Canadian Horticultural Council
Federal officials are considering applying the idea to other commodities
Ontario fruit and vegetable growers who have their farms certified this fall as part of the Canadian Horticultural Council’s on-farm food safety program will likely be doing it in response to requests from their export customers, says Heather Gale, CHC food safety coordinator.
Interest in using potatoes to stave off world hunger may be growing but those involved in Canadian production say the trend isn’t really having an impact on our domestic industry. “Our growers are not looking towards export,” says Don Brubacher, general manager of the Ontario Potato Board.
“Manitoba has done the right thing,” stated Wayne Hanley, national president of UFCW Canada (United Food and Commercial Workers) in a news release following a late January announcement that Manitoba is changing its labour code to give farm workers several new rights such as a day off, work breaks, vacations and the right to a minimum wage. The changes take effect June 30.