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Indicting Greenpeace for Crimes Against Agriculture

In "Indicting Greenpeace for Crimes Against Agriculture" Stuart promised to make his student's mock trial debates available online. Each student group were randomly assigned a statement and the responsibility to either defend or prosecute in a live trial. 

The students in this debate statement may be defending and prosecuting statements that do not align with their personal views and this should be taken into consideration when viewing this debate.

The trials will continue 8:30 am CST live on Facebook on November 23, 28 and 30, 2017. The student jury will present their verdicts on December 5th and can be viewed along with the other debate videos.

Tuesday November 21st: Day 1 of the Crimes Against Agriculture

Stuart’s introduction to the trial assignment

The students in this debate may be defending and/or prosecuting statements that do not align with their own personal views and should be taken into consideration when viewing this debate.Comments are closed during the trial until after the jury has reached their verdicts. #usaskagpolicy251 #CrimesAgainstAgriculture

Posted by Agri-Food Innovation on Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Debate Statement 1: Ecological farming can produce 30 percent more food per hectare than other farming options.

The students in this debate may be defending and/or prosecuting statements that do not align with their own personal views and should be taken into consideration when viewing this debate.Comments are closed during the trial until after the jury has reached their verdicts. #usaskagpolicy251 #CrimesAgainstAgriculture

Posted by Agri-Food Innovation on Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Debate Statement 2: Agricultural fertilizers are killing our rivers, lakes and oceans.

The students in this debate may be defending and/or prosecuting statements that do not align with their own personal views and should be taken into consideration when viewing this debate.Comments are closed during the trial until after the jury has reached their verdicts. #usaskagpolicy251 #CrimesAgainstAgriculture

Posted by Agri-Food Innovation on Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Debate Statement 3: Pesticides are responsible for an estimated 200,000 acute poisoning deaths each year.

The students in this debate may be defending and/or prosecuting statements that do not align with their own personal views and should be taken into consideration when viewing this debate.Comments are closed during the trial until after the jury has reached their verdicts. #usaskagpolicy251 #CrimesAgainstAgriculture

Posted by Agri-Food Innovation on Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Debate Statement 4: GM crops are not safe for humans and the environment as there has been no long term or human testing.

The students in this debate may be defending and/or prosecuting statements that do not align with their own personal views and should be taken into consideration when viewing this debate.Comments are closed during the trial until after the jury has reached their verdicts. #usaskagpolicy251 #CrimesAgainstAgriculture

Posted by Agri-Food Innovation on Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Thursday November 23rd: Day 2 of the Crimes Against Agriculture

Debate Statement 5: Industrial ag is a system that results in more and more inhumane treatment of livestock.

The students in this debate may be defending and/or prosecuting statements that do not align with their own personal views and should be taken into consideration when viewing this debate.Comments are closed during the trial until after the jury has reached their verdicts. #usaskagpolicy251 #CrimesAgainstAgriculture

Posted by Agri-Food Innovation on Thursday, November 23, 2017

Debate Statement 6: Monsanto’s super popular weed killer, Roundup, probably causes cancer and should be banned.

The students in this debate may be defending and/or prosecuting statements that do not align with their own personal views and should be taken into consideration when viewing this debate.Comments are closed during the trial until after the jury has reached their verdicts. #usaskagpolicy251 #CrimesAgainstAgriculture

Posted by Agri-Food Innovation on Thursday, November 23, 2017

Debate Statement 7: GM crops shouldn’t be released into the environment as there is no adequate science understanding on either the environment or human health. GMOs should not be released into the environment since there is not an adequate scientific understanding of their impact on the environment and human health.

The students in this debate may be defending and/or prosecuting statements that do not align with their own personal views and should be taken into consideration when viewing this debate.Comments are closed during the trial until after the jury has reached their verdicts. #usaskagpolicy251 #CrimesAgainstAgriculture

Posted by Agri-Food Innovation on Thursday, November 23, 2017

Debate Statement 8: CETA – Canada has weaker food safety standards than the EU. Trade deal gives North American corporations tools to weaken European standards regarding growth hormones, chemical washes, GMOs, animal cloning, and Country of Origin labelling.

The students in this debate may be defending and/or prosecuting statements that do not align with their own personal views and should be taken into consideration when viewing this debate.Comments are closed during the trial until after the jury has reached their verdicts. #usaskagpolicy251 #CrimesAgainstAgriculture

Posted by Agri-Food Innovation on Thursday, November 23, 2017
Tuesday, November 28th: Day 3 of the Crimes Against Agriculture

Debate Statement 9: GM crops have failed to deliver on their yield increase promises and are not profitable for farmers.

The students in this debate may be defending and/or prosecuting statements that do not align with their own personal views and should be taken into consideration when viewing this debate.Comments are closed during the trial until after the jury has reached their verdicts. #usaskagpolicy251 #CrimesAgainstAgriculture

Posted by Agri-Food Innovation on Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Debate Statement 10: Greenpeace encourages the reduction of weekly consumption of meat at least to half (as a start) as it wastes natural resources.

