The Small Gift of Microfinancing Makes for a Big Difference

Helping others with microfinanced loans[shareaholic app=”share_buttons” id=”15180628″][printfriendly]It’s the season of giving and there are various non-profit organizations seeking donations, volunteers and financial support such as local food bank, Red Cross, World Vision, and Gifts of Hope. These organizations are looking for support all year round! One option that doesn’t receive Read more…

GM Salmon + AquaBounty

Will GM Salmon be a Sustainable Success, or Will it Flounder?

The Fishy Business of Rejecting Sustainable GM Salmon Science[shareaholic app=”share_buttons” id=”15180628″][printfriendly]The announcement on November 19th, 2015 of regulatory approval for genetically modified (GM) salmon highlights the communication gap about, and acceptance of, science. In case you were not aware, the US approved the commercial production and sale of AquaBounty Technologies, Read more…

When Will You Know What the TPP Means to You?

By: William A. Kerr Bioresourse Policy, Business and Economics, University of Saskatchewan, Canada In early October, Canada and eleven other countries reached agreement on a major trade liberalization initiative, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). The final agreement was accompanied by considerable theatre of negotiators threatening failure and negotiations continuing long after the Read more…

Still Hungry for Change

How Successful Has the World Been in Meeting the Millennium Development Goals?Source: Rahulkepapam, via Wikimedia Commons Fifteen years ago, the United Nations (UN) gathered the world’s leaders together to discuss moving toward building a global partnership for the 21st century that would, in particular, address extreme poverty, as well as Read more…

Our Tasty Brains

Could our brains be wired for unhealthy food choices?[shareaholic app=”share_buttons” id=”15180628″]Last fall, I attended a behavioural economics conference in Denmark, where guest speaker Antonio Rangel, a professor at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), discussed his results from a neurobiology and economic study on how people make value-based decisions. Dr. Read more…

Post Foods Consumer Scam

Is deceptive labelling deceiving you? The other morning when I sat down to breakfast, I was absolutely floored (literally, not physically!) by Post Foods’ deliberate attempt to deceive consumers. I’ve eaten Shredded Wheat for years and am both saddened and frustrated by their labelling attempt (more like marketing ploy) to Read more…