2017 Cow Pie Awards

Congratulations to this year’s SAIFood Cow Pie Award recipients! This year, perhaps more than others has witnessed the shameless exploitation of consumers for corporate greed. This was particularly evident in the area of food labels designed to mislead consumers. In light of the food industries lack of respect for consumers, the …

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 …

GMOs vs Mutagenesis Plant Breeding

Which does the public believe is more natural? Far too often, academics remain secluded within the walls of their ‘ivory towers’, unaware of the interests and concerns of society. An example of this was provided in the fall of 2017, with the release of a survey finding that 58% of …

Food Printing: Is it the Future or a Fad?

Food has historically brought us together, but will 3D food printing cause us to lose those connections? The development of 3D (three-dimensional) printer technology has led to some spectacular things from customized tools to cars. The process of printing layer on top of layers has turned regular 2D paper printers …

Indicting Greenpeace for Crimes Against Agriculture

Webcasting a University of Saskatchewan classroom debate I’ve been in agriculture all my life. I grew up on a mixed farm with a cow-calf herd of 125 and a section of land. While I no longer farm myself, my relatives still do. Now my daily involvement is through the research …

Innovating Your Supper Staple: Potatoes

Will disease devastate spud production? The ease of growing and storing potatoes allowed it to spread around the world and onto our cultural menu. The delicious spud, McDonald’s #1 selling items are their French fries (and Big Mac, together accounted for 75% of worldwide sales in 2007), reached European cuisine …