Blacklegged Canadian Canola

What China’s Restrictions Mean to Canadian Producers By Kalene Kammer, University of Saskatchewan student On September 1, 2016, Canadian canola producers prepared themselves for new dockage restrictions placed by China on exported canola. Dockage refers to the readily removable foreign material that is removed from grain in the cleaning process. Previously, …

The Buzz on Neonicotinoids

By Kaytlin Robertson, University of Saskatchewan student Neonicotinoids are commonly used agricultural systemic pesticides typically applied to the seed and transferred through the vascular system to the rest of the plant, making all parts of it toxic to any insect that chews on it (LinkTV, 2012).  There is a public perception that …

Sustainability of Conventional vs Organic Farming

By Jordan McInnis, University of Saskatchewan student Background Organic farming is the oldest type of farming. It is farming without the use of any synthetic chemicals or industrial fertilizers. Conventional farming is farming with the use of GMO’s, chemicals, and fertilizers. Conventional farming is the more popular and common practice in …

Economic and Environmental Benefits from GM Crops in Colombia

By Diego Macall (Twitter: @DMM473 | Diego’s Blog: diegomacall.blogspot.ca/) Motivated by Céleres report   Colombia is in the process of ending a civil war and is taking steps towards social stabilization after many decades of violence. Along with this, changes within the agricultural sector have led to important socio-economic development throughout the country. …

What’s your Beef?

By Courtney Nestman, University of Saskatchewan student Implants Safe for Cattle and Consumers With the rise of social media and scare tactic marketing, many consumers are being unnecessarily driven away from eating beef. Hormones are used in beef production to produce leaner beef, improve feed efficiency, increase average daily gains, and …

Reason for Probable Change in Conversations of Glyphosate

By Lindsay Pollard, University of Saskatchewan  After an IARC decision, has 2A changed how we view glyphosate? In April 2015, SAIFood ran the blog, “Who to Believe in the Glyphosate Debate”, which looked at IARC’s classification of glyphosate as 2A, probably carcinogenic to humans. Since then the conversation around the chemical …

British Columbia’s Agricultural Land Reserve

To what extend should we support ARL?By Lindsay Pollard, University of Saskatchewan student British Columbia’s Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR) was put into place in 1973 to protect the 3.9% of the province’s agriculturally capable land and there has been a division between those for and against it ever since. Some …