Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Manitoba potato farming and a bit more about GMO labelling

I've split myself into two blogs - I wanted to see if I could prune some of my more garden-specific thoughts into my Random Garden blog - but then there's farming which has to do with food and also growing things, so it's going to be a little difficult to know what to post where for a while here.

I happened upon a story about Manitoba potato farmers that I wanted to share; it's coverage of a new film that looks interesting:

Food sovereignty and the fate of the family farm are big issues for all of us who eat. I also recommend farmer Jonathan Wright's ground-up account of what it's like to try to farm sustainably in Alberta; part one, part two, and part three. And a visit to their farm here.

I read that Whole Foods is now planning to take on non-GMO labelling. Well, I guess had the recession not slowed its growth it might have reached the size of a small country so perhaps it makes sense that this should be where the initiative comes from, if governments won't do it. Whatever else, it will certainly give the chain an enviable marketing edge in North America.


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