Oct 22, 2021
The next Uber or Tesla? Pitt Meadows’ CubicFarms has a field of dreams
By the Editors

The future of farming is everywhere in a massive Pitt Meadows airplane hangar, both literally and figuratively, with the phrase projected onto walls in bright green font. But CubicFarms Amplified walks the talk, too, with a video presentation featuring various experts in...

Aug 26, 2021
Vancouver’s Bettermoo(d) is fighting for a dairy-free future, one product at a time
Nathan Caddell

Across North America, sales of dairy milk have been declining for some time. That’s not a surprise to anyone who’s been in a grocery store lately and seen the numerous options for almond and oat milk occupying shelves. Vancouver-based Bettermoo(d) has...

Jun 25, 2021
To put it bluntly, B.C.'s cannabis industry is reaching great heights: report
Saphiya Zerrouk

Since its legalization in Canada in October of 2018, sales of cannabis by THC weight have steadily increased in B.C. year over year. A recent report conducted by the Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research (CISUR) at UVic looked at sales...

May 14, 2021
B.C. startup helps small farmers and big food brands tackle climate change
Nick Rockel

As B.C. struggles to save its forests, a local startup is helping other countries to regrow theirs. Its reforestation efforts with farmers around the world have caught the eye of major food brands—and won support from Google. In April, from among...

May 11, 2021
In a bid to keep a vital B.C. industry growing, Young Agrarians matches would-be farmers with vacant land
Ryan Stuart

When Sarah Wilson was a kid in Rivers Inlet, the only thing her mom could grow was moss. Mountains and ocean squeeze the remote Central Coast community, where rain falls by the foot, the sun rarely appears, the soil is...

Mar 20, 2021
By helping others feed themselves, Frank Giustra aims to grow a movement
Nick Rockel

Frank Giustra knows a thing or two about gardening. “I grew up as a son of immigrant Italian parents who came to Canada with not a lot of money and who had a very large garden,” recalls the Vancouver-based financier, entrepreneur and philanthropist, noting that food plays a key role in all aspects of his life. “We grew up with a cornucopia of vegetables in a one-acre plot. I can tell you for a fact, not only was the food...

Feb 26, 2021
The Innovators: Anandia Laboratories is testing the cannabis industry’s mettle
Nick Rockel

When Aurora Cannabis bought Vancouver’s Anandia Laboratories in August 2018 for $115 million in stock, investors were still dangerously high on the federal government’s imminent legalization of recreational marijuana, which left many of them nursing an expensive hangover. (Since that...

Jan 19, 2021
On Trend: These burger patty makers are flipping the industry upside down
Nathan Caddell

A&W Canada is largely responsible for bringing the Beyond Meat trend to the nation’s fast-food consumers. But the root beer maven isn’t alone–a bevy of B.C. producers in particular are staking their reputations on plant-based meat alternatives. ■ Public Patties In late June...

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...

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