Podcast: What do Canadians think about our food system and farming practices?
There is a widening disconnect between those who grow food and those who consume food in Canada. To better communicate to Canadians, we must understand what their perceptions are of the food industry. Each year the Canadian Centre for Food Integrity performs a country wide survey to get a gauge on what Canadian consumers think about our food system and farming in general. Ashley Bruner from the Canadian Centre for Food Integrity has been part of this survey for years and will give us insight into what Canadians think.
The main points of this podcast include:
- A general overview of how the research is conducted for the study.
- How Canadians view the food system in 2023 in general, as well as the factors that are influencing their viewpoints.
- Key concerns that consumers have about the food system now and how these relate to the future.
- A discussion of the level of trust for the inspection and grading system of Canadian food.
- What profession has the highest level of trust in the food industry.
- With sustainable food production being discussed more, the factors consumers view to be most sustainable.
“Cost of food has always been the top concern. Everyone eats every day, everyone needs to buy food… But this past year, the concern has reached an all-time high. So not only is it the top concern, but people are more concerned than ever about it. And affordability of other life issues are starting to bump up: inflation, housing costs, interest rates… we’re really getting pounded on many other economic factors and that eats away at that wallet share of disposable income for food.”Ashley Bruner
“We [farmers] need to do a better job of talking about how we’re raising our animals and, and why we do the things that we do so that consumers have more knowledge and a more positive perception of the industry.”Clinton Monchuk
Guest: Ashley Bruner
Interim CEO and Research Manager at the Canadian Centre for Food Integrity
Ashley holds a Master of Public Policy degree from Simon Fraser University and has over ten years of research, presentation, and policy experience. Before joining CCFI, Ashley worked as a senior research manager at Ipsos Public Affairs working on hundreds of research projects for clients in the public, private, and non-profit sectors. Ashley has experience with a wide range of research methodologies ranging from online, telephone, focus groups, in-depth interviews, and town halls.
The long-term success and growth of Canada’s food system must be grounded in public trust. Over the past years with CCFI, Ashley has helped food system stakeholders understand and build trust with Canadians on key food system both big and small.
Host: Clinton Monchuk
Grain & Egg Farmer
Clinton Monchuk grew up on a mixed dairy, beef and grain family farm outside of Lanigan, Saskatchewan. He received his Bachelor’s of Science in Agriculture majoring in Agricultural Economics from the University of Saskatchewan and Masters of Business Administration in Agriculture from the University of Guelph. Clinton has enjoyed numerous roles across Canada, the United States and Mexico as a researcher, educator, manager, economist and director of trade policy.
In 2016, Clinton accepted the role of Executive Director with Farm & Food Care Saskatchewan to promote farming and ranching to consumers. Clinton understands the value of increasing public trust in agriculture and actively promotes engagement between the agriculture industry and consumers.
Clinton, Laura and their children Jackson and Katelyn, are active partners on their family grain and layer farm in Saskatchewan and cattle ranch in Oklahoma.
Clinton Monchuk: (00:07)
From Canadian Food Focus. This is Ask a Farmer. I’m your host Clinton Monchuk, a Saskatchewan farmer. In this podcast, we talk to food experts to answer your questions about your food.
Clinton Monchuk: (00:29)
Hi everyone and welcome to the podcast. Today we’re going to be talking a little bit about what Canadians think of our food system and the farming practices that are out there with Canadian farmers and ranchers. So I think we all understand that there’s a widening disconnect between those who are growing the food in this country and those who consume it. And you can just see with the increased urbanization and farms getting bigger and bigger, less people farming, there’s not as much of that communication that takes place between those who are growing and those who are consuming the food. And to better understand how we can kind of communicate to Canadian consumers, we really have to get a better take on what their perceptions are of the industry. So this is where the Canadian Center for Food Integrity every year does an absolutely awesome survey and publishes a report on the general health from the perspective of Canadian consumers and what their perceptions are of the industry.
Clinton Monchuk: (01:30)
We are very privileged to have Ashley Bruner from the Canadian Center for Food Integrity, who’s been part of this survey for numerous years and knows it inside and out. And she’s going to explain a little bit more about what some of the results are and really how the survey is done as well. So, Ashley, you want to just give all our listeners a little bit of a background of, you know, where you come from and what you do and your family just to get a little bit more background.
