The Wild and Whacky Summer of 2018, And I Don’t Mean the Weather

Who holds the future of agriculture, farmers or the courts? What a summer! I’m not talking about a whirlwind vacation, a summer full of events or even this weather in which our forecasters have given up on science for accurate reports and turned to consulting a Ouija board in a vain …

Consumer Pressure Leads to Misguided Policy

By Brandon Leffler, University of Saskatchewan student Recently, the use of herbicides as a sustainable means of crop protection has come into the public eye. Based on social pressures and non-scientific pressures, governments are now looking at how herbicides are regulated. In particular, glyphosate has become the herbicide to target. Based …

#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 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 …