TRULEAF GROWS IN BIBLE HILL . . . WAYNE DICKIESON NAMED RECIPIENT OF THE DAIRY IMPROVEMENT AWARD . . . FOREST INDUSTRY APPLAUDS STANDING COMMITTEE REPORT ON RENEWAL OF SECTOR . . . GENETICALLY MODIFIED SALMON: COMING TO A RIVER NEAR YOU? . . . U.S. TRANS FAT BAN CREATES OPPORTUNITIES FOR CANOLA . . .
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Maritime Fall Fair needs home
Source: The Chronicle Herald
The Maritime Fall Fair is homeless after a facility assessment of Trade Centre Ltd's Exhibition Park revealed $9 million in needed repairs.
Trade Centre spokeswoman Erin Esiyok-Prime said the winter was hard on Exhibition Park, a four-building complex on Prospect Road in Halifax designed for exhibitions, trade shows, public events, dinners and weddings. The facility requires significant investment in order to continue operating into the next winter,she said in an email. (read more)
TRULEAF GROWS IN BIBLE HILL
Source: The Chronicle Herald
A Nova Scotia agri-tech firm is at the doorstep of commercialization now that construction of its indoor multi-level growing operation is in full swing. Renovations began on a vacant school in the Perennia Innovation Park in Bible Hill about a month ago into what will be one of the largest vertical farms in North America, Gregg Curwen, president and CEO of TrueLeaf Sustainable Agriculture Ltd., said in an interview Tuesday. With the latest in LED technology, the company will grow row upon row of leafy greens using recirculate water, no pesticides or fertilizer run-off. (read more)
WAYNE DICKIESON NAMED RECIPIENT OF THE DAIRY IMPROVEMENT AWARD
Source: Island Farmer
Wayne Dickieson has been selected as the 2015 recipient of the Dairy Cattle Improvement Industry Distinction Award, in recognition of his many years of exceptional involvement in the Canadian dairy industry. (read more)
FOREST INDUSTRY APPLAUDS STANDING COMMITTEE REPORT ON RENEWAL OF SECTOR
Source: Pulp & Paper Canada
The Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) says the recommendations by the House of Commons Standing Committee on Natural Resources on transforming the forest sector will help the industry reach its goals for growth and innovation. “Canada is a world leader in forest sustainability and we want to leverage that advantage in the international marketplace,” says David Lindsay, president and CEO of FPAC. “We are pleased that the committee recognizes the importance of informing customers about our impressive environmental credentials.” (read more)
GENETICALLY MODIFIED SALMON: COMING TO A RIVER NEAR YOU?
While the debate over whether to label foods containing GMO ingredients plays out across the country, another engineered food has long been waiting to hit grocery stores: genetically modified salmon. Produced by Massachusetts-based biotech firm AquaBounty Technologies, the fish is an Atlantic salmon engineered to grow twice as fast as its conventional, farm-raised counterpart. But AquaBounty’s fish has been languishing in the regulatory process: The company has been trying to get the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to approve its salmon for sale for nearly 20 years. (read more)
U.S. TRANS FAT BAN CREATES OPPORTUNITIES FOR CANOLA
A move by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to ban artificial trans fats in processed foods within three years will create opportunities for Canada’s canola sector, especially high oleic varieties such as Nexera. Partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs), which are the primary source of artificial trans fat in processed foods, are not “generally recognized as safe” (GRAS) for use in human foods, the FDA said in its announcement Tuesday. (read more)
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