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Research out of the Canadian Centre for Food Integrity found that 46 per cent of surveyed consumers are concerned about hormone use in livestock.

Research finds Canadians want to learn about agriculture

Public Trust: Study by the Canadian Centre for Food Integrity shows gaps in consumer understanding of modern agricultural practices

The general public’s lack of agricultural knowledge is more widespread than likely imagined, according to a 2019 study. The study by the Canadian Centre for Food Integrity (CCFI) found that 91 per cent of Canadians feel they know little, very little or nothing about modern agricultural practices. However, this research also shows that 60 per […] Read more

Native prairie near Hanley, Sask. The Sask Stock Growers Association has started a foundation to conserve agricultural lands, advance education, relieve poverty and help disaster victims.

Joining the conversation

While beef producers are on the front line of issues such as antibiotic use and greenhouse gases, their voices still aren’t being heard

Crystal Mackay was surprised to learn that a national event with beef on the menu didn’t have any beef producers at the table. Food Day Canada was created in 2003 to give Canadian beef a boost, and it’s now held annually on the first Saturday in August. Chefs across the country from small restaurants to […] Read more


Jeffrey Fitzpatrick-Stilwell from McDonald’s Canada, Jennifer Lambert of Loblaws, Carl Dean of Cactus Club Restaurants and Heather Tansey of Cargill with moderator Crystal Mackay of the Centre for Food Integrity brought their message on selling sustainable beef to the Roundtable annual meeting in Calgary.

Better communication needed to sell consumers on sustainably raised beef

Misconceptions and false information about the beef industry further complicates what consumers know about beef production

When you make your living in the cattle business, it’s difficult to imagine what the beef industry looks like from an outside perspective. This gap is a challenge when trying to gain a true sense of consumer perceptions of beef production. “One of the phrases I really like is that you can’t see the label […] Read more

When Canadian attitudes toward the food supply are tracked, 46 per cent are concerned about drug residues in meat.

Public trust is a ticket forward for the food industry

Vet Advice with Dr. Ron Clarke

The economic, social and political environment around agriculture has changed. The public, particularly consumers, have influenced the landscape of food production in ways never before recognized. The closer an industry sector’s shift is toward the supermarket meat counter and grocery shelves, the more advanced is the call toward public reckoning about matters involving the food […] Read more


The long road to building public trust

Insights into research by the Canadian Centre for Food Integrity

Spring is the time of year on farms when everything in the world seems right. What a reality check then to read in early June that Canadians aren’t sure today’s agriculture qualifies as farming, and half of Canadian consumers are unsure whether the Canadian food system is headed in the right direction. These are key […] Read more

Canadian Centre for Food Integrity kicks off

News Roundup from the May 2016 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Farm & Food Care Canada (F&FC Canada) is on target with its year-one game plan culminating with the official kickoff of the Canadian Centre for Food Integrity (CFI) and a rundown on insights from Canada’s first public-trust research on farming and food during the Public Trust Summit at the end of this month in Ottawa. […] Read more