Ashley Bruner: (01:57)
Yeah, for sure. Thank you for having me. I’m excited to join you today and talk public opinion academically. I went to school for politics, political science and public policy. So I’m a bigtime politics and policy geek. So I love the horse race tracking of who’s going to win this week versus that week and all the drama. Yeah, so I went to school really focused on local issues. I really liked cities and housing, community planning, with no real thought about the food I ate every day and how I, how I came to have it. So from school, I got into polling, public opinion polling at Ipsos. I was a quantitative research manager for many years. So designing the questionnaires and reporting them out, really learning that garbage in, garbage out, and you have to be very discerning with your objectives and what you want to get out of the research.
Ashley Bruner: (02:53)
So that was a great time in my life. Eventually I moved to Guelph and was commuting into Toronto, which was like a three hour round trip to continue to work at Ipsos. So that didn’t work out so well. That’s when I started my family. My first daughter was born and I was trying to look for something more local. That’s where I found CCFI. I had never heard of the Canadian Center for Food Integrity. It was a new organization. And when did I join? 2017, 2018. And I had never really, like I said, thought much about food and agriculture. I had done some studies at Ipsos with Foodland Ontario, kind of brand awareness, but nothing really in the weeds, or in the fields. So I wasn’t an expert on food and agriculture, but I still got the job and I was an expert on public opinion, on research, on kind of telling the story behind the data.
Ashley Bruner: (03:46)
So I was very keen to, instead of doing all these studies and shipping them off and never knowing what the client was using it for, I ended up really sinking into one study and really hitting the pavement with those results. I became kind of the average consumer of our organization. So working with all these aggies who knew all the acronyms and the practices and the truth and the myths. I was kind of that average Canadian asking the dumb questions, asking like, oh, you guys say this, but I read this from this influencer. So being the voice of the people, yeah.
Clinton Monchuk: (04:25)
Awesome. It’s awesome that you joined the ag industry and we look forward to learning more about this study. So with respect to the actual surveying that’s done by the Canadian Center for Food Integrity, it’s such great information to kind of pull out and talk about and dissect. Maybe explain a little bit about how you make this comprehensive survey. How is it done? How many people do you survey? And what is the statistical importance of something so vast and so large?
Ashley Bruner: (04:53)
The people that get it, get it, and I love to talk into the weeds about all of it, from the sample sizes and what are the objectives. So happy to chat through all of it. So our survey, we’ve been doing it since CCFI was a standalone organization at 2016-17, but we have data that goes back from other organizations back to 2012. So we really have a treasure trove of information over time, and we run it every year. It’s a national online survey. You can get a lot of people that way. And we sample close to 3,000 Canadians with the goal being the margin of error. Forgive my technical talk, essentially it’s how reliable our data is by having such a large sample size. It really is reflective if you were to go out and talk to every single Canadian and to kind of track it that way.
Ashley Bruner: (05:47)
So having that big base size means I think that our research and the results are more reliable and almost as close to the truth as you can get in terms of survey research. So that’s kind of who we talk to. It’s representative of the Canadian population across the country, across every province. We don’t lump together the prairies or the Atlantic region. It’s by province as well. And then the objectives are kind of twofold. The first one is tracking changes over time. We compare them to other issues. So anyone can run a study and say, Canadians are worried about the cost of food, but what our research does is show you whether that concern has changed compared to past years and how it compares to other issues as well. It’s not just a food and ag survey, but we ask about concern about housing, concern about inflation, so we can really kind of tell the full picture of food and ag and where it compares to other topics.
Ashley Bruner: (06:45)
That’s kind of the big benefit of our tracking research and fielding those questions over the years. And then the second purpose of our research is to kind of really dig into things as they pop up so we can really look at what’s up and coming. So things like Covid, food labelling, food safety, transparency… if you can think of it, we probably have a data point about it. It’s kind of a revolving door of what are the key issues this year and do we have questions that we’ve asked in the past that we can bring in, or do we need to start looking or thinking about some different questions, different topics. All that to say, our survey is a very limited resource. It’s like 20 minutes long. You can’t have people answering questions for hours, even though I would like them to. We’re very intentional with what we field every year. We use member feedback to figure out what are the key issues for our members. And we work with a really great volunteer external research advisory committee. So it’s a really good cross-section of academics and industry professionals who kind of give that black and white advice on what to field and how.
Clinton Monchuk: (07:52)
So what’s the general take for this year? Do consumers, do they feel that we’re going… is agriculture positive? What’s kind of the general overview?
