What is the Common Agricultural Policy?

Common Agricultural Policy and the European agriculture crisis By Noémie Nohara, Masters Graduate from Polytech Paris-UPMC   The Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) is a European agricultural policy implemented throughout the European Union and created in 1957 via the Treaty of Rome. The common agricultural policy has several goals such as:  To do …

Taking an Axe to the Carbon Tax

How the Carbon Tax Will Affect Agriculture By MacKenzie Henn, University of Saskatchewan Student   There is no doubt that environmental sustainability is a hot topic and there are always innovations and policies being created to improve the environmental sustainability of our planet. Last year Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced …

Biotech soybeans in Romania: Loss of benefits since EU accession

By Graham Brookes, PG Economics Ltd, UK   When Romania joined the European Union (EU) in 2007 and adopted EU policies, its farmers were no longer allowed to use GM herbicide tolerant (to the herbicide glyphosate) soybeans that many had been using since original authorisation in 1999.  Ten years on, …

Storytelling 2.0: The next generation in outreach and communication

By Cami Ryan Storytelling today requires a whole new level of agility and ingenuity. We humans depend upon our close personal networks for social survival (acceptance). Our personal identities are inextricably tied to our social networks. As communicators, we must find ways to share our stories that won’t alienate our …

Consumer Pressure Leads to Misguided Policy

By Brandon Leffler, University of Saskatchewan student Recently, the use of herbicides as a sustainable means of crop protection has come into the public eye. Based on social pressures and non-scientific pressures, governments are now looking at how herbicides are regulated. In particular, glyphosate has become the herbicide to target. Based …