Country 105

Country 105

Agriculture Report

Canadian Lentils Gold Standard

By Matt Villeneuve

Chef says not only does Canada produce more lentils than any other country, but they're regarded as a "gold standard."

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A chef says not only does Canada produce more lentils than any other country in the world, but they're regarded as a "gold standard'' by many who import them.

Michael Smith says he made the discovery while travelling to India, Morocco, the United Arab Emirates, Italy and France.

Smith travelled to those countries to film the webisodes "Lentil Hunter with Chef Michael Smith.''

Canada is the world's leading exporter of lentils, exporting a total value of 1.1 billion dollars in 2013.

Lentils are high in fibre and complex carbohydrates, while low in fat and calories, as well as budget-friendly.


There is a new safety series for pesticides.

It's called "Dress for Success" -- and it was created by the Canadian Agricultural Safety Association and Syngenta Canada.

Association Executive Director Marcel Hacault says it's vital that producers take the steps necessary to protect themselves and their workers from inadvertent pesticide exposure.

Haco says the series will help educate producers, farm workers and the general public about the importance of safe pesticide handling.

There is an instructional video and an educational brochure.


An event is being planned to help and honour thousands of migrant workers who travel to Niagara each year for work.

The workers from Mexico, Jamaica, Central America and the Caribbean come to Niagara each year to grow fruits and vegetables.

Hundreds of migrant workers will be at the Niagara-on-the-Lake Community Centre on June 1st to celebrate the beginning of a new growing season.


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