Ashley Bruner: (08:03)
This year, we’re surprisingly consistent, surprisingly unchanged, which is not so typical in a tracking survey. So usually you see kind of some movement, some variation, year over year. But on some of our key questions, trust in the different stakeholders, direction of the food system, things are kind of pretty consistent compared to last year. Not much has changed. We did see some big spikes in support throughout Covid, so a lot of rallying behind the food system and suppliers in that way. Things kind of trickled down after that. And now we’re seeing a bit of a leveling off overall. We do see that people are more positive than negative. There’s more people who feel positively than kind of the naysayers. But the bulk of Canadians, not a majority, maybe about four in 10 Canadians don’t actually have strong opinions about our food system. I know we do. We’re passionate. But if you pick anyone off the street, most people are kind of checked out on the details of it all.
Clinton Monchuk: (09:08)
You made the comment that back during Covid, there was a stronger level of support. So what were some of the reasons why it was more positive during Covid than where we’re at right now? It just seems like it almost this wave of perception that’s started maybe down, went up now down a little bit, but like you said, the majority of people are in that middle. But why is it that way? What are the factors that affect it?
Ashley Bruner: (09:36)
Covid– I mean, unprecedented times, to say the least. And it was the first time, at least within my lifetime, where you are thinking about the food supply and how things come and go into our country, into our grocery stores. Not just food, but other consumer goods, toilet paper, that whole crisis. So it was really the first time for many of us that we were kind of faced with scarcity, but not when it came to (a) the workers who are continuing to provide the food, the checkout people, from the farmers to the retailers, that had to continue. And we continued to have the food that we needed. So I think for the first time for many, we did realize what a delicate system it can be, and yet incredibly resilient when faced with such a shock like Covid-19. And now we’re facing more and more shocks, different world wars, weather events, all of it. But Covid really was a rallying cry. A lot of people were proud of the Canadian food system and its response. Now it’s the cost of food. I mean, we’ll get into it, but… I’m surprised things have leveled off given the cost of food and affordability conversations we’re having. I thought results would be worse than last year. I think kind of no news is good news for now, really.
Clinton Monchuk: (11:05)
Maybe we can actually just get into some of that since we’re talking about the pricing right now. So you do measure what are some of the biggest concerns that face Canadians. And you already mentioned that it’s just not looking at agriculture, it’s looking at a whole list of different concerns that can be out there. Do you want to talk a little bit more about what those high-level concerns are with Canadians and how that then affects the general thought of the food system?
Ashley Bruner: (11:34)
Yeah, I was wondering how long it would take for me to mention the cost of food . So here we are. Yes, it’s cost of food in our research has always been [important]. We track how worried are you about this long list of life and food issues. So we get people to rank one to 10 how concerned you are. Cost of food has always been the top concern. So that is kind of like a constant. Everyone eats every day, everyone needs to buy food. So it’s just kind of in your face every day, every week, every month, spending money on food. But this past year, the concern has reached an all-time high. So not only is it the top concern, but people are more concerned than ever about it. And that affordability piece has really snuck in as we’re seeing again, those other life issues are starting to bump up. So inflation, housing costs, interest rates, we’re really getting pounded on many other economic factors that eats away at that wallet share of disposable income for food. So as Canadians are being faced with all those other economic pressures, cost of food has become the issue.
Clinton Monchuk: (12:43)
It’s interesting because you usually see the transactions that take place on a weekly basis. You see them more often. So for example, if you’re filling your vehicle up with fuel, you see it every week or two, right? Then if the price of gas goes up or down, it’s similar to food, right? So you see those factors more often, even though, you know, as typically at least in the Canadian budget, it’s a smaller portion of your disposable income than, you know, should you be in the European Union or another country. But it’s interesting how you see that and as a result, it becomes this high level concern, right?
Ashley Bruner: (13:24)
Yeah. And that perception is reality. I mean, it’s cold comfort to tell someone go live in Germany and you’ll be more thankful about your grocery bill now. But I live in a border city, being so close to the US where food costs are pretty low relative to ours — for different reasons, obviously, but comparison is a thief of joy or something like that, I’ve heard .
Clinton Monchuk: (13:50)
So one of the other areas that you measure is transparency. So what did you find with this year’s data when it comes to transparency and what do you feel can increase this level of transparency within the food industry as, as we kind of move forward into the future?
