What are the Environmental and Human Health Impacts of GM Corn?

A report on 21 years of GM corn data The first commercial production of GM corn was in the USA in 1995. In the subsequent 20+ years, the abundance of production data has provided the opportunity to begin to undertake a large meta-analysis of multiple publications. A meta-analysis takes the …

Has organ transplant science gone hog wild?

The need for organ transplants is growing at a rate that needs to be urgently addressed In 2016, 18 of every 100,000 Canadians needed an organ transplant. Of these 6,700 individuals, 260 died waiting for transplants, 409 withdrew from the list, 3,135 went into 2017 awaiting a transplant and 2,903 …

Private Sector Funding of University Research Worth $7 Billion a Year

Is this a corruption of academic freedoms or simply how research is done in the 21st century? Many of the things you have done today have been made possible through innovation. Innovations have become crucial to our daily lives and will continue to improve our lives into the future. Innovations …

CBC – Controversy Before Credibility

When did it become okay for the media to be anti-science & anti-ag? A CBC news story over the weekend calls into question the research relationship between academics and industry. University of Saskatchewan professor Peter Phillips has had his reputation attacked by the CBC for email communications with his colleagues …

The Cost of Eating NON-GM

How Consumers Benefit from GM Crops One criticism that is frequently levelled against GM crops and biotechnology, in general, is that there are no benefits available for consumers, which has resulted in some consumers choosing to reject this innovative and environmentally sustainable technology. This blanket ‘no benefit’ statement has no …

Transferring University Developed Technologies

How good are Canadian Uni’s? Universities are known for the research undertaken by faculty and students. But how much of the research conducted by universities gets licensed to companies or ever reaches the public? This is important, as our universities are publicly funded. According to some studies Canada doesn’t rank …

Not Such a Fun Guy, These Fungi

Plant diseases having increasingly devastating effects In June I was fortunate enough to attend a captivatingly interesting conference organized by the University of Saskatchewan’s Global Institute for Food Security on how to improve global food security and the technologies required to accomplish this. Of the numerous speakers, one stood out …

National Academy of Science’s GM Crop Consensus

Science is the standard that has been used for decades to find solutions, innovate and improve efficiencies, but increasingly, society is less certain about science and reassurances are sought through socio-economic assessments. There are two options to assess risks of new technologies and products: the first, to use strictly science-based …