term ‘Agriculture 3.0’ (which refers to a future agriculture), to represent different versions of industrial agriculture (agriculture 2.0). Its use is already falling into the same problem that ‘sustainability’ fell into (see blog post). The … Continue reading

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Publication of my Nuffield Study Report

Executive Summary Agriculture 3.0: a New Paradigm for Agriculture Study Topic: As a 2013 Nuffield Scholar, Gayl is seeking to redefine what it really means to be sustainable in food and farming, by asking: ‘If Agriculture 1.0 is subsistence farming … Continue reading

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Food and Farming in Transylvania

I am busy writing up my study report for my Nuffield Scholarship. I have shut the world out and am allowing myself time to reminisce, as well as process far too many ideas. Transylvania was such a wonderful and mind … Continue reading

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Is Ag3.0 about Self-Sufficiency?

A couple of weeks ago, and on the same day, I had 2 emails in my inbox about the drought in California and what this means to Canada, so dependent on California for fresh fruits and vegetables. In my presentations … Continue reading

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Is Cuban Agriculture a Model for Ag3.0?

Until 1989, Cuban agriculture was similar to what we would have seen in North America; modern equipment, monoculture and dependence on inputs. Cuba depended highly on an international market, with a good trade agreement for their sugar with Russia and … Continue reading

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Defining Local in Ontario

Here we are debating the definition of local food in Ontario and for Canada. Meanwhile, we trust that food in our grocery stores is good for us, but this is not always the case. Shouldn’t that be more of the … Continue reading

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