By Fadi Didi
Canada's next food guide might discourage the consumption of beef, butter and cheese.
Indications that Canada's next food guide will discourage the consumption of beef, butter and cheese has lobby groups for the meat and dairy sectors up in arms.
Earlier this year, Health Canada published guiding principles and recommendations, one of which promotes eating more protein-rich foods derived from plants.
Unlike previous revisions of the food guide, industry doesn't have an opportunity to meet one-on-one with Health Canada.
Instead, they must submit their comments with the rest of the general public by Monday.
The Canadian Pork Council says the rise in bacon prices over the past few years is mainly due to bacon being integrated into a number of foods where it might not normally be expected.
Gary Stordy with the council notes examples like bacon on doughnuts and bacon-flavoured ice cream.
Sylvain Charlebois, a food policy expert and dean of the Rowe School of Business at Dalhousie University, says inventories are also much lower than they used to be.
Charlebois says many producers left the business after the World Health Organization warned that eating bacon and other processed meats can increase the risk of cancer.
A real estate agent says tearing down old, unused buildings is essential when selling farm properties.
The spokesperson for Sutton Group Select Realty says farmers are also adding unneeded expenditures to their farms, such as new kitchens and garages, in the belief it will increase the value of their properties.
But he says this sometimes has the opposite effect, as potential buyers don't want to pay for new additions they have no intention of using.
The agent says one of the most useful investments farmers can make when selling is to clean up garbage, chemicals, or broken machinery which would be an eyesore for a buyer.
The president of the Agriculture Producers Association of Saskatchewan says the ground is so dry and deeply cracked on his farm, if he dropped a wrench down one of the crevasses he'd never find it.
Todd Lewis says canola in Saskatchewan taking the hardest hit because of the heat and might only yield half the crop of an average year.
Environment Canada figures show Regina had the driest July in 130 years with only 1-point-8 millimetres of rain last month.
It was the driest July ever recorded in Moose Jaw, which got 4-point-3 millimetres of rain in July.