Sinking Billions of Dollars into the Ground Each Spring

Planting crops requires billions to be invested months prior to reaping harvest profits As spring begins to hint at its arrival, farmers across the country are busy getting ready to start seeding Canada’s millions of crop acres over the next two months. This spring, Saskatchewan farmers will seed over 40% …

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 …

Has McDonald’s Gone Nuts?

Canadian’s newest beef with chain restaurants is nuts![shareaholic app=”share_buttons” id=”15180628″][printfriendly]When Earl’s Restaurant chain announced they were moving to use humane certified beef and A&W advertised their use of hormone-free beef, many of us were highly critical over the sourcing of non-Canadian beef. Their marketing suggested that these ‘alternative’ means of …

Tummy-Turning

Food poisoning is more serious than you might think Remember this commercial, with the “tummy turning” bug picked up while travelling? While we’re concerned about catching foodborne illnesses/diseases whilst travelling, people are less aware that these bugs are not just “far from home trip spoiling bugs”, they’re everywhere. Recently the World …

Withdraw Could be a Winning Solution for Developing Countries

The Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety is Holding Technological Innovations Hostage[shareaholic app=”share_buttons” id=”15180628″][printfriendly]In 2000, negotiators adopted the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (CPB). The CPB was a supplementary agreement to the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity coming into effect in 2003. Its purpose was to manage international trade in GMOs. While …

#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 …