Indicting Greenpeace for Crimes Against Agriculture

Webcasting a University of Saskatchewan classroom debate I’ve been in agriculture all my life. I grew up on a mixed farm with a cow-calf herd of 125 and a section of land. While I no longer farm myself, my relatives still do. Now my daily involvement is through the research …

What Environmental Groups Don’t Want You to Hear!

What do African Farmers Think of GM Crops? In spite of genetically modified (GM) crops being available since 1995, very limited adoption has occurred in any part of Africa. In large part, this is due to the message coming from European governments and environmental organizations. European governments have continually rejected …

SAIFood’s 2016 Rotten Potato Christmas List

SAIFood Rotten Potato Award, 2016Just rewards for the naughty this year!

Given that the festive season is upon us, I’d like to take a few minutes and reflect back on all those, who over the past year have contributed to spreading misinformation, half-truths and outright lies about GM crops and foods. Congratulations to the following organizations and individuals for receiving the honourary SAIFood rotten potato award for 2016.

  1. Greenpeace

    greenpeaceIt is indeed an honour to award this organization first place for 2016! Greenpeace is given this distinction solely for its continued opposition to Golden Rice. Not even an open letter to Greenpeace signed by over 100 Nobel Laureates could cause this organization to have a heart for the malnourished. Has the world ever witnessed a Grinchier organization?

  2. Vandana Shiva

    Had the spreading of lies about GM crops been an Olympic event, not only would Vandana Shiva have captured the gold medal, she would have swept the podium, riding off with silver and bronze as well. Of those opposed to GM crops, few have benefited more than Shiva, from the global dissemination of bald-faced lies about biotechnology.

  3. Earls has made a decision to change their beef source from Albertan to US certified humaneEarl’s Restaurant

    While Earl’s ultimately made the correct decision, in deciding to ask the Canadian beef industry if they would be able to supply certified humane beef, they certainly had egg on their face in announcing that all of the beef served in their restaurant chain would come from the USA. Earl’s get a rotten potato for not asking the Canadian beef industry if they would be able to supply this type of beef. Since Earl’s is a restaurant, I’ll ask them if they’d like that rotten potato baked, stuffed or mashed?

  4. Non-GMO project

    Non-GMO Project - non-gmo labelled wheat, all wheat is GMO FREEThis food price increasing consumer scam rivals the Y2K computer scam. Not bound by ethics or morals, the Non-GMO project will happily (for an extensive fee) let anyone slap their label on a food product. Of course, it doesn’t matter a whit that there is no GM version of many of the products that proudly bear the Non-GMO label. At the end of the day, it’s the cash that matters right?

  5. A&W Restaurant

    This fast food restaurant chain loves to prey on uninformed consumers by insinuating that since their hamburgers don’t have added growth hormones, their hamburgers are safer and better. A&W fails to mention that a hamburger has 2 nanograms of estrogen, while the hamburger bun contains over 40,000 nanograms. A&W enjoy this rotten potato, it’s all you will be getting from me this year.

  6. New York Times

    So much for intrepid reporting! Abandoning fact checking and balanced stories, the NYT hatchet job on the benefits of GM crops this fall justifies a healthy serving of rotten potatoes. Sadly, facts and good news stories about the proven benefits of GM crops doesn’t sell newspapers, so the NYT happily called out GM crops for not saving the world.

  7. Chipotle’s RestaurantsThe integrity of Chipotle's GMO free marketing

    Talk about a classic “d ’oh” event. In the spring of 2015, Chipotle’s proudly announced they would remove all GM ingredients from their menu. This was followed three months later by a string of food safety failures, resulting in thousands of customers getting food poisoning. This decision by Chipotle’s was so successful that it drove their stock price down by nearly 50% in 2016.

  8. Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety

    This international agreement held considerable potential when it came into effect in 2003. Sadly, the CPB has been co-opted by environments non-governmental organizations and is now an agreement that is used to manipulate developing countries into banning GM crops and implementing biosafety regulations that contribute to increasing food insecurity, rather than working to improve it.

  9. David Suzuki

    In spite of being kicked off the Board of Directors of the David Suzuki Foundation in 2012, Suzuki continues to embarrass himself by continuing to say that GM crops have no role in addressing food security under climate change. While drought tolerant crops could be the catalyst to food security as well as improve environmental and health impacts in developing countries, Suzuki advocates they shouldn’t be allowed.

  10. CBC Radio Program Quirks & Quarks

    For a program that is supposed to promote and inform about science, Quirks & Quarks is oddly silent about innovations in agriculture. Agricultural biotechnology and GM crops have created some controversy and are of great public interest, but muzzling the CBC from discussing the science behind these technologies just contributes to the public’s lack of information.

Congratulations to the 10 winners of SAIFood’s rotten potato 2016 awards! You are all rich recipients!!

Starvation or GMO Food Aid, Which Would You Prefer?

Playing politics over reducing chronic malnutrition & food insecurity, it’s time this ends! Every year, somewhere in the world, drought is an agricultural problem. Some years are mild, only impacting small areas in a few countries, while in other years entire regions are affected. Unfortunately for the African continent, due …

Time for Environmental NGOs to Support Biotech

Cooperation is needed to reduce malnourishment, not protesting[shareaholic app=”share_buttons” id=”15180628″][printfriendly]Environmental awareness is a growing issue for societies. The 2015 Paris Climate Conference highlighted the importance for national governments to take action on carbon and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to protect our planet, population and environment. Climate changes over the coming …

Environmental Colonialism

How environmental activists work to keep the poor, poor. Environmental non-governmental organizations (eNGOs) loudly proclaim biotechnology and genetically modified (GM) crops provide no benefits. These eNGOs exhibit no moral conflict in proclaiming themselves the true stewards of land and nature, protectors of all that sustains humanity, while denying subsistence farmers …


Governance of Digital Sequence Information and Impacts For Access and Benefit SharingDr. Stuart Smyth, Diego Macall, Dr. Peter Phillips and Jeremy de Beer have just released their 2018 report Governance of Digital Sequence Information and Impacts For Access and Benefit Sharing. This report Prepared by the Centre for the Study of Science and …