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Should GMO Foods be labeled?

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This week we are encouraging you to get your voices heard in regards to new legislation that’s currently being debated in the House of Commons.

Private Members Bill C-291 would make it mandatory to label genetically engineered foods (“GMO”) as genetically modified.

At issue here is not whether GMO foods are safe, but providing the information to you, the consumer, to make informed decisions. 100% Transparency is the foundation upon which The Healthy Butcher and RealFoodToronto.com have been built, so needless to say we are in favour of Bill C-291, and we hope you are as well.

The bill was first debated for an hour on March 10, 2017 in the House of Commons. The second hour of debate is scheduled for May 5, 2017.  Will your MP vote YES to Bill C-291?

The reality, from our meat-heavy perspective, is that the ultimate wording of the Bill won’t go far enough.  As proposed, the Bill is a shell with very little detail.  If it were to get to the next stage, the Committee stage, then the wording and details would, presumably, be hashed out.  But if the wording falls in line with other legislation internationally, animals that were fed GMO corn would not be labelled as such – totally unfortunate.  Nonetheless, Canada has nothing now.

Sixty-four other countries around the world require labelling of genetically modified foods, but not Canada – and that’s pitiful.  We hope you have your voices heard.

The CBAN website (http://cban.ca/take-action/label-gm-foods/) has all the information you need as well as steps you can take to be involved. This is an important step in food transparency.

 

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RealFoodToronto.com was recently featured as a PayPal business.

“Tara Longo and Mario Fiorucci created RealFoodToronto.com to offer Torontonians an easier way to buy quality, local produce and meat. They used PayPal Payments Pro to accept online payments on their ecommerce website; RealFoodToronto.com”

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Visit to Aqua Greens: The Future of Urban Agriculture

The Healthy Butcher and RealFoodToronto.com‘s team visits Aqua Greens Aquaponics; Toronto’s first fully sustainable, aquaponic facility. (http://www.aquagreens.ca)

Aquaponics is a food production system that combines conventional aquaculture (raising aquatic animals such as snails, fish, crayfish or prawns in tanks) with hydroponics (cultivating plants in water) in a symbiotic environment.


In normal aquaculture, excretions from the animals being raised can accumulate in the water, increasing toxicity. In an aquaponic system, water from an aquaculture system is fed to a hydroponic system where the by-products are broken down by nitrification bacteria into nitrates and nitrites, which are utilized by the plants as nutrients. The filtered water is then recirculated back to the aquaculture system. Continue reading

Gingerichs’ Organic Eggs

Originally written and published by Sarah for A Transparent Life Blog on March 12, 2012

Introduction

It’s amazing how little you know about the people you know.

RFT-ATL-Blog_img_3068Don and Sharon Gingerich were friends of my parents when I was a kid, and at times they were our babysitters, too. They live on the same side road as we did, a few country blocks away.

They are the parents of eight, grandparents of fifteen, and the proud caretakers of hundreds of “happy chickens,” as Sharon emphatically calls their flock.

I knew the Gingerichs produced and sold organic eggs, but what I only recently found out was just how rare their operation is, and how well they have established themselves in the organic foods community across Southwestern Ontario.

The Gingerichs have a small organic egg farm. Though you might have some concept of what that looks like, the reality might be more impressive than you imagine.

For starters, there are the regulations imposed on every egg farmer. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) stipulates that every egg sold in stores in Ontario must be graded according to federal standards at a facility authorized by the federal government. Official grading stations are often far from small egg farms, and transporting eggs is costly.

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