GFM Network News


CBC News was one of a host of media outlets that picked up on a report from a group opposed to conventional livestock production that predicted meat will one day be taxed like cigarettes.

Meat tax unlikely but alternatives gaining ground

Consumers are being offered more plant-based proteins and adding more of them to their diets, says expert

A tax on meat was the story d’jour at the start of the new year, and although the prospects of such a tax seem slim, the livestock industry risks losing market share to plant-based products, says an expert. The call for a tax came from Jeremy Coller, founder of one of the world’s largest private […] Read more

Traceability is about more than food safety — it’s a way to establish a new relationship with consumers, food expert Sylvain Charlebois told attendees at the recent Traceability Symposium.

New era of traceability needs to involve the consumer

A system created to deal with food safety issues should also be a ‘conduit’ connecting consumers and farmers

One of Canada’s best-known food experts says that while farmers and the ag sector are trying hard to connect with consumers, they’re not pulling it off. And they’ll need to do better because customer engagement is critical in the new “era of supply chain transparency,” Sylvain Charlebois told the Canadian Cattle Identification Agency’s inaugural Traceability […] Read more


Cattle traceability symposium coming to Calgary

Two-day event to be held, Nov. 2–3

The Canadian Cattle Identification Agency will hold the inaugural Traceability Symposium 2016 in Calgary on Nov. 2-3. The two-day event will address traceability’s role; regulations and compliance; challenges and solutions; other assurance systems; and lessons learned. It is expected to draw attendees from Canada, United States, European Union, Australia and New Zealand. Well-known food expert […] Read more

Cattle prices have ‘just one direction to go’ and that’s why producers should be embracing niche markets for natural or ‘certified humane’ beef, says Hanna rancher Colleen Biggs.

New mindset needed? Earls is just the ‘tip of the iceberg’

Consumers are starting to call the tune about how cattle are raised, 
and the sector needs to respond, say industry observers

Consumers are demanding sustainable beef and many want it sooner rather than later. That’s a key lesson from the Earls Restaurant controversy — and evidence producers need to change their thinking, say experts. “The first thing the cattle industry has to do is stop believing that there is no money to be made with niche […] Read more