Monday, April 29, 2013

When will CFC comply?

I have been seeking information from Chicken Farmers of Canada ("CFC") since March 4, 2013.  The original letter I sent CFC is available here

Here we are, 56 days later and no response from CFC.  I have patiently waited, and sent 3 follow-up emails to Mr. Mike Dungate, Executive Director, Chicken Farmers of Canada, politely requesting CFC's answers.

Talking with CFC is like talking to a chicken:   it tends to be a 1-way conversation.  I know, for I speak to my chickens every day in soft, soothing tones; for I believe it minimizes the bird's stress.

The latest email to CFC requesting an answer is available here  The red areas were redacted for protecting the privacy of others who received a copy of this email.

I suspect CFC doesn't want to answer my questions because they realize their answers will be worse than silence.  Perhaps CFC agrees with Mark Twain:

"It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt."
Mark Twain
US humorist, novelist, short story author, & wit (1835 - 1910)

I'm open to suggestions and feedback:
  • Will CFC eventually answer the questions?
  • What step will get CFC to answer the questions?
  • Will CFC's answers be worth the wait?

Friday, April 26, 2013

Ontario's Federally Inspected Abattoirs

I finally got the Federal plant data, and analyzed it.  You can see it plotted here via Google Fusion Tables:

The data is from CFIA's website here:

Note how most plants are crowded around Toronto.  Click on the map for a larger view, or use the link to create your own.

It would be nice if CFIA provided the latitude & longitude in their Excel spreadsheet table, so I and everybody else didn't need to spend 8 hours to get the data geogrid plottable in Google Maps.

Federally Inspected Meat Processing Facilities (Abattoirs)