Has McDonald’s Gone Nuts?

Canadian’s newest beef with chain restaurants is nuts! [shareaholic app=”share_buttons” id=”15180628″][printfriendly]When Earl’s Restaurant chain announced they were moving to use humane certified beef and A&W advertised their use of hormone-free beef, many of us were highly critical over the sourcing of non-Canadian beef. Their marketing suggested that these ‘alternative’ means …

Science of Risk & the Influences of Politics

United Nations Biodiversity Conference[shareaholic app=”share_buttons” id=”15180628″][printfriendly] At what point does prevention and precaution trump science and innovation? Depending on who one asks, the responses would run the full gamut from never to always. My view is that as long as the identifiable risks can be adequately addressed, then one should …

Risk versus Knowledge

Framing what is known against what is not Society is challenged, and at times troubled, as it grapples with what is known and what it not. Determining between fact and fiction helps understand risk. For society, uncertainty is not new but its importance has increased in the modern day. Thomas …

Tummy-Turning

Food poisoning is more serious than you might think Remember this commercial, with the “tummy turning” bug picked up while travelling? While we’re concerned about catching foodborne illnesses/diseases whilst travelling, people are less aware that these bugs are not just “far from home trip spoiling bugs”, they’re everywhere. Recently the World …

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 …

#2 Post of the Year: Risk Management vs. Risk Avoidance:

Who to Believe in the Glyphosate Debate?Have you heard? Glyphosate could kill you. Well, that’s not the full story, but it caught your attention didn’t it? On March 20th the World Health Organization (WHO) released a report by the International Agency of Research on Cancer (IARC). The IARC had assessed …

Risky Business

Regulation of Satan’s drink to GMOs Cultures have struggled with innovations for centuries. The risk associated with change and the unknown, whether real or perception, is sometimes so great that society revolts or prolongs acceptance. At times, change is just too much of a ‘risky business’. No not like Tom …