So far, more than 40 academics have been publicly accused of being corrupted by the biotech industry. | File photo

Anti-biotech group uses big tobacco strategy to refute GM research

In 1839, in the historical play Cardinal Richelieu, playwright Edward Bulwer-Lytton wrote that “the pen is mightier than the sword.” Since 2014, in both the United States and Canada, the pen has been progressively attacked by the sword. Academic freedoms of biotech researchers have been attacked by an organization known as the US Right to […] Read more

Food makers are latching on to the gluten-free label, even though their products never contained wheat protein.  |  Getty photo

Just how free is gluten-free?

Food fads come and go, as do dieting fads, but you might be less aware of food labelling fads. Food and beverage companies know that consumers have limited awareness about how products are made and use this to their marketing advantage. A few examples of this have been organic maple syrup, verified non-genetically modified tomatoes […] Read more

Reduced herbicide use is one of the key benefits of genetically modified crops.  |  File photo

New York Times ignored GM crop benefits

The New York Times claimed Oct. 29 that it had conducted an “extensive examination” of genetically modified crops and found their benefits to be lacking. The use of the word “‘extensive” by the media is a bit of an oxymoron. It is certainly the case in this situation because the Times would appear to have […] Read more


U of S researcher Stuart Smyth says the research for this article was neither extensive nor balanced. It lacks discussion of immense literature on the benefits of GM crops in the United States and Canada. | Screencap via http://nyti.ms/2dY6XNb

New York Times ignored GM crop benefits

The New York Times claimed Oct. 29 that it had conducted an “extensive examination” of genetically modified crops and found their benefits to be lacking. The use of the word “‘extensive” by the media is a bit of an oxymoron. It is certainly the case in this situation because the Times would appear to have […] Read more

GM crops provide billions in benefits

Were it not for the snow on the ground, I would have thought it was April Fool’s Day instead of Christmas when I read The Western Producer’s Dec. 3 story, Anti-GMO group says yield gains non-existent. Lucy Sharratt, Taarini Chopra and the Canadian Biotechnology Action Network are once again misleading Canadians about genetically modified crops, […] Read more


Organic yields are about 30 percent less than conventional agriculture, thereby producing less food for distribution to those in need, says the author.  |  File photo

Can world afford luxury of organics?

Numerous articles and reports that compare the production of organic and conventional agriculture have concluded that on average, organic crop agriculture produces 25 to 30 percent less per acre. The most recent examination of the subject is a meta-analysis by Seufert et al. (2012), which concluded that organic yields are 34 percent lower when organic […] Read more

Only two whole-food GM products are part of the regular human diet. GM potatoes and tomatoes briefly appeared on the market but were withdrawn.  |  File photo

GM crops help produce more with less

There have recently been protests against biotechnology firms and products. Many signs people were shown waving in the protests were perplexing to say the least. Demonstrations of this nature raise the question as to what foods could be constituted as genetically modified. In Canada, it has been estimated that GM food and food ingredients are […] Read more