Looking forward, thinking back, diving in!

April 11, 2010

This blog will finalize my 2nd to last class of my entire university career with 2 of my 4 classes for the semester completed and an exam to finish the last, on the way, its time to take a look, step back and think, or maybe just to dive right in….

I’ve had a fairly unique 4 years here at Guelph, choosing a unique major that allowed me to study in a number of different areas of study. The agroecosystem major included plant science, soil science, environmental stewardship, meteorology and even remote sensing, and happened to be offered for the last time in my first year, an opportunity I dove into without hesitation.

Now having finished my studies, I’m on the search for a job, some opportunities have surfaced over the recent weeks, from inspecting organic farms, to perhaps selling locally produced foods, or maybe even reviewing policy for the government.

So I guess it’s time for another leap!

If you’ve got any ideas, or need someone to fill a position in your company let me know, I’m always open to new options.

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Time for some backyard bounty

April 11, 2010

It’s that time of year again, the time when Canadians crawl out of their winter homes, and find themselves wandering around the yard just because its sunny and  warm.

This summer I’m planning on planting a garden in the back yard of my rental house, and I think I’m going to be in good company.  The city will soon be buzzing with activity in backyards, tilling up gardens and planting seedlings. I can’t wait to get out and tear up a little piece of dirt and fill it my own little vegetable patch.

The city is home of lots of gardeners, including the Guelph and Wellington County Master Gardeners. An organization of amateur gardeners who get together to learn about gardening as well as hosting plant sales.

There is even a professional group in Guelph turning residential yards into urban farms, check them out at Backyard Bounty!


Somethings a little fishy!

April 3, 2010

A recent episode of the CBC show Marketplace investigated the labelling of fish fillets in Canadian supermarkets.

They had their samples analyzed at the University of Guelph’s Biodiversity Institute of Ontario , where they used DNA barcoding to determine the type of fish in each package.

Out of the 153 samples, 34 were mislabeled, thats 22%.

22% of the fish on store shelves wasn’t what it say it was, that’s not good, but this is Canada we have people to look after that for us right!

That is the job of the CFIA, or Canadian Food Inspection Agency, so what do have to say about 22% of fish samples being mislabled.

According to a CBC news story, “Mary Ann Green, the head of the agency’s food safety and consumer protection department.” said “The majority of your products were in compliance.”

Thats right rather then saying, thats an issue we need new legislation or that is unacceptable we will need to look into it, this issue was passed off as being a minor flaw in a working system.

I think it’s time for some major food safety regulatory changes in our country after this blatant ignorance of a major issue.

Clearly we have the technology to monitor these issues it’s simply ignorance on the part of our government that is leading to these issues.