Mmmm Good, healthy and delicious food grow in Ontario!

Please choose locally grown food in your neighbourhood markets to support our fantastic farmers in Ontario, Canada.

Ontario family farms can count on my support to buy their fresh produce.

Also, Ontario farmers can rely on the Ontario Government to provide stable financial support to weather price fluctuations during unpredictable times due to weather and global market changes.

Today is a historic day for Ontario’s family farms as the government announces and implements the New Risk Management Programs as the biggest policy change in 30 years.

The features of the New Risk Management Programs include:

  • Bankability, stability and predictability while responding to market trends over the long term.
  • To help grain and oilseed farmers manage costs, the government is extending the current pilot Risk Management Program, and will be making the risk management program for grain and oilseed farmers permanent.
  • A new Risk Management Program will be set up for cattle, hog, sheep and veal farmers.
  • A Self-Directed Risk Management Program for the edible horticulture sector.
  • The cost of these programs will be shared between the Ontario government and farmers. Ontario strongly encourages the federal government to partner with the province and farmers in these important programs.
  • Since 2003–04, farm income stabilization programs totalling more than $1.9 billion have helped farmers deal with bad weather, volatile prices and rising costs.
  • The government continues to promote Ontario foods through such initiatives as Foodland Ontario.
  • Ontario’s agri-food sector is one of the province’s leading industries, contributing more than $33 billion annually to the economy.

In recognition of the innovations developed by farmers, agri-food businesses and organizations, awards of the Agri-Food Innovation Excellence program are presented to 55 winners each year.

The two top awards for Agri-food Innovation Excellence are a Premier’s Award and a Minister’s Award.

The Premier’s Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence has attracted more than 900 applications highlighting on-farm innovations since 2006.

Congratulations to the following farmers who  received today the top two awards:

  • Paul and Rosie Hill of Willowgrove Hill received the Premier’s Award for producing DHA Omega-3 enriched pork.
    • They are the first pork producers in North America to do this.These are considered essential nutrients for the maintenance of general human health, normal growth and development.
    • The pork is also enhanced with organic selenium, an antioxidant considered an essential trace element in the human diet.
    • In just two years, Willowgrove Hill has seen their nutritionally enhanced pork products jump from two to 90 per cent of their total sales.
  • Arie and Lisa Duizer of Duizer Farms received the Minister’s Award for the innovative design of their robotic dairy barn.
    • It enables a single producer to manage a milking herd of up to 120 cows.
    • The investment has paid dividends in labour savings and improved herd health.
    • More than 1,000 dairy producers from around the world have come to visit this innovative barn.
Good Things Grow in Ontario's Family Farms With Improved Protection and Support

Good Things Grow in Ontario's Family Farms With Improved Protection and Support

Fifty-five other winners will be awarded for their work at regional ceremonies later this spring.

Please click here to try new recipes using Ontario food.

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Wanted: Winning Recipes for the Competitive Reality TV Series Recipe to Riches

Wanted: Winning Recipes for the Competitive Reality TV Series Recipe to Riches

Is Your Recipe Worth $250,000?

Presented by
Temple Street Productions

Date: February 26, 2011
Time: 08:00 AM to 05:00 PM

Price range: Free

FREE

Food Network Canada is on the hunt to find the best recipe in Canada for their new TV series ‘Recipe to Riches’. Come on down and present your favorite original recipe to our panel of professional judges for a chance to compete for $250,000 and have your recipe turned into a President’s Choice food item. Register online at www.recipetoriches.ca.

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Oprah and Michelle, Cedar Rapids, IA
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Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM)

PCRM Online, February 2011

News and Media Release
Feb 2, 2011

Oprah Winfrey and Dietary Guidelines Highlight Benefits of Vegan Diet

Yesterday, millions watched Oprah Winfrey and her staff explain the health benefits they experienced during her “vegan challenge.” Earlier this week, the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans set a precedent for federal nutrition policy by acknowledging the benefits of vegan diets.

“Live your best life.” It’s one of Oprah’s mottos. It’s also what she and 378 of her staffers recently did when they went vegan for one week. Three hundred of the staffers who successfully completed the one-week challenge collectively lost 444 pounds. A video editor for the program lost 11 pounds and said that by the third day he felt better than he had in 10 years.

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New Dietary Guidelines to Help Americans Reduce Obesity, Heart Disease and Overall Mortality

New Dietary Guidelines to Help Americans Reduce Obesity, Heart Disease and Overall Mortality

US Department of Agriculture (USDA)

Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

USDA and HHS Announce New Dietary Guidelines to Help Americans Make Healthier Food Choices and Confront Obesity Epidemic

WASHINGTON, Jan. 31, 2011 — Agriculture Secretary TomVilsack and Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Kathleen Sebelius today announced the release of the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, the federal government’s evidence-based nutritional guidance to promote health, reduce the risk of chronic diseases, and reduce the prevalence of overweight and obesity through improved nutrition and physical activity.

Because more than one-third of children and more than two-thirds of adults in the United States are overweight or obese, the 7th edition of Dietary Guidelines for Americans places stronger emphasis on reducing calorie consumption and increasing physical activity.

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Tortillas: Important Ingredients of Quickie Quesadillas

Tortillas: Important Ingredients of Quickie Quesadillas

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During any big game, such as the NHL (National Hockey League) game or the NFL (National Football League) game, you need a healthful snack to munch on.

Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM)  gives us a great recipe  “Quickie Quesadillas” which makes an absolutely delicious meal or snack.

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Saffron: Important Ingredient in Vegetable Paella

Saffron: Important Ingredient in Vegetable Paella

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Vegetable Paella is a great recipe from the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM).

The PCRM recipe to make Vegetable Paella appeals to everyone who is a vegan, vegetarian and/or just passionate about brown rice.

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Red/Purple Beets

Red/Purple Beets

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If you love beets for their beautiful characteristics such as sensational sweet flavour and lively colours, then here is a great recipe from Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM).

Beets pair beautifully with citrus, and this salad is a delicious example. Surprisingly, beets’ beauty shows up in a variety of colors—not only several shades of red and purple, but also pink, yellow, and even white!

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