The students in this debate may be defending and/or prosecuting statements that do not align with their own personal views and should be taken into consideration when viewing this debate.Comments are closed during the trial until after the jury has reached their verdicts. #usaskagpolicy251 #CrimesAgainstAgriculture

Posted by Agri-Food Innovation on Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Debate Statement 11: Neonicotinoid pesticides pose serious risks not only to honeybees, but also to many other species, according to a scientific review published today by Greenpeace.

The students in this debate may be defending and/or prosecuting statements that do not align with their own personal views and should be taken into consideration when viewing this debate.Comments are closed during the trial until after the jury has reached their verdicts. #usaskagpolicy251 #CrimesAgainstAgriculture

Posted by Agri-Food Innovation on Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Debate Statement 12: Monsanto is the world’s top producer of GMO seeds, which are designed to resist the toxic weedkiller RoundUp, also sold by Monsanto. As a result, the use of toxic herbicides like Roundup has increased 15 times since GMOs were introduced.

The students in this debate may be defending and/or prosecuting statements that do not align with their own personal views and should be taken into consideration when viewing this debate.Comments are closed during the trial until after the jury has reached their verdicts.#usaskagpolicy251 #CrimesAgainstAgriculture

Posted by Agri-Food Innovation on Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Debate Statement 13: What most people don’t know is the connection between GMOs and pesticides, there are a growing number of studies which have associated certain pesticides with increased cancer risk and with diseases such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s, especially amongst those with high exposures.

The students in this debate may be defending and/or prosecuting statements that do not align with their own personal views and should be taken into consideration when viewing this debate.Comments are closed during the trial until after the jury has reached their verdicts.#usaskagpolicy251 #CrimesAgainstAgriculture

Posted by Agri-Food Innovation on Tuesday, November 28, 2017
Thursday, November 30th: Day 4 of the Crimes Against Agriculture

Debate Statement 14: Giant corporations sue small farms when patented GMO seeds accidentally blow into their fields

The students in this debate may be defending and/or prosecuting statements that do not align with their own personal views and should be taken into consideration when viewing this debate.Comments are closed during the trial until after the jury has reached their verdicts. #usaskagpolicy251 #CrimesAgainstAgriculture

Posted by Agri-Food Innovation on Thursday, November 30, 2017

Debate Statement 15: Controlling glyphosate resistant superweeds is a huge problem for farmers.

The students in this debate may be defending and/or prosecuting statements that do not align with their own personal views and should be taken into consideration when viewing this debate.Comments are closed during the trial until after the jury has reached their verdicts. #usaskagpolicy251 #CrimesAgainstAgriculture

Posted by Agri-Food Innovation on Thursday, November 30, 2017

Debate Statement 16: Golden rice is a proposed but not practically viable crop solution for vitamin deficiency that has never been brought to market. It is also environmentally irresponsible and could compromise food, nutrition and financial security.

The students in this debate may be defending and/or prosecuting statements that do not align with their own personal views and should be taken into consideration when viewing this debate.Comments are closed during the trial until after the jury has reached their verdicts. #usaskagpolicy251 #CrimesAgainstAgriculture

Posted by Agri-Food Innovation on Thursday, November 30, 2017

Debate Statement 17: Modern agriculture depletes and pollutes the soil.

The students in this debate may be defending and/or prosecuting statements that do not align with their own personal views and should be taken into consideration when viewing this debate.Comments are closed during the trial until after the jury has reached their verdicts. #usaskagpolicy251 #CrimesAgainstAgriculture

Posted by Agri-Food Innovation on Thursday, November 30, 2017
.... Tuesday, December 5th: Jury Verdicts of the Crimes Against Agriculture

Live 8:30 am CST Live on Facebook

Emerging Technologies for Global Food Security Conference

June 15, 2016

Dr. Stuart Smyth had the opportunity to present at the GIFS Conference on Mobilization to the Developing World, June 14th - 16th, 2016 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.


Stuart Smyth had the opportunity to sit down with Dan Yates from The Western Producer to discuss food safety.

Canada has world-class food safety system

April 9, 2015 

As a United Nations organization put a spotlight on global food safety issues, a Saskatchewan-based researcher had high praise for Canada’s system of checks and balances.

The World Health Organization used its annual World Health Day last week to focus on issues of food-borne illnesses and safety risks in global supply chains that ship meat and livestock, fruits and vegetables and bulk commodities around the world.

The UN agency released findings from an upcoming study that found 582 million cases food-borne illnesses in 2010, which resulted in 351,000 deaths. Salmonella, E. coli and norovirus were the most common of the 22 food-borne illnesses reported.

....read the full article at The Western Producer