The China question – why it matters for Canadian agriculture

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau led a Canadian delegation to China recently to discuss a range of bilateral issues, first and foremost being trade. Canada and China have been engaged in exploratory talks regarding the possible commencement of free trade agreement (FTA) negotiations with China. Although an agreement to start formal FTA talks was not reached, […]

GMOs and me

One of the biggest ironies of our time is that food has never been safer while at the same time people have never been more afraid to eat. Every day consumers around the world safely consume billions of meals. And there is a myriad of food safety regulations and organizations ensuring the safety of the food we […]

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 […]