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Improving cow health thru biosecurity?

What, you may wonder, are the government folks up to now. What do they spend their money and time on, when they’re not looking into how to help aspiring raw milk farmers roll out product for a growing niche market? Well, this could be part of the answer. After all, why should airports and the Olympics get all of our security dollars. Obviously someone sees a market for security down on the farm. Here’s an excerpt from the story in today’s Toronto Star, by Joanna Smith, of the Star’s Ottawa Bureau:

Greg Cameri and Jenn McEachern of the Australian Animal Health Laboratory working at Biosecurity Level 4, the highest security available. Photo: CSIRO, from Sydney Morning Herald

“OTTAWA–The Canadian Food Inspection Agency hopes to persuade dairy farmers to adopt new standards to protect cows from disease by appealing to their bottom line.

That could mean showing consumers would be willing to pay more for yogurt or milk if it meant having more confidence in the health of the animal it came from. Continue reading

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Ontario Agriculture Minister to save the day for our organic turkey producers

Here’s one example of how public pressure — in response to a story last weekend in the Toronto Star — led to political action that makes sense and supports values consumers care about. Here’s an excerpt from today’s follow-up story on thestar.ca:

The Ontario farm family who are at the cente of the storm: Matthew Dick, his wife Janice, son Alex (6), and daughters Sarah (4) and Megan (3) at their Markdale organic turkey farm. Photo: ANDREW WALLACE/TORONTO STAR

The Ontario farm family who are at the cente of the storm: Matthew Dick, his wife Janice, son Alex (6), and daughters Sarah (4) and Megan (3) at their Markdale organic turkey farm. Photo: ANDREW WALLACE/TORONTO STAR

“There may be Ontario-raised organic turkey for Christmas after all.

In the wake of public outcry, protests from farmers and a Saturday Star article about their plight, Ontario’s minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs has stepped up efforts to protect organic turkey producers.

The office of Leona Dombrowsky said this week she was taking action to eradicate a Catch-22 that put Ontario organic turkey in jeopardy.

The Saturday Star story, part of the “Crisis on the Farm” series, pointed out that while Turkey Farmers of Ontario (TFO), the industry marketing board, tells growers they must confine turkeys indoors to reduce the transmission of avian influenza from wild birds, new national organic standards from the Canadian Food and Inspection Agency (CFIA) mandate raising organic birds outdoors. Continue reading

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