Environmental Colonialism

How environmental activists work to keep the poor, poor. Environmental non-governmental organizations (eNGOs) loudly proclaim biotechnology and genetically modified (GM) crops provide no benefits. These eNGOs exhibit no moral conflict in proclaiming themselves the true stewards of land and nature, protectors of all that sustains humanity, while denying subsistence farmers …

Hybridization, breeding and hybrid cultivars

By: Graham Scoles, Ph.D., PAg Hybridization Hybridization refers to the natural or deliberate pollination between two plants.  It occurs all the time in the wild as many plants are cross-pollinated and when the pollen from one plant lands on the stigma of another plant, and if fertilization is successful in …

Four diverse views of the bioeconomy

This past June we at SAIFood (Stuart & Savannah) travelled to Italy for the 19th International Consortium for Applied Bioeconomy Research (ICABR) conference. The conference was a great success as a result of an array of attendants, abundant discussion, plus of course the perks of the Amalfi coasts beautiful scenery, …

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 …