Jan 14, 2021
The Innovators: Terramera is out to transform food production
Nick Rockel

Terramera has been playing the field lately. Founded by biologist, lawyer and former MLA Karn Manhas in 2010, the company changed the agriculture game with Actigate, a technology that can make plant-based active ingredients more effective than synthetic pesticides and...

Dec 20, 2020
What will it take for B.C. to grow more of its own food?
Nick Rockel

First, let’s get the scary-looking numbers out of the way. In the 2021 edition of Canada’s Food Price Report, the authors predict that the cost of food will rise 3 to 5 percent for Canadians next year. For a family that includes a man and a woman aged 31-50, a boy aged 14-18 and a girl aged nine to 13, that means annual food expenditure would increase by $695 at the high end, to $13,907. Of course, the pandemic looms large...

Nov 5, 2020
Vancouver startup banks on a niche: unbanked seasonal farm workers
Nick Rockel

In a world where many people do their banking quickly and conveniently online, Canada’s seasonal agricultural workers have been left behind. Those visiting labourers don’t just toil in the fields—sending money home to their families in Mexico and other countries...

Oct 29, 2020
Vast majority of Canadians believe B.C. has the best cannabis in the country: report
By the Editors

It’s not shocking that most Canadians believe B.C. bud reigns supreme in the country. But you might be surprised to learn that many of this province’s cannabis consumers don’t actually know where their stuff is from. In a recent survey produced by...

Oct 27, 2020
Ask a Leader: Oumar Barou Togola urges food producers to build resilience by shortening their supply chains
By the Editors

We asked prominent members of the B.C. business community what they’ve learned from the COVID-19 pandemic—and how this crisis will change everything from work to leadership. Oumar Barou Togola is founder and executive chair of Farafena, a Vancouver-based social enterprise that sells grain, flour and other food products grown by women farmers in the African nations of Mali and Malawi...

Oct 2, 2020
Best B.C. beers in swing ridings: Chilliwack has loads of promise on and off the ballot
Nathan Caddell

October is BC Craft Beer Month. There’s also an election coming up, if you haven’t heard. Because politics and beer actually mix very well, we’ll be analyzing the top three brews in ridings across the province up until the October 24...

Sep 15, 2020
11 B.C. beers win gold at 2020 Canadian Brewing Awards
By the Editors

While COVID-19 has wreaked havoc on this province’s restaurant industry, it hasn’t necessarily affected alcohol sales on the same level. And though things definitely aren’t “back to normal” for those in B.C.’s brewery business, many in that sector got some good...

Aug 26, 2020
B.C. 2.0.: Food production's problems just got worse with the pandemic
Nathan Caddell

In B.C., food production will probably be linked with the COVID-19 pandemic for years to come. That’s troubling for an industry that was already dealing with some negative public perception. But it’s also not the full story. Though the provincial...

Jun 11, 2020
30 Under 30: Jessica Luongo wines and dines clients with AmoVino Distributors
Nathan Caddell

Life Story: Some coincidences follow you around for much of your life. Like when you grow up in North Vancouver during the 2010s with a grandfather who runs a wine business called Burrows, Luongo & Associates and a dad who...

May 22, 2020
Opinion: COVID-19 has put Canadian farmers in the spotlight. How can we make the most of it?
Karn Manhas

One of the unexpected twists to come out of Canada’s battle against the COVID-19 pandemic is the heightened attention on an often-ignored sector of the economy: agriculture. As empty shelves at grocery stores prompt concerns about Canada’s food supply, farmers have become the subject of nightly news reports and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s nationally broadcast press conferences (not to mention tweets!). Meanwhile, independent growers are gearing up for a summer of record demand at farmers markets and selling out online while...

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