This past weekend I had the privledge of joining a number of food bloggers and media folks at a very special announcement made by Modern Steak Owner, Stephen Deere. Stephen along with the owner of Benchmark Farms, Michael Munton shared a new joint venture - Modern Steak has bought a bull! This means that offspring from this bull will be used as one of the meat sources for Modern Steak, tying the consumer directly to the producer. A cradle-to-cradle consumption model.
For the past few days I have been in the Ottawa area attending the Imagine Canada/Volunteer Canada forum on Business & Community. During this time I have had the opportunity to meet with social change agents in the non-profit sector and their funders (corporate and government). While the conversations were interesting the needs of these organizations are great, there was a distinct gap in the dialogue. I feel that missing from the table were Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (who make up approximately 80% of Canada's business market-place) and For-Profit Social Enterprises (there was representation from non-profit social enterprieses).