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Municipalities pass resolution for GE-free B.C.

Reading Time: 3 minutes 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

Reading Time: 3 minutes 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?

Reading Time: 2 minutes 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


European lab promises world’s first test-tube hamburger

Reading Time: 3 minutes Get ready for the first taste from the “Petri dish platter.” A group of researchers in the Netherlands has announced that the first lab-grown hamburger will be on the grill in October 2012 — at a cost of roughly $300,000. That may not sound hard for beef producers to compete with, but researcher Dr. Mark […] Read more

Regulatory Uncertainty Threatens Research Investment In Canada

Reading Time: 3 minutes 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

Reading Time: 3 minutes 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