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 …

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 …

The Vital Role Chemicals have for Current Agriculture

Since the World Health Organization’s International Agency of Research on Cancer (IARC) decision to classify five pesticides as carcinogenic (last week’s SAIFood blog believes this is an error) there has been a hubbub around pesticide use, particularly glyphosate (Roundup). One message that the environmental movement is strongly advancing is that …