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November is Diabetes Awareness Month where Canadians work together to bring awareness to diabetes, a disease that affects one in three Canadians. Today, those aged 20 now face a 50 percent chance of developing the disease.

Diabetes is a condition in which the body does not properly process food into energy. This may lead to other health conditions like heart disease and stroke. Diabetes can develop into one of three conditions: type-1, type-2 and prediabetes. 90% of diabetes cases are type-2 which can be controlled through healthy lifestyle changes including, healthy diets and exercise.

How do whole grains fit into the diabetes conversations?

Whole grains are full of necessary nutrients and provide many health benefits over refined grains. Choosing healthy whole grain options over refined grains can help manage blood sugar levels in a diabetes lifestyle and can also work to prevent the onset of type-2 diabetes. …


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Its been a beautiful start to the summer- hot, sunny and the perfect conditions to get outside and enjoy the weather. But, this weather isn’t great for Ontario crops. Ontario grains need a drink of water.

Farming is very challenging especially when a crop’s ability to survive is dependent on decent weather throughout the growing season. Planting in perfect soils, sunny days and timely rains contribute to how well a crop is going to grow- and how well that crop will be in order to produce our quality food.

It’s getting too dry!

This summer (so far) has been dry! A very different story to year’s past when spring and harvest times were wet and cold- not ideal conditions to plant or harvest the grains. Now, a lot of grains across Ontario are desperately looking for a drink. …


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A question I have heard many times is, “Why do Ontario grain farmers spray their crops?”. There are a lot of negative feelings towards farmers using pesticide sprays to protect their growing plants, particularly when a person feels that those products are “harmful” on our food source.

Ontario grain farmers may choose to spray their crops to protect their growing plants from threats that would destroy the entire field of barley, corn, oats, soybeans, or wheat. Organic and conventional farmers may use sprays if they choose. …


Blog post contributed by Matilda Miranda, freelance copywriter and content strategist.

GMO stands for “Genetically Modified Organisms,” and for many who hear those words, it automatically conjures up scary images of mutated plants and animals ready to wreak havoc on our bodies and the environment.

“There’s been a well-organized campaign of deliberate misinformation by a lot of anti-agriculture activist organizations,” says Dr. Stuart Smyth, an associate professor at the University of Saskatchewan.

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According to Smyth, anti-GMO campaigns by high profile activist organizations have had a huge effect on how people view genetically modified [GM] foods and there’s data to back that up. A 2018 Dalhousie University study found that 34.7 per cent of Canadians polled believe GM foods aren’t safe to eat, but at the same time 44 per cent said that the health effects aren’t fully understood. This comes despite the fact that Health Canada puts all GM foods through a stringent safety assessment process, one that is based upon consultations carried out by the World Health Organization. …


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Earth Day is coming up on April 22! Earth Day is the perfect day to celebrate our natural Earth and of course all of our efforts to reduce our environmental impacts. Ontario farmers work hard to ensure they are keeping our natural environment healthy in order to grow healthy grains. Soon, they will be planting Ontario grains so let’s celebrate everything Earth-related with #YourFarmers!

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Looking for ways to celebrate Earth Day and Ontario grain farmers?

Try to plant a seed! With spring planting on the way, many farmers will soon be busy in the fields planting grains using their tractors and planters. But, you and your family can join them in the work at home. You’ll need a cup, potting soil and garden seeds. Fill the cup with potting soil, and create a small hole in the middle of the soil. Place 1 or two seeds into this hole, and cover over with soil. Add some water and place it in a window in the sunlight. …


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We’ve all heard the word sustainable in some context especially when it comes to conversations about climate change and protecting our environment. But, what does that mean to a grain farm?

Sustainability farming is meeting society’s demand for food, fuel, household items without compromising the environments for future use.

In many conversations with farmers, they say that their legacy or what they want to do most is to “leave the land in better condition than when they received it”. …


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February is Heart Month which is a month to bring more awareness to heart disease that affects nearly 1 in 12 Canadians.

Heart disease refers to what is really a group of conditions that affect the structure and functions of the heart and has many root causes. High blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, obesity are all conditions that can lead to heart disease. These factors can be reduced by making healthy lifestyle choices, like quitting smoking, eating a healthy and balanced diet, getting enough sleep, exercising regularly, and limiting alcohol intake.

Good thing for Ontario farmers, many research studies conclude that including whole grains in a daily diet can help reduce many of the risk factors that lead to heart disease! The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada says 80% of premature heart disease and stroke can be prevented through your life habits, such as eating a healthy diet that includes whole grains. …


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February is heart month to bring awareness to heart disease in Canadians. Heart disease is currently the second leading cause of death in Canada, and 90% of Canadians have at least one risk factor to develop heart disease (Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada). Below are four #TrainWithGrainsTips to help reduce the risk of heart disease in your family.

  1. Exercise: there are many benefits to being more active including reducing your risk for heart disease and risk and helping to prevent risk factors like high blood pressure, high cholesterol, type 2 diabetes and obesity. Try choosing activities you enjoy like hiking, yoga or swimming.

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We know there are 1.6 million Canadians living with heart disease & stroke, and 8 in 10 cases of premature heart disease and stroke cases are preventable through healthy lifestyle behaviours. (Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada).

We’ve talked about 4 ways to help reduce your risk of heart disease, but what dietary changes can we make to further reduce our risks?

Eat Healthy Balanced Meals

This includes making sure you are getting the right amounts of fruits and vegetables, whole grains and proteins.

Vegetables and Fruit: Many vegetables and fruit are particularly rich in vitamin C (broccoli, red peppers, oranges and strawberries) and in beta-carotene (carrots, tomatoes, squash and sweet potatoes), which is a form of vitamin A. These work as antioxidants in your body, helping to slow down or prevent atherosclerosis by reducing the buildup of plaque from cholesterol and other substances in the arteries. …


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Let’s spend 2020 getting #BackToGrainBasics and consuming more whole grains!

Do you find you’re struggling to eat more whole grains? Need suggestions on how to add them to your meal planning? Here’s a shortlist of whole-grain food items that you can include in your diet to help make 2020 a healthier year for you and your family.

  • Breakfast: Try Oatmeal in a Jar, whole-grain cereal, whole-grain toast, whole-grain bagels or oatmeal pancakes.
  • Lunch: Enjoy your sandwiches on whole-grain bread or wraps.
  • Snacks: Homemade wheat thins, whole-grain pretzels, Nut Free Soy Energy Bites are the perfect on the go snacks!
  • Dinner: Enjoy whole-grain rolls, try a barley salad, have brown rice instead of white rice, try whole-grain pasta or add barley into your soups and stews. …

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