Local Food Production

great report online (CCPA-Manitoba) regarding next generation of farmers - please check it out

Submitted by DarylHepting on Wed, 2008-01-30 11:19

http://www.policyalternatives.ca/documents/Manitoba_Pubs/2008/Brooding_…

Brooding Over the Next Generation of Prairie Farmers: Making Space for Our Practical-Minded Youth
by David M. Neufeld
Published by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives

(thanks to Cathy Holtslander for sending me the link.)

 

Best regards,

Daryl

RCE Gathering on November 23 -- can we contemplate a meeting of our TAWG on local food?

Submitted by DarylHepting on Fri, 2007-11-16 15:57

HI;

Can we please discuss the possibility of getting together to meet as a group

sometime soon?  Those of us at the meeting next week can get together and 

make some plans - maybe tele/video conferencing is an option?

Best regards,

Daryl

Saskatchewan Organic Directorate: Food Miles Coordinator (contract position) - please spread the word

Submitted by DarylHepting on Mon, 2007-10-15 13:46

Please circulate to anyone who might be interested in this job

Employment Opportunity: SOD Food Miles Coordinator

The Saskatchewan Organic Directorate (SOD) is seeking a Project Coordinator for the Food Miles Campaign.

The Project Coordinator will be responsible for overseeing the implementation of the SOD Food Miles Campaign, according to the requirements of the funder, Saskatchewan Environment, under the direction of the SOD Food Miles Committee.

The Project consists of five components:

GLOBAL FOOD CRISIS EMERGING

Submitted by Glenn Sutter on Tue, 2007-05-15 15:22

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                             MAY 11, 2007 I thought there would be some interest in the following release - Glenn LOWEST FOOD SUPPLIES IN 50 OR 100 YEARS:GLOBAL FOOD CRISIS EMERGING SASKATOON, Sask.-Today, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) released its first projections of world grain supply and demand for the coming crop year: 2007/08.  USDA predicts supplies will plunge to a 53-day equivalent-their lowest level in the 47-year period for which data exists. "The USDA projects global grain supplies will drop to their lowest levels on record.  Further, it is likely that, outside of wartime, global grain supplies have not been this low in a century, perhaps longer," said NFU Director of Research Darrin Qualman.  Most important, 2007/08 will mark the seventh year out of the past eight in which global grain production has fallen short of demand.  This consistent shortfall has cut supplies in half-down from a 115-day supply in 1999/00 to the current level of 53 days.  "The world is consistently failing to produce as much grain as it uses," said Qualman.  He continued: "The current low supply levels are not the result of a transient weather event or an isolated production problem: low supplies are the result of a persistent drawdown trend."In addition to falling grain supplies, global fisheries are faltering.  Reports in respected journals Science and Nature state that 1/3 of ocean fisheries are in collapse, 2/3 will be in collapse by 2025, and our ocean fisheries may be virtually gone by 2048.  "Aquatic food systems are collapsing, and terrestrial food systems are under tremendous stress," said Qualman.Demand for food is rising rapidly.  There is a worldwide push to proliferate a North American-style meat-based diet based on intensive livestock production-turning feedgrains into meat in this way means exchanging 3 to 7 kilos of grain protein for one kilo of meat protein.  Population is rising-2.5 billion people will join the global population in the coming decades.  "Every six years, we're adding to the world the equivalent of a North American population.  We're trying to feed those extra people, feed a growing livestock herd, and now, feed our cars, all from a static farmland base.  No one should be surprised that food production can't keep up," said Qualman.  Qualman said that the converging problems of natural gas and fertilizer constraints, intensifying water shortages, climate change, farmland loss and degradation, population increases, the proliferation of livestock feeding, and an increasing push to divert food supplies into biofuels means that we are in the opening phase of an intensifying food shortage.  Qualman cautioned, however, that there are no easy fixes.  "If we try to do more of the same, if we try to produce, consume, and export more food while using more fertilizer, water, and chemicals, we will only intensify our problems.  Instead, we need to rethink our relation to food, farmers, production, processing, and distribution.  We need to create a system focused on feeding people and creating health.  We need to strengthen the food production systems around the world.  Diversity, resilience, and sustainability are key," concluded Qualman.For More Information:Darrin Qualman, Director of Research:                (306) 652-9465Stewart Wells, NFU President:                       (306) 773-6852

Take Action to Ban Terminator Seeds in Canada

Submitted by DarylHepting on Thu, 2007-05-03 11:42

Please circulate widely - La version française suit May 2, 2007: Take Action: BAN TERMINATOR SEEDS IN CANADA! WRITE TO YOUR MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT! Terminator seeds are genetically engineered to be sterile after first harvest to stop farmers from saving and re-using seed. Terminator has not yet been field tested or commercialized anywhere, but Monsanto recently bid to buy the company that owns the most advanced Terminator research in the world. Pressure is building for a ban on Terminator in Canada!

your chance to support a community supported farm (or CSA) - please act and spread the word

Submitted by DarylHepting on Sat, 2007-04-21 09:14

Keith Neu, from Hudson Bay, is working to operate a Community Supported Farm, but he still needssupport from the community: people need to buy shares.  If you are interested in healthy organic,locally-produced food and you are concerned about food security and sovereignty, please readthe following carefully and act if you are able.  Please also share this with other who you thinkmight be interested. THE TIME IS NOW. We really want this to work, but we need to have enough people to pay salaries and gas and seeds and chicks and ...

Climate Change Tied to Crop Losses, Increases in Pest Populations

Submitted by DarylHepting on Thu, 2007-03-29 14:16

http://www.beyondpesticides.org/dailynewsblog/?p=57
Beyond Pesticides, March 19, 2007) Stanford University and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory researchers are publishing a study saying that some of the world’s farms are yielding markedly fewer crops because of global warming, according to theSan Jose Mercury News. Meanwhile, providing further evidence that the pace of global warming is accelerating, scientists announced last week that this winter was the hottest on record - and that surface temperatures around the world have been increasing at three times the rate they were before 1976.

This warming most likely is costing the planet $5 billion annually in losses to three of the six major food crops, the Stanford and Lawrence Livermore researchers say. The study warns that wheat, corn and barley are especially affected, with 40 million fewer metric tons of the crops produced each year. For every 1 degree increase in temperature, the researchers say, crop yields drop by about 3 percent to 5 percent, and the decline is clearly caused by human activity.