From Colin Anderson, on Sustain Ontario:
“…Agriculture policy in Manitoba has historically focused on large-scale export commodity production. However, the growing popular interest in local, sustainable food is prompting the province to take a second look at supporting local food systems to improve economy, health and food security.
The message coming from the grassroots is clear: farmers, fishers, processors and citizens are demanding a say in policy-making and have formed a coalition under the banner of FEAST (Farmers and Eaters Sharing the Table) to encourage the Province to support local sustainable food.
From Weighty Matters blog:
Everyone knows that Ritz crackers are an excellent source of nutritional grains. Well, everyone in Canada at least. Photo via the Weighty Matters blog.
“It’s quite possible that the single stupidest school lunch policy on the planet comes courtesy of a strange interpretation of the Manitoba Government’s Early Learning and Child Care lunch regulations (an earlier version of this article incorrectly pointed at the Manitoba Child Care Association as the source of the strangely interpreted policy).
Apparently if a child’s lunch is deemed “unbalanced“, where “balance” refers to ensuring that a lunch conforms to the proportions of food groups as laid out by Canada’s awful Food Guide, then that child’s lunch is “supplemented“, and their parent is fined.
Blog reader Kristen Bartkiw received just such a fine.
Kimberly Hartke has recently posted a fascinating story, titled “A Tale of Two Milks”, by Stanley A. Fishman, author of “Tender Grassfed Meat”, in which he writes about his Russian grandfather, who grew up as the only surviving child of a family raised on distillery-swill milk.
"Old world" dairying was not always so bucolic as it appears in this picture. Detail from Dutch painting
“….Grandfather was 14 when they reached Canada. They lived in a small town near Winnipeg, Manitoba. Grandfather did not go to school, but taught himself to speak English by watching Vaudeville shows and listening to people talk. He had no accent. He also learned to read and write English. He spent a lot of time at the library, reading and studying. After a couple of years, his mother became pregnant. Grandfather went to work for a local dairy farmer. By the time his sister was born, Grandfather had his own small dairy farm….” Continue reading
While other jurisdictions are known for their outlaw dairy farmers who insist on supplying people with raw milk, Manitoba, it seems, has “outlaw potato farmers”. What is the world coming to, when a farmer can’t even grow and sell something as basic as potatoes, of all things, without the sanction of some trade organization? And yet, perhaps this is just the micro-scale manifestation of governments giving their power away to the likes of GATT, NAFTA, WTO, and other trans-national unelected power brokers. So here’s a glimpse into the life of one Manitoba potato farmer who was turned into an outlaw by a change of marketing regulations in the middle of the growing season [what were they thinking?]. Thanks for this story to Crampton’s Market (in Winnipeg, Manitoba), and to Beverley and Lois (who told us about it) — “Bad News for Manitoba Potato Eaters…. and Growers“:
Once again, it's the little guy who gets shafted in this supply management "power play". Pic from Suderman Bros. Farms, one of Manitoba's big potato growers.
“We were supposed to receive 2 more deliveries of those beautiful small new crop potatoes this week. That was before Peak of the Market served my farmer with a cease and desist order. The farmer ignored the papers served to him at first. Then Peak of the Market lawyers showed up at his door with fines unless he stopped marketing his potato crop. This left him with the choice of harvesting the crop to give away to foodbanks, or to destroy the potato crop. The purported fine was for lot of money so my potato farmer destroyed some of his fields by tilling them up, and harvested the remainder of the crop, delivering it to a hutterite colony nearby.
So right you you are probably wondering what the FRICK is going on!! I’ll bet that you all thought that Peak of the Market supported small Manitoba farmers, that is what is implied in their TV commercials. Here’s the scoop. Continue reading