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Municipalities pass resolution for GE-free B.C.

Leaders of regional and municipal governments from across British Columbia have adopted a resolution asking the provincial government to declare B.C. a genetically modified organism-free area with respect to all plan and animal species. The resolution was brought before the Union of B.C. Municipalities (UBCM) 2013 annual convention in Vancouver Sept. 19. The resolution asks […] Read more

B.C. municipalities pass resolution for GE-free province

Leaders of regional and municipal governments from across British Columbia have adopted a resolution asking the provincial government to declare B.C. a genetically-modified organism-free area with respect to all plant and animal species. The resolution was brought before the Union of B.C. Municipalities (UBCM) 2013 annual convention Thursday in Vancouver. The resolution asks for a […] Read more


Kenya works to close the capacity gap

The farms seem impossibly small and the challenges overwhelmingly big, but Kenyan agriculture is moving ahead

Kenya’s story is a familiar one in African agriculture: Small farms, a great need for more production, and yet a high amount of post-harvest waste — often because farmers simply can’t get their product to market. But things are changing. “Kenyans need to do it themselves,” says Rien Geuze, agribusiness adviser for Agriterra, a Dutch […] Read more

Plant-based meat equivalents soon?

Livestock agriculture is an obsolete technology, says Stanford researcher, Patrick O. Brown. “Animal farming is by far the biggest ongoing global environmental catastrophe,” says Brown. “It’s an inefficient technology that hasn’t changed for a millennia.” In a presentation to the American Association for the Advancement of Science annual meeting here last month, the researcher and […] Read more



Regulatory Uncertainty Threatens Research Investment In Canada

Syngenta Canada president Jay Bradshaw says wheat is Canada’s next “Cinderella” crop, but warns that the opportunity could be lost if governments stray from science-based regulations, discouraging private research investment. “My biggest competitors are inside our own global research budget,” Bradshaw told the Western Canadian Wheat Growers convention in Vancouver last week. “We need to […] Read more


Wheat Growers Question CGC Increases

Before the Canadian Grain Commission hikes user fees, there needs to be a thorough review of services, says the Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association. “Our approach on this is that before we raise any fees we should first have a critical examination of all of the services that the grain commission provides,” WCWG executive director […] Read more