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The Mother of all Bacon Blogs

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In celebration of International Bacon Day, we're bringing you a collection of our favourite bacon blogs, recipes & products. Please meat responsibly :) Happy Bacon Day! Comment below and share on social media to be entered to win a prize pack containing 3 types of bacon, bacon jam & bacon bits! Bacon Blogs Lets All Take a Deep Breath and Eat Some Bacon Just in time for Halloween, The Lancet published a scary article entitled "Carcinogenicity of consumption of red and processed meat" in which World Health Organization's International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) announced there is "convincing evidence" that the consumption of processed and...

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The Trouble with Chicken

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On May 17th, the poultry processing facility that does most of the slaughter for small-scale growers in the Fraser Valley sent out this email:

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Don't Let Labels be Conversation Killers

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We got some nice press this week around the funding we received through the BC Buy Local program but I have to admit to having mixed feelings about  certification programs/labels/marketing campaigns that focus on a word... like "humane,""local" and "organic." Don't get me wrong, I'm generally a big fan of these words but I worry that when people see them on a label, they too often stop asking questions.

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Spring Piglets at the Nicola Valley Ranch

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This is such a great time of year for farrowing (the term for a sow giving birth to piglets). We had two litters born this past week at the Nicola Valley ranch with lots more coming. We'll be moving some of the ones born last month to the Burnaby farm by the May long weekend and can't wait for you to meet them!

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Slow Food... Slow Meat

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I'm attending the Slow Food Canada National Summit this week in beautiful Invermere, BC. Slow Food is an international organization that started in the 1980's embracing a comprehensive approach to food that recognizes the strong connections between plate, planet, people, politics and culture. Slow Food has been active in Canada for more than 10 years with active convivia across the country.

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