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E. B. Klassen
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Awareness vs Understanding
The BBC offers eight food numbers in sixty second s: (There's supposed to be an embedded video above, and the code's all there,so here's hoping...) Knowing the numbers are important, but understanding what's going on behind the numbers is more important. Th...
The BBC offers eight food numbers in sixty seconds: (There's supposed to be an embedded video above, and the code's all there,so here's hoping...) Knowing the numbers are important, but understanding what's going on behind ...
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Holographic System
Browsing the "environment" section of the Guardian online, I came across a couple of stories that interested me. One was from the incomparable Evan Fraser and Elisabeth Fraser, about whom the Guardian says: Evan Fraser holds the Canada research chair in Glo...
Browsing the "environment" section of the Guardian online, I came across a couple of stories that interested me. One was from the incomparable Evan Fraser and Elisabeth Fraser, about whom the Guardian says: Evan Fraser holds...
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Winter Breeds Thoughts of Spring
University of Victoria Campus Community Garden 25 Jan/14 It's raining here today--which is a good thing actually. We've been having a pretty mild winter this year, even while the rest of North America is experiencing winter. I find it interesting that every...
University of Victoria Campus Community Garden 25 Jan/14 It's raining here today--which is a good thing actually. We've been having a pretty mild winter this year, even while the rest of North America is experiencing winter. ...
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Dr. Ian MacPherson and the Co-op Movement
via wave design coop / Wikipedia This past Saturday, I attended the celebration of life for Dr. Ian MacPherson (above), and it was, by turns, hilarious, moving, and for me, a bit depressing. The room at the University of Victoria Faculty Club was standing r...
via wave design coop / Wikipedia This past Saturday, I attended the celebration of life for Dr. Ian MacPherson (above), and it was, by turns, hilarious, moving, and for me, a bit depressing. The room at the University of Vict...
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The Coming Crisis
About 30 percent of the major global cereal crops – rice, wheat and
corn – may have reached their maximum possible yields in farmers'
fields, according to University of Nebraska-Lincoln research published
this week in Nature Communications. These finding...
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Ancestral vs Industrial: Two Stories
via Mother Earth News This is "glass corn," a traditional, multi-coloured translucent variety, a picture of which made the rounds last year. Lovely, isn't it? Honestly, I wouldn't have a clue how to cook with it, but that doesn't make me covet it less. Moth...
via Mother Earth News This is "glass corn," a traditional, multi-coloured translucent variety, a picture of which made the rounds last year. Lovely, isn't it? Honestly, I wouldn't have a clue how to cook with it, but that doe...
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The Future Looks a Lot Like the Pasture
Over at WSJ , they're reporting on a new initiative to bring food from farmers to markets in New York city. From farms as far away as Vermont, with multiple stops along the way, the sail barge Ceres hauls product from small producers to the New Amsterdam Ma...
Over at WSJ, they're reporting on a new initiative to bring food from farmers to markets in New York city. From farms as far away as Vermont, with multiple stops along the way, the sail barge Ceres hauls product from small pr...
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Friday Food Security Link-straveganza
Oh, those GMOs. Nathaniel Johnson at Grist has been doing an in-depth series of reports on whether GMOs matter. It's a series that has raised more than a few hackles in the green world, particularly because he has come to the conclusion that spending our po...
Oh, those GMOs. Nathaniel Johnson at Grist has been doing an in-depth series of reports on whether GMOs matter. It's a series that has raised more than a few hackles in the green world, particularly because he has come to the...
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Canadian Food Inspection--Fail?
Via CBC.ca Back in November 2013, Canada's Auditor General raised some concern about Canada's food inspection regime. We had just come through some of the largest meat recalls in Canadian history, and considering that the focus of the Canadian food system i...
Via CBC.ca Back in November 2013, Canada's Auditor General raised some concern about Canada's food inspection regime. We had just come through some of the largest meat recalls in Canadian history, and considering that the foc...
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I wonder how the U.S. system ranks by their own testing criteria?
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Monday Multistory
Issues with urban agriculture are going to come increasingly to the fore as conditions worsen and people struggle to maintain their food supply through some very dark times. Over at AgWeek , they're running a story about some of the problems UA is facing in...
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Innovation Inside Tradition
via SciDevNet Take a look--these are all potatoes. Beyond the skin colour, some even have coloured flesh. There used to be hundreds of varieties of potatoes alone--now, worldwide, we depend on about 30 crops for the majority of our food. More science isn't ...
via SciDevNet Take a look--these are all potatoes. Beyond the skin colour, some even have coloured flesh. There used to be hundreds of varieties of potatoes alone--now, worldwide, we depend on about 30 crops for the majority ...
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Victoria, British Columbia
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Hitch-hiked across Canada in the mid-seventies, changing, in the process, from an Albertan into a Canadian. Entered post-secondary studies at Grant McEwan College in Edmonton, moving over to the U of Alberta a year later to read English Lit. Friends invited me out for a visit to Victoria, and a week later I had a job, place to live, and was enrolled at UVic. Married two years later, we had twins (a boy, a girl, and a vasectomy), moved back to Alberta where we ran an over-educated New Agriculture farm for fourteen years. After the kids moved out, moved back to Victoria where we discovered sea kayaking. Live quietly, trying to pursue a life of voluntary simplicity, although we occasionally fail to live up to our own ideals. Still married, 28 years later, to the same person--and quite happy about it.
Currently working on a book about Canadian food security issues.
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    2012
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