Category Archives: Saving the Small Farm

97% of farms worldwide are smaller than 25 acres in size.

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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Wordless Wednesday: Fired for Speaking the Truth con’d !

“I wish there was more profit in farming,” one farmer says. “There is,” the other replies. “In year 2015 the C.E.O.s of Monsanto, DuPont Pioneer and John Deere combined made more money than 2,129 Iowa farmers.” (article here)

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My Oasis in an Ocean of Field Crops

Where’s the food? or even the beef?! I rent a couple of acres surrounded by acres and acres of corn, soya beans and grains. These are very successful farmers, but where is the food if I should not be able … Continue reading

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Is Ag3.0 about the Small Family Farm?

Today, I received Olivier De Schutter’s final report to the UN Human Rights Council after his six-year term as Special Rapporteur. Throughout his term, he has been calling for the world’s food systems “to be radically and democratically redesigned”, primarily … Continue reading

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Malta- a Mediterranean Introduction

Malta is my introduction to Mediterranean culture. I am interested in the popularity and health benefits of the Mediterranean diet, as an example of what terroir or identity of place can offer society, from a pride of growing to consuming … Continue reading

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Well-being Before Material Growth

Traditionally, we have measured social progress, or standard of living, as the amount of economic growth based on various indices (such as the GDP or gross domestic product, a measure of the gross domestic income per capita), however with more … Continue reading

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