Even in the most famous left field of all, it can still be pretty lonely
  



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notes from LeftField

  • Truth in Advertising?
    I'm really tired of the A&W ads (among others) deceiving consumers and making conventional agriculture look like it's producing unhealthy food. And my kids are getting tired of my fruitless rants at the TV. In contrast, it was refreshing to see our local butcher shop handing out leaflets that show the miniscule estrogen content in beef compared to many other common foods. They're using honesty, a novel marketing tactic. But let's face it; they can't match the marketing budget of the major fast food chain that uses trickery (a more common marketing tactic) to manipulate consumers, and throws farmers under the bus. Maybe I should "inject" some honesty by dropping off some of those leaflets at my neighbourhood A&W. But that would mean stepping inside, something I've resolved never to do again.
  • Rail Rant

    It may be heresy to say so, but I’m not a fan of last year’s federal government action on rail service. Putting a spotlight on the problem probably helped kickstart grain shipping, but the cynic in me thinks the legislation’s timing in April actually had more to do with increasing rail movement. The problem with almost any government action is there are unintended negative consequences. Take for example the legislation to limit cell phone contracts to two years. Sounded good but the phone companies simply charged more for phones and the net impact was zero. The rail legislation pushed more cars to Vancouver and Thunder Bay but left other parts of the industry seriously under-served. Just ask shippers of oats and flax to the US or producer car loaders how badly the ham-handed legislation hurt their business. One thing needed is an independent clearinghouse of all rail orders and car availability. Yes I realize that requires more government legislation, but it would improve on last year’s whack-a-mole approach that started the unproductive spitting match between grain handlers and grain movers that helps no one.

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