Ashley Bruner: (14:07)
If I had a succinct answer, I’d be a much richer woman . But you’re right, we do, we track public trust. It’s kind of this hard-to-define, hard-to-achieve, hard-to-measure and prove that you’re doing well, kind of concept. But critical to the success, to the growth of the industry. So when we ask Canadians to rate how transparent they think different food system stakeholders are, they mirror trust essentially. We see farmers are most trusted. They’re also seen as being most transparent. So there is kind of a link. If you’re viewed as being transparent, you’ll also be trusted. But when we look at… We last asked these ratings five years ago, and they have all significantly decreased. So we are seeing a softening in the perception of how transparent people think across the board.
Ashley Bruner: (15:01)
It’s not just the grocery stores, it’s not just the farmers, but everyone. So it’s a rallying cry to us all to really work on effective transparency, useful transparency. There is so much information out there, and it’s just finding the right eyeballs and audience for it. There’s just so much information out there and it’s hard for people to know what to trust. So some people trust farmers, some trust governments, others trust, like a man yelling at them from Costco about the dangers of granola bars, and they think that guy knows a lot about what’s safe to eat.
Clinton Monchuk: (15:42)
Those granola bars are really good though.
Ashley Bruner: (15:44)
Truly give me all the oils and fats and I mean, my kids survive off Cheetos. So I’d be lucky if they eat one of those granola bars. But one thing I think we could do better is kind of telling the whole story of continuous improvement. I think that we really can’t shy away from acknowledging that we have learned and adapted along the way: environmental issues, crop protection, animal welfare– these are all areas where people have questions, probably misconceptions. And we can demonstrate that once we know better, that we do better instead of simply saying no, we know best and what we’re doing is the best. I think maybe some acknowledging the warts and all, that no, you’re right: we used to do it this way and these are the reasons and how we’ve adapted.
Clinton Monchuk: (16:33)
You touched a little bit on the government side of things, and this is one thing that I’m actually having a tough time with, because we actually live in a country that has one of the best food inspection systems in the world. We export a lot of our products into different countries that you have to have an equivalency to actually get into those countries. And we have a lot of trading partners as a result of that. But when it comes to the trust in our own governmental agencies, it’s not as strong as what I would have thought. Is there a reason or is it just a general distrust in government? I just, I don’t get it. It’s interesting. Maybe you have some more insight into why consumers feel this way.
Ashley Bruner: (17:20)
You’re right. I think at the heart of it, Canadians do understand how safe our food is. Our regulations are ensuring safety of food. When people say that they have good feelings towards the food system, regulations often come up. They do come up in on the other side as well, over-regulation, too cumbersome, creating high costs of food. We do see that a little bit, but I think that people, it’s an unsaid expectation that our food is safe. So really, it’s not a front-of-mind concern. I know you’re at the heart of it. And facing it all. So I’m sure it’s frustrating to you, but again, the average consumer isn’t thinking, “what’s CFIA up to today?” Or “What kind of new regs are they rolling out? So I would say there’s maybe not skepticism, but confusion.
Ashley Bruner: (18:11)
I think people don’t know probably even about the CFIA or the difference between provincial and federal regulations. So I think our data shows people are confused maybe, not skeptical. Anecdotally, I as a consumer myself, outside of this world, I can imagine hearing about certain countries banning this dye or this ingredient or this or that would raise questions about what’s going on in Canada and why or why not. We’re making those decisions. And I think people probably just conflate government with politicians. I think maybe we give people too much credit in terms of knowing the difference. But at the heart of it, people know our food is safe and it’s not a top of mind concern.
Clinton Monchuk: (19:09)
This kind of brings us in the podcast to our fun farm fact. And, we talked a little bit about it, but did you know in the last four quarters, the consumer price index for food and non-alcoholic beverages increased an average of 12.6% for OECD countries. However, only 9.7% for G-7 countries, and only 9.5% for here in Canada. This is information from the OECD, which is the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. And just a little bit on this, we talked about, you know, food inflation as it relates to Canadians, and this is at the high level concern, but the level of change that’s been happening has actually been slower here in Canada than when you look at other developed countries. And it’s kind of interesting to look at that. Any thoughts around that, Ashley, as to why, or maybe we should be just applauding the Canadian system a little bit more for trying to keep that inflation a little bit tighter?
