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Farming eclipsing auto industry, agriculture minister says
Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Jeff Leal has been touting the value of farming to the province, saying it could soon surpass Ontario’s automotive sector in terms of economic importance. An agriculture minister advocating agriculture is hardly new, but Leal’s public push is a reminder of Premier Kathleen Wynne’s promise to boost the agriculture and agri-food sectors. Experts predict climate change will put Canada in an even better position when it comes to food exports.
Racecar technology could help supermarkets keep freezers cool
A newly developed technology promises energy savings of 10 to 32 per cent for grocery store fridges. The innovation by Formula 1 racing giant Williams uses technology found in airplane wings and racecar spoilers to keep cold air inside the fridge, leading to energy savings. The technology is promising for supermarkets trying to reduce energy consumption in their cold and frozen food sections.
Raffled restaurant includes labour disputes
Whoever wins Das Gasthaus will also win a portfolio of troubles. The restaurant is facing eight complaints with the Ministry of Labour and the new owner would be responsible for handling those. The restaurant will be raffled off by its owner Ruthie Cummings, who sold tickets for $150 and will draw a winner Dec. 30. The restaurant on Toronto’s Danforth Ave. opened in 2013. Cummings decided to raffle it off in order to spend more time with her aging parents, according to a report in the Toronto Star.
137-year tradition crumbles with new generation
A world-famous ancient fruitcake is at risk thanks to generational disinterest in the 137-year-old tradition of tending to the seasonal dessert. The fruitcake was made in 1878 by Fidelia Ford, but she died before cutting it. Since then it has been left whole, under glass, in the family’s possession. Michigan resident Morgan Ford, Fidelia’s great-grandson, was the caretaker of the cake until his death in 2013. Now, none of the Ford descendants have an interest in maintaining the tradition, according to a report in the Globe and Mail. Though there is hope — some of the younger Fords have shown an interest in taking over the tradition, according to the report.
B.C. government funding secret sushi project
The British Columbia government is funding the development of sticky quinoa that could be used in sushi, according to a report from CBC. The government gave $4,750 to Vancouver-based Top Tier Foods to develop quinoa that would be suitable to replace the traditional short-grain white rice that is typically imported for use in sushi. It’s one of 16 agri-food innovation projects in the province to receive funding. Details on the sticky quinoa project are being kept under wraps because it is still in the development phase.
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