Whose Duty is it?

Today producers in North America have a wide selection of seed options from which to choose. However,  the opportunity to grow some seed has come with a price.  Syngenta’s genetically modified (GM) corn Agrisure™ Viptera was commercially approved for production in 2010 in the United States (and later Agrisure DuradadeTM in 2012). …

The Changing Nature of Funding University Research

The Important Role Private Company Funding Plays Thirty years ago, university research was funded primarily through federal and provincial government grants. This research was frequently referred to as ‘blue sky research’, as academics weren’t required to be concerned about the commercial potential of the research outcomes. Successive Liberal and Conservative …

Environmental Colonialism

How environmental activists work to keep the poor, poor. Environmental non-governmental organizations (eNGOs) loudly proclaim biotechnology and genetically modified (GM) crops provide no benefits. These eNGOs exhibit no moral conflict in proclaiming themselves the true stewards of land and nature, protectors of all that sustains humanity, while denying subsistence farmers …

The Vital Role Chemicals have for Current Agriculture

Since the World Health Organization’s International Agency of Research on Cancer (IARC) decision to classify five pesticides as carcinogenic (last week’s SAIFood blog believes this is an error) there has been a hubbub around pesticide use, particularly glyphosate (Roundup). One message that the environmental movement is strongly advancing is that …