Starvation or GMO Food Aid, Which Would You Prefer?

Playing politics over reducing chronic malnutrition & food insecurity, it’s time this ends! Every year, somewhere in the world, drought is an agricultural problem. Some years are mild, only impacting small areas in a few countries, while in other years entire regions are affected. Unfortunately for the African continent, due …

Withdraw Could be a Winning Solution for Developing Countries

The Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety is Holding Technological Innovations Hostage[shareaholic app=”share_buttons” id=”15180628″][printfriendly]In 2000, negotiators adopted the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (CPB). The CPB was a supplementary agreement to the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity coming into effect in 2003. Its purpose was to manage international trade in GMOs. While …

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New Research Collection on Innovations in Agriculture and Food[shareaholic app=”share_buttons” id=”15180628″][printfriendly] Genetically modified (GM) crops were first commercially available 18 years ago. Over this time, the technology has been applied to 15 different types of food crops (as of 2015). GM crops have been grown in 28 different countries during …

The Small Gift of Microfinancing Makes for a Big Difference

Helping others with microfinanced loans[shareaholic app=”share_buttons” id=”15180628″][printfriendly]It’s the season of giving and there are various non-profit organizations seeking donations, volunteers and financial support such as local food bank, Red Cross, World Vision, and Gifts of Hope. These organizations are looking for support all year round! One option that doesn’t receive …

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 …

The Cost of Regulatory Delays on Agriculture Innovations

How Political Interference is Jeopardizing Agriculture Research in Developing Countries In Canada, the regulatory approval of all new crop varieties is done using science as a basis of comparison. New varieties have to be at least as good as existing varieties in terms of yield, disease resistance, and other agronomic …