Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Monday, January 4, 2010

Harvest Moon Food

Harvest Moon Local Food Initiative has been launched!
You can find more information on the website (www.harvestmoon.ca) about the farmers, food, and deliveries to Winnipeg.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Better than Nature?

By David Suzuki and Faisal Moola
Source: The Mark

In gearing up for the 2010 release of its super-genetically modified corn called "SmartStax," agricultural-biotechnology giant Monsanto is using an advertising slogan that asks, "Wouldn't it be better?" But can we do better than nature, which has taken millennia to develop the plants we use for food?
Read the rest of the article here: http://www.themarknews.com/articles/507-better-than-nature

A Return to Real Food

A Return to Real Food
By Alexandra Morton
Source: The Mark

As I stand behind a young mother at the market checkout counter, the biologist in me wonders if my species no longer recognizes food. Item after item bears no resemblance to any food item that our species evolved to consume. Even the apples in the plastic bag were too toxic for any insect to touch. This would be like watching a mother bear trying to feed her cubs rocks and empty shells. I would not give that bear's lineage high potential for survival. I look sadly at the mother, who without a doubt is trying her best to please and feed her children. She is just too distant from her roots as a living creature on planet earth to recognize what real food looks like. Read the rest of the article here:

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Fair Trade Challenge starts February 12!

Fair Trade Manitoba is hosting another one month challenge starting on February 12. Check out their website for more information. There are a lot of non-local items that we like to include in our diets, including coffee, tea, chocolate, spices, rice, and bananas. Many of these are available from people who get paid a fair wage. Check Fair Trade Manitoba's consumer guide to help find fair trade products in your locale.
I previously posted about finding more fair trade items (spices and rice) here.

Monday, February 9, 2009

What's new in 2009?

While we aren't running any official challenges lately, 100 Mile Manitoba members are still actively eating local!

Here is a summary of things that some of our members are doing.
Various members continue to give presentations on the 100 Mile Diet to various groups.
While the 100 Mile Food Guide hasn't been updated in a while, more entries continue to be collected and updates will be done when members have time!
More workshops will be conducted in 2009 on canning and making a solar food dryer. We are also looking into other possibilities like building your own cold frames, breadmaking, and baking with honey. If you have any ideas for workshops you would like to see, add them to the comments here.

If you want to be on the 100 Mile Manitoba mailing list or want to be more involved in the group, contact us at 100milemanitoba@gmail.com.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Manitoba Made?

Have you seen the "Manitoba Made" signs around stores lately? This program is supported by the Manitoba Food Processors Association and their website includes a list of Manitoba Made Brands.

While it is great to support local business, I do want to make a specific note regarding these products: they are processed in Manitoba and many of them do not use ingredients from Manitoba.
Coffee can be roasted in Manitoba, but the coffee beans were not grown in the province, and perhaps we are all aware of that. But baked goods with flour, or tofu with soybeans, while processed in Manitoba, are not necessarily made with wheat or soybeans that were grown in Manitoba. When you support these companies, ask for more information and request that they use ingredients from this province! There are also many smaller farmers and processors deserving of your support as well (who have not paid the MFPA to join the organization) - be critical with your shopping cart.

Happy Eating!