Attempting to Ban Nature

Environmental Biodiversity Efforts with Gene Drives The bi-annual meeting of the parties to the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) is being held from November 17-29 in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt. With an estimated 8,000 attendees, governments from around the world are gathered to debate and discuss policies that …

Big Data and the Future of Risk Assessment

Could computers determine the safety of new GM crops? Algorithms do all kinds of behind the scenes work for us on a daily basis. Your last Google search is one example of this. Computers and their applications are things we rely upon daily to make our lives more manageable, more …

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 …

How evidence and knowledge built GM crop regulatory frameworks

By Savannah Gleim & Stuart Smyth What came first, science or regulation? When you think about safety, you might think that regulation should lead science. Yet, it frequently happens the other way around. Science often outpaces regulation, resulting in rules and assessments needing to be developed to ensure safety. When …

The Buzz on Neonicotinoids

By Kaytlin Robertson, University of Saskatchewan student Neonicotinoids are commonly used agricultural systemic pesticides typically applied to the seed and transferred through the vascular system to the rest of the plant, making all parts of it toxic to any insect that chews on it (LinkTV, 2012).  There is a public perception that …