“Fair Trade appeals to our sense of fairness and common decency, and applies those values to the marketplace.” Fair trade seeks to change the terms for the products we buy, ensuring the farmers get a … Continue reading Why buy Fair Trade produce?
This summer, you’ll once again see the Kootenay Mountain Grown (KMG) label on some of our produce. This special designation belongs to the certifying arm of a unique and exciting local agricultural organisation called the … Continue reading Q & A with the Kootenay Local Agricultural Society
How regulation affects the local meat supply. A number of changes by CFIA regarding meat processing in 2004 put many small producers and processors out of business. In 2010, these restrictions were somewhat relaxed, allowing … Continue reading The Meat of the Matter
Finding truly local food just got easier! In May 2013, the Canadian Food Inspection Agencies announced a new interim definition of the word “Local.” http://inspection.gc.ca/food/labelling/other-requirements/claims-and-statements/local-food-claims/eng/1368135927256/1368136146333 The CFIA’s new ‘interim definition’ of local includes anything sourced … Continue reading True Local Food
The World Health Organization (WHO) defines three facets of food security: Food availability: having available sufficient quantities of food on a consistent basis. Food access: having sufficient resources, both economic and physical, to obtain appropriate … Continue reading What is Food Security anyway?
1. Choose Certified Organic! Purchasing Certified Organic foods is the best way to avoid GMO contamination. Animal products (Meat, Dairy and Eggs) are just as important to source organically as this is your assurance the … Continue reading How to avoid GMOs in your food
The Kootenay Co-op takes the issue of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) very seriously. The following statement is an excerpt from our current Buying Guidelines and explains our position on GMOs. Kootenay Co-op’s GMO Statement We … Continue reading Genetically Modified Foods & Products
Sugar & Fair Trade Most imported sugar cane is grown by impoverished farmers in Central and South America, and Africa who are subject to a declining world market price, environmental degradation (regular herbicides and pesticide … Continue reading Sugar & Fair Trade
Sugar Information Of all the five primary tastes- salty, sweet, sour, pungent and bitter- sweetness is often said to be the most popular. According to ancient Chinese philosophy it is the ‘mother’ of all the … Continue reading Sugar & Nutrition
Imagine that you might, someday, want to farm for a living. Or imagine your kids might want to farm, or your grandkids. All over the world such dreams become harder and harder to achieve as … Continue reading An Open Letter about the ALR from Corky Evans