Plant biotechnology: Innovation lost and opportunities ahead

Some opponents of modern agriculture say that biotech crops, often referred to as GMOs, have not lived up to expectations. For those of us in agriculture we know that over the last two decades biotech crops have delivered significant benefits to Canadian farmers and farmers around the world. They have, among other benefits, helped farmers […]

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 […]

Beyond the labeling debate: biotech crops contribute to sustainable agriculture

GMO labeling has been the topic of a lot of discussion in the last while with a series of companies announcing their intentions to label foods containing genetically modified ingredients. And while most of this conversation is being driven out of the U.S., there is an inevitable spill into Canada. Putting differences of opinion on […]