The Cost of Your Neighbour’s Weeds

John Deere 4730 Spraying Soybeans By: Andrew Mitchell, University of Saskatchewan Student Driving down the grid roads around our farm this summer, I couldn’t help but notice the amount of kochia and thistle in a neighbour’s (I want to say flax, but it was near impossible to tell) crop, and …

Feeding the World is NOT a 2050 Issue, it’s a NOW Issue

Calorie deficiency is closer than we think, how can nutritionally modifying plants help? The challenge of feeding 9 billion people by 2050 has been widely communicated. Agriculture knows this will require investment, innovation and change. Sara Menker, founder and CEO of Gro Intelligence, evaluated this issue, discovering it’s not 2050 …

Local Foods Providing Education and Connections

By: Andie Hadway, University of Saskatchewan Student Many Canadians want to ensure they are purchasing the best food possible for themselves and their families. The problem facing Canadians is that many of them are not informed enough about the production process of their food. Purchasing food from local farmers connects consumers and …

The Dawning of a New Era in Plant Breeding

Gene Editing and Plant Biotechnology Gene editing technologies have emerged from the broader field of agricultural biotechnology, sometimes referred to as the gene revolution of agriculture. Gene editing allows for single gene-specific mutation, while standard mutagenic breeding resulted in tens of thousands of gene mutations. Mutagenesis has been used in …

The Good, The Bad, the Issue & Importance of Dicamba’s Use in Agriculture

By: Baxter Watson, University of Saskatchewan Student The Issue There is no doubt that dicamba works to kill weeds, but policy changes restricting the use of the chemical could limit or even take it out of the hands of farmers. The herbicide is effective, while it, can also be difficult …

What are the Environmental and Human Health Impacts of GM Corn?

A report on 21 years of GM corn data The first commercial production of GM corn was in the USA in 1995. In the subsequent 20+ years, the abundance of production data has provided the opportunity to begin to undertake a large meta-analysis of multiple publications. A meta-analysis takes the …

The Cost of Australia’s GM Canola Moratorium

Originally posted September 20, 2016 With great pleasure SAIFood is re-posting this blog to announce the publication of the original researched used for this blog post. In January, GM Crops & Foods has published “The economic and environmental cost of delayed GM crop adoption: The case of australia’s GM canola moratorium” by Scott …

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 …