Country 105

Country 105

Agriculture Report

Optimism in COOL Battle

By Manny Paiva

Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz says he sense a willingness to adjust the U-S policy.

Length: 1:06

The Country of Origin labelling debate continues between Canada and the U-S.

Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz has been in Washington this week -- and Ritz says he sense a willingness to adjust the U-S policy.

Ritz adds he's optimistic a trade war might be averted.

The dispute stems from mandatory meat-labelling rules for U.S beef, pork and chicken.

Proponents believe American consumers deserve to know where their meat was born, raised and slaughtered.

But it is costing Canadian producers millions of dollars.

Canada and Mexico have threatened tariffs on American goods -- including pork beef, wine and orange juice.


A U-S based organization has launched a food certification label to help consumers who want grass-fed meat products.

The group is the Animal Welfare Institute and the new label is called the Animal Welfare Approved Certified Grassfed.

The Institute says the label guarantees food products come from animals fed a 100 per cent grass and forage diet, raised outdoors on pasture or range for their entire lives.

AWI says the label also guarantees those animals have been managed according to the highest welfare and environmental standards in the U-S and Canada.


There's a First Nation in southern Alberta plans to grow its agricultural sector.

Blood Tribe band councillor Al Black Water says the project will provide the reserve with a much needed economic boost.

Currently 217 band members are employed by the farming initiative but that number is expected to grow.

Black Water says 42-hundred acres will be farmed this year and they hope to expand to more than 200-thousand acres in the future.


If you missed the news earlier this week -- Coke is coming out with premium milk that has more protein and less sugar than regular milk.

And it's betting people will pay twice as much for it.

The national rollout of Fairlife over the next several weeks marks Coca-Cola's entry into dairy as Americans continue turning away from soft drinks.

Fairlife is lactose free and has 50 per cent more protein, 30 per cent more calcium and 50 per cent less sugar than regular milk.



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