Organic… or is it?

Organic label controversy By Gordon Willison, University of Saskatchewan Student For some, organic farming is a controversial topic, there are serious issues regarding the trade policies that the United States imposes on organic imports. Canada and the U.S. have an agreement of equivalency (USCOEA) that ensures organic imports are assessed …

How evidence and knowledge built GM crop regulatory frameworks

By Savannah Gleim & Stuart Smyth What came first, science or regulation? When you think about safety, you might think that regulation should lead science. Yet, it frequently happens the other way around. Science often outpaces regulation, resulting in rules and assessments needing to be developed to ensure safety. When …

Our Canadian Agriculture Success Story

By Robert Wager, Vancouver Island University I’ve had the great pleasure of being a faculty member of the Biology Department of Vancouver Island University for the past 23 years.  My area of research is agricultural biotechnology with an emphasis on public outreach.  The world has seen a great change in …

Becoming Club Resistant Root in Western Canada

By: Justin Cay, University of Saskatchewan Student Canola is a large cash crop in Western Canada. While wheat and barley pay the bills, canola makes a profit. According to the Canola Council of Canada, canola contributes $26.7 billion to the Canadian economy annually, providing 250,000 jobs. Of that, $12.22 billion economic …

Has organ transplant science gone hog wild?

The need for organ transplants is growing at a rate that needs to be urgently addressed In 2016, 18 of every 100,000 Canadians needed an organ transplant. Of these 6,700 individuals, 260 died waiting for transplants, 409 withdrew from the list, 3,135 went into 2017 awaiting a transplant and 2,903 …

Planning a better future for farmers

By: Corey Serhan, University of Saskatchewan Student     Farmers and ranchers today are covering many acres with help from new technology. With new technologies coming into agriculture, the government and the public are becoming increasingly worried about their environmental impact and the land we farm. That is why policies and programs …