Holy Healthy Houseplant Batman!

Being indoors doesn’t mean you’re safe from air pollution. Canadian’s spending 90% of their time indoor, which means indoor air quality should be a growing concern for us Canadian. Being indoors so much exposes ourselves to volatile organic carcinogens (VOCs) like chloroform and benzene, which can have negative effects on our health. Research has recently genetically modified an ivy plant to help reduce such VOC exposure, yet its a long way from being your future houseplant.

Environment versus Agriculture

The conflict for eNGOs The production of food has environmental impacts, there is no way around this. For food crops, like grains, vegetables or fruits, one has to disturb the natural environment in order to get from planting to harvest. One simply can’t walk into a naturally grassy area, stick …

Considerations to transform nutrition & food issues

Five takeaways for better nutrition in South Asia—and beyond By: Felipe F. Dizon & Anna Leigh Josephson This content was originally published on the World Bank End Poverty in South Asia Blog. Together with more than 1,500 academics, scientists, and policymakers, we participated last week in the Rice Olympics. The event—formally …

Organics are an ideal idea

But how does it measure up on paper? If you haven’t noticed, SAIFood often focuses on GMOs, which may come across as opposition to organic. This isn’t the intent. Like GM production, organics are a system of increasingly sustainable agricultural practices, they’re just grown under different measures. Similarly to conventional …

Still Unsure of Climate Change? Take to the Forest for Proof

Could insect resistant trees mitigate forest fires? One of the most significant results from climate change in the forestry sector has been the migration of insects, like the spruce wood budworm and mountain pine beetle. Warmer winters have allowed both of these insects to spread into areas where they previously …

Is It Time For Us To Grow Up?

By: Alora Hughes, University of Saskatchewan Student The challenges and advantages of adopting vertical farming Food scarcity is a problem facing both agriculture and the world. Population growth, growing incomes, and changes in consumer preferences have resulted in the need for increased food production. To tackle this problem every angle …

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 …