Ashley Bruner: (20:13)
I say more applause is needed. Government, all of us– we need to do a better job of… Again, I said perception’s reality. And people are going to be grouchy that they can get cheaper something from the States. But I think we need to be a bit more proud and happy to remind people that we’re doing a pretty good job relative to other countries. And it’s not just us saying it, but people with lots of acronyms and letters after their names.
Clinton Monchuk: (20:43)
So Ashley, you kind of touched a little bit on the trust factor, but why is it that farmers and ranchers continue to be the number-one trusted source when it comes to food and food production related information?
Ashley Bruner: (20:57)
You’re right. It’s like cost of food being the most important worry among Canadians. Farmers are the most trusted stakeholder, and that’s always been the case in our research. We haven’t asked specifically why, but when I look at some of the other reads and some of the other things we’ve asked in the past, I think what it is, is that farmers and ranchers, I mean, you, you’re the frontline to food production. So I think it’s almost the consumers and farmers and ranchers have kind of the same vested interest that your benefit is tied to ours. So producing safe, nutritious, sustainable food is what a consumer would want. And it’s what a farmer or rancher would want to do as well to ensure their economic success, but also feeding the world. So Clinton, I’m curious, you use our research a lot. You’re a big advocate and amplifier, I appreciate it. So when I’m not in the room presenting it, how is it received? Do people have questions? Anything pop out? I’m just curious about your experience.
Clinton Monchuk: (22:06)
Yeah, a lot of times when I talk to different people, whether it’s at a consumer function or some of the influencer tours that we have, or the lectures that I do on campus, I do find that there almost is a little bit of an ‘aha’ moment when I speak to them. Like, at the end of the day, I want to make sure that I produce the best food possible for consumers, right? It’s in my best interest. If I do not, they don’t buy it, right? That’s the kicker. So if they don’t buy it, I can’t sell it, I don’t make the money, then my farm goes bankrupt, it’s a bad scenario down that path. So it’s in my best interest to make sure that I produce high quality food, and if not, I’m not going to be in business. And you can see then that then feeds into that longevity factor, right? So, you know, I like to always say I’m the fourth generation of Canadian farmers and we don’t have numerous generations of farmers by people trying to pull a fast one. It just doesn’t happen, right? We [farmers] do it because we love it and we want to make sure we have the ability to produce food, high quality food. So it does make sense. Sometimes you’ve just got to walk through that process, like you said.
Clinton Monchuk: (23:18)
On the animal agriculture side, I know it’s always a little bit of a shocker to those who are, you know, in the cattle business or poultry business, when they see that there’s not a good understanding that there is a high level of animal welfare that exists on every farm. So that is a little bit of a, what can we do better? And this relates then back to your transparency piece. We need to do a better job of talking about how we’re raising our animals and, and why we do the things that we do so that they just, again, the perception to increase that knowledge and, and just give a more positive perception of the industry. One of the other areas that you touched on was around sustainability. And I hear it a ton because you know, it seems to be maybe more talked about now in the food industry and some of the different perceptions. Can you just highlight what consumers, you know, the general public views sustainability as when it comes to the food system? Because there’s a lot of different viewpoints out there on what it is.
Ashley Bruner: (24:28)
Yeah. For consumers, it is almost singularly environmental impact. So it’s very much sustainable food has a positive or neutral impact on the environment. When we ask them in terms of like tangible decision-making things at the grocery store to gauge that environmental impact, there is a lot of confusion. Some shortcuts are packaging. Local people assume less miles means better impact on the environment, but they’re definitely missing kind of that fulsome look at sustainability that I think people in the industry that, that ESG the triple bottom line. So environmental is important, but that social aspect, even economic sustainability is important as well. You need to make money in order to do your job. So it’s, it’s very much that environmental piece, but people are open. We did some message testing in the past about kind of giving facts about our industry, how many people we employ, our contribution to GDP. So that economic piece really does resonate with Canadians as well. I think we need to give Canadians a bit more credit in kind of telling a fuller story about how sustainable our food is. Not just environmentally, but those other metrics as well.
