We need more women driving agri-food innovation

A new report shows women are much more adept at driving change and managing results in startups, yet they struggle to find funding

We need more women driving agri-food innovationA recent report on agri-tech startup funding provided some compelling numbers but it barely received attention. And when it comes to what it reveals about gender discrepancies, it deserves attention. More and more venture capital is being invested in the sector, which is great news. But these funds apparently aren’t serving all demographics equally. Some…

Not kosher: growing market segment faces questions

Kosher certification goes beyond just food safety or dietary regimes. Its symbolic and religious virtues are critical to the currency of this category

Not kosher: growing market segment faces questionsCanada’s largest kosher meat packer has had its licences suspended, according to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). This could spell trouble for consumers of kosher meat products and particularly the Jewish community. Ryding-Regency Meat Packers, a Toronto-based company, has been in operation since 1983. The company, which also operates under other names, had its…

Should food consumers get on the keto bandwagon?

A recent poll tells us that 26% of Canadians have either adopted the ketogenic diet, tried it or considered it in. But there are meany health questions

Should food consumers get on the keto bandwagon?Are you on the ketogenic diet? Apparently, many people are or have tried it in the last year or so. It may be the most popular dietary trend in North America right now. Over the last 12 months, the word ‘keto’ was the most googled food-related topic in the world, not just in Canada. The…

Hey vegans, it’s time to grow up

Vegan activists are wilfully interfering with the livelihoods of farmers and invading the social interactions of consumers celebrating food

Hey vegans, it’s time to grow upVegan groups are using billboards in the Atlantic region to denounce dairy farming practices and tell consumers that dairy is scary. Some of these ads show a young calf with a caption that says someone “took its mom, its milk, then its life.” The intention is to encourage people to switch to a plant-based diet.…

How to spark innovation and growth in Canada’s agri-food sector

Unless you intend to grow cannabis in a greenhouse, it’s close to impossible to get capital from investors. It’s time Canadian investors showed some patience

How to spark innovation and growth in Canada’s agri-food sectorAgri-food is seen by many investors as a good space to park their money for the first time in a very long while, at least in the United States. Now we need to find a way to spark the same interest in Canada. Uber, once hailed as the largest initial public offering (IPO) of the…

Can RBI reboot Roll Up the Rim and revive Tim Hortons?

RBI blames the Canadian dollar, franchising turnover issues and the weather. You can add environmental concerns to the pile

Can RBI reboot Roll Up the Rim and revive Tim Hortons?Restaurant Brands International’s (RBI) less-then-convincing results in the last quarter suggest the company’s turnaround isn’t working – at least not yet. Overall sales were up slightly but the drop in same-store sales of about 0.6 per cent caught many by surprise. For stores outside Canada, same-store sales dropped a whopping 2.6 per cent, compared to 0.4…

Could guaranteed income help to cope with automation?

The disappearance of many jobs over a short period could severely strain our social welfare models

Could guaranteed income help to cope with automation?The revolution of automation and artificial intelligence (AI) will be one of the most profound economic shifts of this century. It’s already well underway and public policy must meet the challenge. Populists on the left and right often blame free trade for North American job losses in manufacturing, though automation is actually the main culprit.…

Raise a glass of milk to Donald Trump

The U.S. president has helped Canadian consumers by forcing Canada to concede a portion of its dairy market

Raise a glass of milk to Donald TrumpBy Patrick Luciani and Owen Lippert Atlantic Institute for Market Studies If U.S. President Donald Trump is looking for friends, he won't find them in Canada, especially after dressing down Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for being “very dishonest” at the G7 meeting in Quebec earlier this year. That insult won't be soon forgotten. But unintentionally,…

Protein wars ramp up as Canadians slowly move away from meat

A new study indicates that 6.4 million Canadians have either adopted a meatless diet or are limiting the meat they eat

Protein wars ramp up as Canadians slowly move away from meatWorld Vegan Day falls on Nov. 1 so it seems like an appropriate time to note that Canadians are eating less meat. Beef consumption is down by 16 per cent or 94 million kilograms a year compared to 2010. And since 32.2 per cent of Canadians are thinking of reducing their meat consumption within the…

The benefits of being an unlicensed medical doctor

An unlicensed doctor is free of the burden of bureaucratic make work, and can instead spend more time with a patient and keep up with medical research

The benefits of being an unlicensed medical doctorI’m now an unleashed doctor! Since I retired from a busy family medicine practice, I discovered the benefits of having an MD degree and no licence to practice. Universities confer the academic degree MD (medical doctor) on students who complete a particular set of studies. The degree is worth less than it appears, because the…