The Economics of Crop Damage

Losing a harvest can devastate a farm When the thought of crop loss comes to mind, it’s common to think of drought, flooding or hail, as these are certainly devastating. While they certainly are the most common losses for large-scale, bulk commodity production, the same can’t be said for smaller …

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 …

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 …

The Price of Animal Welfare: Economics of Humane Meat Certification

By Claire Williams, Animal and Poultry Science Student, University of Saskatchewan Despite the constant confusion, there is a difference between animal rights and animal welfare. Although these two terms are often used interchangeably, it is important to clarify the difference before I continue. Animal rights, the term commonly associated with …

Is being cooped up longer preferred?

Are slow-growing chickens better? By Dr Alison Van Eenennaam Originally posted on Biobeef Blog February 8, 2017 Many agricultural scientists research ways to make agriculture more sustainable. As a geneticist, I see genetics as a solution to many of the problems that farmers face, be that disease resistant plants and animals, or …

Could agriculture without chemicals mean a world without food?

United Nation’s Human Rights Council corrupted by environmental activists If you enjoy eating a broad palate of healthy, nutritious foods, then you can thank the contributions from agricultural chemicals. The use of chemicals in crop production allows farmers to produce up to 67% more food than would be the case …

What is the Common Agricultural Policy?

Common Agricultural Policy and the European agriculture crisis By Noémie Nohara, Masters Graduate from Polytech Paris-UPMC   The Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) is a European agricultural policy implemented throughout the European Union and created in 1957 via the Treaty of Rome. The common agricultural policy has several goals such as:  To do …