Agriculture in the national spotlight

Agriculture usually seems to find itself part of the national political discussion when problems have hit – extreme weather affecting crops, transportation issues, rising prices, etc. It is rare that this important sector gets to be part of the national spotlight for positive reasons, maybe because Canadians take for granted a food system that provides […]

Opportunity knocks for Canadian Agriculture

As global economic growth continues to move at a slow pace and political uncertainty grips many parts of the world, the question is repeatedly asked – what is the way forward for a small, open economy like Canada’s? How do we navigate these choppy global waters, and where do we find our strategic advantage? A […]

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 […]