GMOs vs Mutagenesis Plant Breeding

Which does the public believe is more natural? Far too often, academics remain secluded within the walls of their ‘ivory towers’, unaware of the interests and concerns of society. An example of this was provided in the fall of 2017, with the release of a survey finding that 58% of …

Indicting Greenpeace for Crimes Against Agriculture

Webcasting a University of Saskatchewan classroom debate I’ve been in agriculture all my life. I grew up on a mixed farm with a cow-calf herd of 125 and a section of land. While I no longer farm myself, my relatives still do. Now my daily involvement is through the research …

Private Sector Funding of University Research Worth $7 Billion a Year

Is this a corruption of academic freedoms or simply how research is done in the 21st century? Many of the things you have done today have been made possible through innovation. Innovations have become crucial to our daily lives and will continue to improve our lives into the future. Innovations …

The Attack of the Killer Non-GMO Verified Tomatoes

I’ve been frustrated by the ‘verification’ labelling of non-GMO foods which fail to have GMO equivalents in the market. This past summer I decided to share these frustrations with the CFIA regarding the labelling of cherry tomatoes. I submitted a complaint to the CFIA about the non-GMO labelling of cherry …

Communicating the Benefits of Agriculture Innovations

Originally posted October 11, 2017 VIEWFROMTHERANCHPORCH As a professor in the College of Agriculture and Bioresources at the University of Saskatchewan, there are two things that make my job one of the best in the world, sharing the results of farmer surveys and teaching farm kids. I receive several invitations, …

Feeding a Future Population of 9-11 Billion

The immense challenge facing us all While the science of increasing food security continues to make advancements, the politics of technology options for feeding a future population is increasingly hostile. The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has estimated that yield increases of 2% per year are required to feed a …