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Agriculture Report

Fake Farmers Markets


No fake farmers markets needed


Farmers Markets are booming across Ontario and one large grocery store chain has taken notice and is trying to cash in on that popularity.

Loblaws will be setting up farmers market displays in ther large stores.

However, Robert Chorney of Farmers Markets Ontario says what Loblaws is trying to do just won't work as you cant replicate the atmosphere of a real market in a large supermarket.

Chorney says even consumers know that Loblaws efforts to copy the farmers market idea just won't work.

In addition Chorney says this copy cat market being proposed by the giant grocery store chain wont give farmers an adequate return for their crops.

He says at the supermarket, farmers received about 10 to 20 per cent of the retail price charged for their produce where as at a legitimate farmers market their return is more in the range of 84 per cent.


A Halifax shopper has drawn an apology from a national food chain over an advertising campaign that marketed locally-grown produce.

Heather Pringle says she spotted plums and radishes from the U-S along with rows of peaches, plums and nectarines from Ontario, with the words Grown Close to Home and Atlantic Grown on the signs.

She sent the pictures to the Halifax Chronicle-Herald.

A spokesman for Loblaws in Brampton apologized in an email and says the signs were obviously placed in error.


Record-breaking high temperatures in parts of Manitoba last week allowed some farmers to begin harvesting, but recent rains have halted that.

On Friday, the province issued a flood warning for the Interlake region.

Brad Rasmussen, who grows wheat, canola, grass seed, flax and soy beans in Starbuck, says he began his harvest last week but is at a standstill now because of the recent downpours.

Keystone Agricultural Producers says farmers there have already taken a beating from the weather and are expecting their fields will yield less than half of what they normally produce.


A U-S federal judge has revoked the approval of genetically-altered sugar beets until regulators complete a more thorough review of how the crops affect organic food.

The ruling means sugar beet growers won't be able to plant the modified seeds after harvesting the biotechnology beets that are already in the ground.

Additional planting won't be allowed until the U-S Department of Agriculture submits an environmental impact statement.

The genetically-altered sugar beets provide about one-half of the U-S sugar supply and some farmers have warned there aren't enough conventional seeds to fill the void.



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