Innovation and Farm Labour

[shareaholic app=”share_buttons” id=”15180628″]For as long as there has been innovation, it has displaced labour. Innovations often improve the efficiency of technology, reducing the cost of production and the labour required to produce the products. Agriculture is no different in this than any other industry sector. Following World War II was …

Robots in the Rhubarb

Technology Innovations are Transforming Farming Two weeks ago, I was in Melbourne, Australia participating in the Agricultural Bioscience International Conference. It was an excellent conference and I found one topic particularly interesting, the technical advancements in applying autonomous technology to farming. Did you know that every field in the United …

Our Tasty Brains

Could our brains be wired for unhealthy food choices?[shareaholic app=”share_buttons” id=”15180628″]Last fall, I attended a behavioural economics conference in Denmark, where guest speaker Antonio Rangel, a professor at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), discussed his results from a neurobiology and economic study on how people make value-based decisions. Dr. …

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, …