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 …

Winners and Losers from GM Technologies and the Policy Response in the Organic Good Market

Our very own Stuart Smyth of SAIFood and his colleagues of the University of Saskatchewan, William Kerr & Peter Phillips, have just been published in the June issue of the Journal Sustainability. Take the time to read the articles abstract below or click the title to continue to an open …

Coexistence

Managing the Production of Conventional, GM & Organic Crops The ability to produce conventional, GM or organic crops is important to all farmers, regardless of which option they choose. While farmers are quite capable of managing production on their farms, the transportation and international trade of bulk grain commodities provide …

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 …