Evolution of Plant Breeding

Moving from random, untargeted mutagenesis to specific, targeted mutagenesis Humans have been breeding plants for millennia. Our ancestors began to domesticate plants (and animals) at least 10,000 years ago, allowing nomadic tribes to become stationary and form communities as they no longer had to pursue their food. Only in the …

The Wild and Whacky Summer of 2018, And I Don’t Mean the Weather

Who holds the future of agriculture, farmers or the courts? What a summer! I’m not talking about a whirlwind vacation, a summer full of events or even this weather in which our forecasters have given up on science for accurate reports and turned to consulting a Ouija board in a vain …

Innovating Canada’s Wheat Supply Chain

A classrooms look at how to innovate an entire ag commodity industry Canada has been called the ‘breadbasket of the world’, but those claims have diminished over time, as other crops like canola now account for the greatest number of acres. So how can we increase interest in wheat? This …

Removing Livestock Damages Sustainability

Ecosystems require livestock to be healthy In the discussion of future food security and climate change, a common statement made by eNGOs is that one of our staple food sources, livestock protein, needs to be eliminated from human consumption to meet future food demands as well as GHG emission targets. …

Sinking Billions of Dollars into the Ground Each Spring

Planting crops requires billions to be invested months prior to reaping harvest profits As spring begins to hint at its arrival, farmers across the country are busy getting ready to start seeding Canada’s millions of crop acres over the next two months. This spring, Saskatchewan farmers will seed over 40% …

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 …