Ensuring organic integrity for organic meat products from farm to plate
Until very recently, organic meat was only really available in the refrigerated meat section of the grocery store. There’s a reason for that. Creating ready-to-eat products for the everyday shopper that include organic meat as an ingredient is more complex than you may think. For Yorkshire Valley Farms, a leading Canadian organic poultry producer, raising organic poultry and bringing it to market are as much a labour of love as a business enterprise. “A lot of people don’t understand the many layers and complexities of the organic system and all the things that need to be done to maintain its integrity,” says Krysten Cooper, director of Corporate Strategy and Sustainability. “The organic chain of command is meticulously managed at all steps.”
Fall signals the beginning of the harvest season for farmers across Canada in a year that has been unpredictable and challenging for many producers and businesses in light of trade tariffs and tough NAFTA negotiations. Yet this fall also marks the beginning of a new chapter with the government’s forthcoming announcement of Canada’s first national food policy.
Encouraged by qualitative research that shows art may be one of the ways to engage people living with dementia, the University of British Columbia (UBC) and the University of Washington (UW) in Seattle are partnering in a study to explore ways to integrate this new knowledge into large care systems.
Long and sunny summer days tend to promise opportunities for leisure and play. Yet when it comes to sun protection, people can be too relaxed. Many only pack the sunscreen on days when they’re heading to the beach. And once they have a tan, 60 per cent say they are not as diligent about sunscreen or forgo it entirely.
The Baffin Island settlement of Pangnirtung, 50 km south of the Arctic Circle, has its own superhero – Marvel Comics’ Amka Aliyak, a.k.a. Snowguard – but the Nunavut community’s real champions are members of the Inuit Ilagiit Society (IIS), a service organization serving the 1,500 residents.
Canadians are more confident than ever in the country’s charitable sector and demonstrated their support with a significant increase last year in the number of people making donations, according to the 2018 What Canadian Donors Want Survey.