The Gleaner Newsletter

The Gleaner is a weekly newsletter that includes a homegrown story, the top 10 food security media news stories of the week, and a featured resource.

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Homegrown Story

Smoked Salmon - Indigenous Food Conference

Indigenous Food Conferences reconnect food, land and culture of Vancouver Island

This powerful annual conference about Indigenous food has built relationships between generations and between communities across Vancouver Island.

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Media Headlines

Agriculture plan proceeds in North Okanagan

The Regional District of North Okanagan’s draft agricultural area plan will be submitted to local municipalities, First Nations, farmers and senior government for comment. Source: The Morning Star | Date: May 10, 2015

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New USDA survey reveals alarming increase in honeybee mortality rate

As the Ontario government moves to restrict the use of an agricultural pesticide some blame for pollinator insect deaths, a new report from the U.S. government says the honeybee mortality rate soared to 42 per cent in the past year. Source: Globe and Mail | Date: May 13, 2015

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U.K. company cultivates controversy in B.C. Interior

The plans of a global conglomerate to offset carbon emissions by planting trees on thousands of hectares of British Columbia agricultural land is courting conflict and unintended consequences, critics warn. Source: Vancouver Sun | Date: May 12, 2015

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Contaminated fish protest at B.C. legislature (article + video)

Willson and members of the McLeod Lake Indian Band, located in northeastern British Columbia, arrived at the legislature in Victoria with more than 90 kilograms of Bull trout packed in two coolers. A recent study by the band that concluded 98 per cent of their fish samples contain mercury levels above provincial guidelines. Source: Global News | Date: May 11, 2015

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USDA develops new label for GMO-free products

The Agriculture Department has developed a new government certification and labeling for foods that are free of genetically modified ingredients. USDA's move comes as some consumer groups push for mandatory labeling of the genetically modified organisms, or GMOs. Source: CTV News | Date: May 14, 2015

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Londoners want fresh produce and new stores are moving in to provide it

While big-box grocers duke it out for the dollar-counting consumer, London suddenly finds itself with a heaping helping of farm markets chasing foodies willing to spend more. Source: The London Free Press | Date: May 12, 2015

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Northlands opens urban farm to public tours

Northlands, Alberta is getting back to its agricultural roots. Northlands Community Service Organization operates a 31,200-square-foot farm on three vacant lots in the southwest corner of its spread at 113th Avenue and 79th Street. Source: The Edmonton Journal | Date: May 12, 2015

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Poverty linked to future high health-care costs

People living in poverty are more likely to place a high burden on the health-care system but addressing the inequity could prevent both medical complications and health expenditures, Canadian doctors and public health experts say. Source: CBC News | Date: May 8, 2015

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Hamilton’s school food programs feed body and soul

The program, one of many healthy food programs at schools across the city, is proving an age-old point: food brings people together; and feeding others builds community. Source: The Hamilton Spectator | Date: May 13, 2015

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Featured Resources

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