Our Tasty Brains

Could our brains be wired for unhealthy food choices?[shareaholic app=”share_buttons” id=”15180628″]Last fall, I attended a behavioural economics conference in Denmark, where guest speaker Antonio Rangel, a professor at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), discussed his results from a neurobiology and economic study on how people make value-based decisions. Dr. …

The Changing Nature of Funding University Research

The Important Role Private Company Funding Plays Thirty years ago, university research was funded primarily through federal and provincial government grants. This research was frequently referred to as ‘blue sky research’, as academics weren’t required to be concerned about the commercial potential of the research outcomes. Successive Liberal and Conservative …

Potential Solution to Managing Asynchronous Approvals

Urgent need to address a $1 billion/year problem One challenge for agriculture in the past few years has been the variation in approvals times of new crop varieties, particularly genetically modified (GM) crop varieties. Typically, a new GM plant variety is submitted for approval in multiple countries at the same …

How GM papaya saved Hawaii’s papaya industry

The lush tropical islands of the Hawaiian chain are an ideal place to grow fruit. Climate conditions that provide in excess of 100 inches of rain per year, an abundance of sunshine and ideal soil conditions, allow for the production of many delicious varieties of fruit. Papaya is the second …

The Real Message in the ‘March Against Monsanto’

Protestors implying that farmers are bad stewards of their land This past weekend’s third annual worldwide event of the ‘March Against Monsanto’ signifies how disconnected average consumers are from the people responsible for producing the food we eat: farmers. For those of you not aware Monsanto is an agriculture company …

How Genomics is Changing Plant Breeding

From the Human Genome Project to plant breeding, genomic research is here to stay   The desire to know more about how genomes work has attracted thousands of researchers as well as billions of investment dollars. Advances in computers, biology and information sharing have revolutionized how plant breeding is now …