Social media is here to stay. I thought it was going to be a passing fad when it first started only a few years ago, but that obviously was wrong. New platforms are constantly evolving and Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat are going strong. My personal belief is that only positive content should be shared on these forums. I use social media to connect with my kids, my friends, family, business associates and to simply enjoy it. While social media is a fast and engaging way to make your views known or just to like someone else’s post; nothing really beats a face-to-face conversation.
Probably no one has missed how social and conventional media, have made #supplymanagement household words over that last few weeks. Donald Trump made access to the Canadian dairy industry his personal mission and the entire supply management industry is disappointed the Canadian government has not protected this unique system and is allowing more foreign dairy, eggs, chicken, and turkey into our country. The concessions offer very little value to Canadian consumers who overwhelmingly prefer #canadianeggs. In fact, nearly 90% agree it’s important that the eggs they purchase are produced in Canada. Many Canadians are unaware that the United States already enjoys a net trade surplus to the tune of $54.4 million CAD, alone on the export of eggs.
What does all this mean for you, the consumers? With larger access granted to the US, I will produce less local, fresh eggs. Eggs from the United States are not produced with the same food safety and animal welfare standards that are mandatory here. Less egg production means I purchase less from my local feed mill and suppliers. My workers are impacted by the reduction of work and I hope no one needs to lose their job. Farmers are at the core of our rural communities and the trickle-down effects are tremendous. Multiply this effect by the 1000 rural egg farms across the country as well as the thousands of dairy, chicken and turkey farms.
As we come up to the Thanksgiving weekend, show some love to your local Canadian farmers by posting with the hashtag #thankafarmer.
Here’s a rundown on what my Thanksgiving table will feature:
- A non-traditional pork loin roast, from Canadian pork farmers @passionforpork
- Cranberry relish produced by BC growers @bccranberries
- Mashed potatoes, courtesy of my friends and neighbor’s veggie patch and made with real butter and cream from Canadian dairy farmers
- Salad made with lettuce, tomatoes and cucumbers grown by Lethbridge and area farmers who supply the https://www.redhatco-op.com , as well as goat cheese made by Woolwich Dairy Inc. woolwichdairy.com (found at Costco!) Dressing made with canola oil
- Homemade buns made with #prairiegrownwheat
- Cooked carrots grown by Leffers Bros in Lethbridge
- Pickles (made with home-grown cucumbers)
- Pumpkin pie made with a sugar pumpkin grown by my friend Kate and her family @somersetfarmspumpkins, served with real whipped cream made by Alberta dairy farmers
If you want to learn more about what our farmers and industry do and support local food, please follow us on Facebook at Egg Farmers of Alberta, on Twitter @EFA_AB_eggs and on Instagram eggfarmersalberta
Have a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving with your family and friends!