Country 105

Country 105

Agriculture Report

Rally for Migrant Workers


Demonstrators want better protection for migrant workers.


Demonstrators at a rally in Toronto have called for an inquiry into the crash that killed migrant workers near Stratford earlier this month.

Ten workers -- most of them from Peru -- died after their van went through a stop sign and was hit by a truck.

The truck driver was also killed.

The demonstrators marched from the chief coroner's office in downtown Toronto to the Ministry of Labour last week, demanding action to protect migrant farm workers' rights.

They also want to bring attention to the case of two Jamaican men who died in 2010 after being overcome by fumes from a vinegar vat while working at a Grey County farm near Ayton.


A government report says U-S beef and pork exports hit record highs last year because of stronger demand -- particularly in Asian countries.

The U-S Agriculture Department says beef exports totalled 2.79 billion pounds in 2011 -- that is up 21 per cent from 2010.

The total value was about 4.6 billion dollars, up 34 per cent.

Pork exports increased 23 per cent to 5.2 billion pounds -- with a total value of about 4.7 billion dollars -- that is up 33 per cent.


The owner of a beef jerky business in Alberta says new inspection rules are the reason he's being forced to close his doors.

For more than 30 years -- Longview Original Beef Jerky has been made in Foothills and sold across Canada and around the world.

But owner Peter Lawson says a small company like his can't afford the costs that go with daily inspections which became mandatory after the Maple Leafs Foods listeria outbreak in 2008.

The remaining product was quickly bought by locals and retailers on Saturday, and the company's warehouse is now empty.


One agronomist is scoffing at suggestions the world won't be able to feed its growing population.

Al Scholz told a weekend farm conference in Alberta that he expects to see yields double in countries that were part of the former Soviet Union.

Scholz suggests production in sub-Saharan Africa could triple, and that urban agriculture is also on the rise.



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