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News articles from the Canadian Horticultural Council (CHC) include updates on CHC activities and issues impacting the horticultural sector.

Canada’s Food, Beverage, and Consumer Goods Manufacturers Endorse Vision of Zero Plastic Waste

Jul 17, 2019

On June 25, Food & Consumer Products of Canada (FCPC) became the first national trade association to endorse the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s vision for a New Plastics Economy, moving Canada toward a future of zero plastic waste. The New Plastics Economy is led by the MacArthur Foundation in collaboration with the UN Environment agency. The…

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CHC Board of Directors 2019 Summer Tour

Jul 17, 2019

The Canadian Horticultural Council (CHC)’s Board of Directors recently hosted their annual summer tour, this year visiting the Toronto and Niagara region of Ontario. The tour group was a cross section of industry and representatives from the Canadian Federation of Agriculture, Agriculture and Agri-Food, the Pest Management Centre, CropLife Canada, Farm Credit Canada, the Fruit…

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New Video: For my Son

Jul 9, 2019

We have just published the latest video in our Heartbeat international farm workers awareness campaign: “For my son.”  Meet Kevin: His son has sickle cell anemia which requires costly medication monthly and travel to far towns to receive the treatment he needs. Through the International Farm Workers program, Kevin has worked for the past 12 years and…

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New Video: For My Community

Jun 25, 2019

We have just published the latest video in our Heartbeat international farm workers awareness campaign: “For my community.”  Did you know that the equivalent of one Canadian paycheck is equal to 8.5 pay checks in Jamaica (and many surrounding countries)? Workers often send their paychecks back home to support their families by paying for school and supplies,…

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Canadian Horticultural Council and Canadian Produce Marketing Association Recognize NDP Commitment to Payment Protection for Produce Sellers

Jun 19, 2019

The Canadian Horticultural Council (CHC) and Canadian Produce Marketing Association (CPMA) recognize the commitment made on Sunday by NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh to implement protection for growers selling to the U.S. and taking immediate steps to restore Canada’s preferential access under the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (PACA). “It is a very positive sign to see…

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New Video: The Unshakable Bond

Jun 12, 2019

We have just published the latest video in our Heartbeat international farm workers awareness campaign: “An Unshakable Bond.”  The bond between farmers and international farm workers relies on a sense of mutual trust and respect. Together, they take the time to get to know one another on a level that goes beyond the farm field – they…

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Post-Market Pesticide Re-evaluation Review Stakeholder Engagement Sessions: What Was Heard Report

Jun 5, 2019

In the fall of 2018, the PMRA set out to meet with stakeholders across Canada to seek feedback on the current and future state of the re-evaluation program. As the workload of the PMRA’s re-evaluation program increases, the PMRA is introducing improvements and efficiencies in order to improve the programs overall sustainability. The report summarizes…

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New Video: More than a Partnership

May 28, 2019

We have just published the “More than than a Partnership“ video in our awareness campaign in celebration of international farm workers. When you have workers returning year after year, the partnerships reach beyond just the day to day operations of the farm. It should come as no surprise that friendships form and farmers and workers alike…

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Meet the International Workers: Felena Pereira

May 15, 2019
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Felena’s a single mom from Trinidad and Tobago, with a son and daughter aged 13 and 10. Back home, she lives with her mom, with her siblings close by. Everyone depends on her and the salary she makes as an international farm worker. She calls it her “bread and butter”. At first, she wasn’t able…

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Protecting Our Wine from Pests

May 14, 2019

The Canadian wine industry contributes $9 billion each year to the Canadian economy through its impact on agriculture and tourism. During the past 25 years, this sector has grown significantly with no small help from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC). AAFC science teams have studied ways to protect grapes from insect damage – examining both…

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