Category Archives: Food economics

McDonald’s closing all restaurants in Bolivia

McDonald’s is closing all restaurants in Bolivia as the nation rejects fast food. It seems Bolivians were concerned about how the food was prepared, and what was in it. I still think many people in many countries are stuck on … Continue reading

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13 must-read books on food

I’m honoured to have my book on @Food_Tank’s list of 13 must-read books on food. Here’s their whole list: 1.    Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation by Michael Pollan Michael Pollan takes back the “single most important thing [to] … Continue reading

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Unapproved GMO Monsanto wheat goes rogue

Unapproved GMO Monsanto wheat goes rogue in Oregon, prompting a lawsuit in Kansas. This USA Today story describes the implications for US trade with Europe and Asia: No genetically engineered wheat has been approved for U.S. farming. Many countries will … Continue reading

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Canada’s only farm-centred subdivision.

One of the more promising ways to put agriculture and food security on a more sustainable economic footing is using the proceeds of housing developments. When I researched this topic for my book (see chapter on “farming as the new … Continue reading

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High density high tech urban ag coming on strong

High density high tech urban ag is a growing solution to the problems of accessing fresh food year-round, with minimal water and waste. Think 5-mile diet.

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Responsible investment conference looks at food

I’ll be moderating a panel on investing in food at the Canadian Responsible Investment Conference June 17-19 in Vancouver. #sioconf2013. I hope to see you there. I’ll be on Tuesday morning: Environment: Food Sustainability This session will explore some key … Continue reading

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Frank Guistra investing in high yield farmland

Mining and film financier and Bill Clinton buddy Frank Guistra is investing in high yield farmland, local food, award-winning olive oil and is bankrolling Modern Farmer Magazine… He knows something.  He has also put money into Vancouver’s Sole Food Farm. Serious, … Continue reading

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Farmers growing food for transport, not taste

Farmers are growing food for transport, not taste, so people are choosing processed food and succumbing to chronic diseases. An excerpt from this article about a fund called FoodDirect explains: FreshDirect co-founder and food sourcing expert David McInerney travels the … Continue reading

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Is urban food production ever economically sustainable?

Find out at my new talk on the economic sustainability of local at the Stone Soup Festival 3 pm May 11 at Britannia Community Centre on Commercial Drive. I’ll be looking at rooftop growing, new market niches for entrepreneurs, vertical … Continue reading

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