Clinton Monchuk: (25:48)
You did an actual survey or a question asking about different practices on farms. I found it interesting. There was one on cover crops, there was one on irrigation, I can’t remember what the third one was. And then direct seeding or minimal tillage, so different practices that you could do and, and ask consumers to say like, which ones would be more favorable in terms of kind of an overall sustainability piece. Kind of curious as to why the results kind of look more positive on, say, cover cropping and irrigation as opposed to the direct seeding minimal tillage. For everybody that’s trying to understand my lingo right now, direct seeding or minimal tillage just means exactly that: we’re trying not to disturb the soil and this sinks more carbon into the soil, and is more environmentally friendly. And from my perspective as a farmer, that is the biggest benefit on the soil because there’s no erosion from wind or water and it keeps that soil where it is and increases organic matter over time. It just makes healthier soil. But that’s not necessarily what the data showed, right? It’s just interesting to hear your take on it.
Ashley Bruner: (27:01)
Yes, that was, we tested, we have a little infographic on our website, itsgoodcanada.ca, Some different environmental practices across the food chain. So, at the farm level, retail, things like that. Generally people see these practices in a favorable light. I was looking at the data, particularly baby boomers, and actually the older generations really see the importance and how effective those practices are. But again, back to that earlier point, most are unsure. So while a majority think generally, yes, these practices are okay, specifically that minimum tillage piece, it wasn’t that people thought these aren’t effective practices, but that they just didn’t know very much in that neutral middle category. And I think what it comes down to is that Canadians understand the basics so people can wrap their heads around the importance of water conservation limiting food waste and preserving soil health. But when you kind of get into those kind of specifics that we [in the ag industry] think are self-explanatory, we lose them. So it’s really kind of getting back to those basics. I think that’s the story to tell.
Clinton Monchuk: (28:12)
Yeah, you’re right. Like sometimes we get so into, that’s my life, right? Growing food, but, but we get so into some of these specifics that we fail to understand the overall… Trying to understand the perspective of those who live in downtown Toronto, right? So one of the last questions that I have for this podcast gets to a comment or an observation that was made in the research in the report. It said, ‘winning the marketing battle can sometimes cost you the public trust war.’ That’s really profound. I really love that statement and it’s a great observation, but can you explain a little bit fuller so our listeners kind of have a better understanding around that?
Ashley Bruner: (28:56)
Definitely. I think I’ll back it up about our organization at CCFI, we’re very much trying to all be on the same team, all try to grow trust and awareness and engagement with our system. So we’re really not a body that advocates for one practice, one type of food or another. We are kind of able to be the high level look at things and essentially what that research and what that little insight meant is that specifically disingenuous misinformation, marketing claims, essentially is what I worry about. Trying to create kind of a distinction where none exist that ultimately confuses the consumer. It erodes trust in the food system. It’s just poor form. It might help you sell a couple extra packages of whatever it is you’re selling. I don’t want to pit one brand or sector against each other, but, I’m thinking of all those “free from” claims. I’m a mom now, I’m kind of right in that demographic.
Ashley Bruner: (29:58)
So you’re thinking, oh my goodness, if I buy this lunch meat, that’s a buck cheaper, is my kid gonna end up with like a third ear because they’ve eaten this as opposed to something that’s free from something? I don’t even know what it is or does. So it really is that fear-based marketing that I think we need to get away from, we need to kind of sing from the same songbook that like all x, y, and z food in Canada, it’s free from this or that instead of, it’s that fear-based marketing tactics that doesn’t sit well for me and I think is harmful overall. It might be good marketing I guess, but bad for public trust.
Clinton Monchuk: (30:38)
At the end of the day, I always like to say, Hey, we’re all growing food here. Let’s work together. Let’s build the trust of the industry. Everybody’s got to eat, right? So at the end of the day, you know, I think this is one of the things that we can all be proud of, that we’re doing this together. We have numerous different forms of production now. You look at the grocery stores here in Canada and you have numerous different choices. So I just feel that if we can go together forward, it makes everything better and just prouder to be a Canadian with this industry that we’re in. Thank you very much, Ashley for being a part of the podcast today. I want to thank you for taking the time to listen to our Ask A Farmer podcast. We at Canadian Food Focus value the input from our listeners and ask that you share this podcast with your friends and family. Remember, this is a two-way street, so we seek your input for future segments that are of interest to you about food and farming. To do this, please click on the ‘Ask Us’ icon at the top of our website, canadianfoodfocus.org. While you’re there, feel free to follow our numerous social media links and sign up for our newsletter. This segment was produced and edited by Angela Larson, research and writing by Dorothy Long and Penny Eaton. Music by Andy Elson.
Clinton Monchuk: (32:08)
I’m your host Clinton Monchuk, and from all of us here at Canadian Food Focus, we wish you good health and great eats.
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