Be the Voice of Farm Sustainability

Your farm’s data can help to inform governments Change frequently happens slowly, we may not notice that things are done differently today than previously until we actually stop and consider what has really changed. We have accepted many innovative changes, such as our use of cell phones, iPads or using …

#1 Post of the Year: Stuart’s Beef with A&W

A(mbiguous) & W(rong): How A&W Canada Supports Unsustainable AgricultureI 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 …

#2 Post of the Year: Risk Management vs. Risk Avoidance:

Who to Believe in the Glyphosate Debate?Have you heard? Glyphosate could kill you. Well, that’s not the full story, but it caught your attention didn’t it? On March 20th the World Health Organization (WHO) released a report by the International Agency of Research on Cancer (IARC). The IARC had assessed …

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 …

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, …

Four diverse views of the bioeconomy

This past June we at SAIFood (Stuart & Savannah) travelled to Italy for the 19th International Consortium for Applied Bioeconomy Research (ICABR) conference. The conference was a great success as a result of an array of attendants, abundant discussion, plus of course the perks of the Amalfi coasts beautiful scenery, …

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 …