Genetically modified crops are a success story and here’s why

Agriculture is complicated. Farmers have to make hundreds of decisions every day about what to do on their farms based on a constantly changing set of variables like weather and pests. The decisions they make determine whether or not they grow a successful crop, which in turn ends up at the grocery store for consumers […]

Greater understanding needed around genetically modified foods

Health Canada recently commissioned a report on consumer attitudes toward genetically modified foods. What the study unequivocally shows is that consumers are confused and don’t understand what genetically modified foods are and why we need them. The report notes that there has been an “information void” about agricultural technologies. This void has been successfully filled […]

The benefits of 20 years of genetically engineered crops in Canada

This year marks the 20th year that we have been growing genetically engineered or “GE” crops here in Canada. During this time, farmers, like me and my family, have experienced first-hand the benefit that these new technologies bring to my business. Ninety per cent or more of Canadian canola, corn, soybeans and sugar beets are now […]

Facts not fear around GMOs needed in the classroom

Teachers can be some of the most influential figures in a child’s life. Their feedback and opinions can leave lasting impressions on young minds. I have had many teachers who inspired me to achieve more than I ever thought I was capable of, and others whose classrooms I couldn’t get out of fast enough. There […]

CAPA report tells good news story for Canadian honey bees

It was a successful winter for honey bees across Canada according to the latest report from the Canadian Association of Professional Apiculturists (CAPA), with overwinter losses nationally just below 17 per cent. Couple this with the fact that honey bee numbers in Canada are at an all-time high and there’s a great story to tell […]

Modern ag has a role to play in the developing world

In March, I was privileged to join a tour of Canadian agriculture professionals to Ethiopia to look at the lives of small-scale farmers in that developing country.  We were able to see the work of Canadian NGOs like our hosts, the Canadian Foodgrains Bank (CFGB), and see the efforts of local farmers to embrace modern […]