How Genomics is Changing Plant Breeding

From the Human Genome Project to plant breeding, genomic research is here to stay   The desire to know more about how genomes work has attracted thousands of researchers as well as billions of investment dollars. Advances in computers, biology and information sharing have revolutionized how plant breeding is now …

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 …

How Chemical Use Has Changed in Prairie Agriculture

Environmental groups that are opposed to the use of innovative crop technologies such as genetically modified (GM) crops that are herbicide tolerant (HT), frequently like to proclaim that the use of these crops has resulted in a substantial increase in chemical use. The simple answer to this is, yes, chemical …

A(mbiguous) & W(rong)

I miss A&W’s onion rings. The reason I miss them is that I no longer buy food at their chain of restaurants. A&W has initiated a marketing campaign that misleads consumers about beef production in Canada and, for this reason, I have chosen to give my business to their competitors.[caption id=”attachment_427″ …

Benefits of GM crops: Which voice to listen to?

Genetically modified (GM) crops have been identified by many groups and organizations, including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, as an important tool, essential in working towards reducing the global food insecurity and land supply problems. In spite of considerable negative media attention regarding the safety of GM crops, there …

Human Health Benefits of Genetically Modified Flax Oil

Could a genetically modified flax oil help treat breast cancer? The health benefits of flax consumption, such as the prevention of cardiovascular diseases, have been known for some time. A recent collaborative research article between the Universities of Alberta and Saskatchewan, extend the potential of these benefits even further, finding …