Today’s conservatives are not your Grandpa’s Tories: Co-ops, Credit Unions and Free Trade Policies

By Ellen Smirl On the Main Street in Morden Manitoba there are two gas stations: an Esso and a Co-op. During the busiest times of the week-after a hockey game, or on Sunday when the area’s many churches… Read More

The Bigger Picture on Food Safety Regulations

By Colin Anderson We all want healthy food for our neighbors, we all want to promote as many farms as possible growing that food and we want to inspire as many young people as possible and, how can… Read More

Fast Facts – Grain, Trains and Autocrats: farmers pay the price of dismantling the Wheat Board

By Dean Harder A banner 2013 crop year and some rail delays due to cold weather doesn’t account for all our grain transportation woes. Coordination of rail to ships is out of synch: a study by Quorum Corporation… Read More

The Two Faces of Government Policy Towards Local Food

By Colin Anderson Download PDF Small farm owners Pam and Clint Cavers were blindsided on August 28, 2013 when Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives (MAFRI) staff showed up to “seize and destroy” their locally produced and cured… Read More

The Stop and the Community Food Centre Model

Event: Launch of The Stop Meet Nick Saul at McNally Robinson Grant Park on Thursday, June 6, from 7:30 to 9:30 pm. The event is free, and will take place in the store’s Travel Alcove Space.  For more… Read More

Migrant Voices: Stories of Agricultural Migrant Workers in Manitoba

PDF version For a copy of the full report, click here. [Ed. note: Yesterday the Province of Manitoba announced that it would extend health coverage to seasonal agricultural workers.] by Jodi Read, Sarah Zell and Lynne Fernandez Each… Read More

Canadian pig industry: the need for change

PDF version by Olivier Berreville In Canada, large industrial operations designed to raise hundreds to thousands of pigs in confinement have largely replaced the small, mixed farms that dominated the landscape before the Second World War. These pig… Read More