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. …

Community Gardens- Fad or Fabulous?

Interest in community gardens has increased dramatically over the last decade. Community gardens are commonplace in many urban centers across the country, which may leave some people wondering why they are so popular. In my own experience with a small community garden in Saskatoon, I’ve seen firsthand how the variety …

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% …

The Cost of Your Neighbour’s Weeds

John Deere 4730 Spraying Soybeans By: Andrew Mitchell, University of Saskatchewan Student Driving down the grid roads around our farm this summer, I couldn’t help but notice the amount of kochia and thistle in a neighbour’s (I want to say flax, but it was near impossible to tell) crop, and …

The Dawning of a New Era in Plant Breeding

Gene Editing and Plant Biotechnology Gene editing technologies have emerged from the broader field of agricultural biotechnology, sometimes referred to as the gene revolution of agriculture. Gene editing allows for single gene-specific mutation, while standard mutagenic breeding resulted in tens of thousands of gene mutations. Mutagenesis has been used in …

What are the Environmental and Human Health Impacts of GM Corn?

A report on 21 years of GM corn data The first commercial production of GM corn was in the USA in 1995. In the subsequent 20+ years, the abundance of production data has provided the opportunity to begin to undertake a large meta-analysis of multiple publications. A meta-analysis takes the …

The Cost of Australia’s GM Canola Moratorium

Originally posted September 20, 2016 With great pleasure SAIFood is re-posting this blog to announce the publication of the original researched used for this blog post. In January, GM Crops & Foods has published “The economic and environmental cost of delayed GM crop adoption: The case of australia’s GM canola moratorium” by Scott …

Organic… or is it?

Organic label controversy By Gordon Willison, University of Saskatchewan Student For some, organic farming is a controversial topic, there are serious issues regarding the trade policies that the United States imposes on organic imports. Canada and the U.S. have an agreement of equivalency (USCOEA) that ensures organic imports are assessed …

How evidence and knowledge built GM crop regulatory frameworks

By Savannah Gleim & Stuart Smyth What came first, science or regulation? When you think about safety, you might think that regulation should lead science. Yet, it frequently happens the other way around. Science often outpaces regulation, resulting in rules and assessments needing to be developed to ensure safety. When …

Our Canadian Agriculture Success Story

By Robert Wager, Vancouver Island University I’ve had the great pleasure of being a faculty member of the Biology Department of Vancouver Island University for the past 23 years.  My area of research is agricultural biotechnology with an emphasis on public outreach.  The world has seen a great change in …