J.R. Simplot Co. has expressed interest in using GAANTRY gene-stacking technology to develop potatoes more resistant to late blight. | File photo

New GM technique promises to speed new crop development

Scientists in the United States say they have found a new method for inserting genes into crops that could speed up development of new varieties. “Making genetic improvements that were difficult or impossible before will be much easier because we can now insert not just one or two genes, but multiple genes into a plant […] Read more

Monsanto has been involved in a long-running battle in India over royalties paid by local seed companies for its GM cotton. | Reuters photo

Monsanto appeals to India’s top court over GM cotton patents

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Monsanto Co has appealed to India’s Supreme Court against a ruling by the Delhi High Court which decreed last month that the world’s biggest seed maker cannot claim patents on its GM cotton seeds, a company spokesman said on Friday. The Delhi High Court last month concurred with Indian seed company […] Read more

Folta, a vocal defender of pesticides and genetically modified technology, filed the lawsuit in early September at a U.S. District Court in Florida. | File photo

U.S. scientist sues New York Times over Monsanto allegations

Kevin Folta, a University of Florida horticultural scientist, is suing the New York Times for libel. Folta, a vocal defender of pesticides and genetically modified technology, filed the lawsuit in early September at a U.S. District Court in Florida. The libel case stems from a front page New York Times story, published Sept. 6, 2015. […] Read more


Princess Anne said she would grow GM crops on her farming estates, adding she doubted that the technology had many downsides. | File photo

UK royals in sibling rivalry? Princess Anne touts GMO benefits

LONDON, U.K. (Reuters) — Britain’s Princess Anne may have sparked a royal sibling rivalry after saying genetically modified crops had real benefits to offer, putting her at odds with her older brother Charles, who says they would be an environmental disaster. In an interview with BBC radio, Anne said she would grow GM crops on […] Read more

The perception that many consumers have of modern farms can colour their expectations of the food they buy — so those perceptions should help shape how farms operate. | Getty image

Farmers play important role in building consumer trust

The perception that many consumers have of modern farms can colour their expectations 
of the food they buy — so those perceptions should help shape how farms operate

When Canadian grocery buyers think about farmers, what images come to mind? Do they see a trustworthy, tractor-driving character who wears a straw hat, striped coveralls and a red flannel shirt to work every day? Or do they see low-income wage earners, working on a massive factory farm, where values such as environmental stewardship and […] Read more


61 per cent of survey respondents have a negative view of the term genetic modification. Many believe the process involves injecting foods with hormones, antibiotics, steroids or other substances. | File photo

Consumers still opposed to GM food

If given a choice, most consumers would choose to buy a non-GM food item — though most don’t read the labels

Health Canada says the results of a 2016 survey of consumer views on genetically modified foods will help the department communicate to Canadians. However, opinions remain largely unchanged from previous research that showed consumers are skeptical about, if not completely opposed to, genetically modified foods, the report said. “The findings from this public opinion research […] Read more


Judge GM on a case-by-case basis: experts

Lucy Sharratt and Robert Wager don’t agree on much. Sharratt spends most of her time opposing genetically modified food, while Wager is a vocal defender of the technology. However, they do see eye to eye on one matter: it’s wrong to make blanket statements about the safety of GM food. “Each GM food needs to […] Read more


Jennifer Dyck works with the Canola Eat Well initiative, a farmer-funded program that holds workshops to highlight healthy, nutritious cooking.  |  Ed White photo

Farmers have much to teach consumers

Producer group aims to provide credible information on healthy meals and farm practices through consumer workshops

Consumers have become frazzled about food, whether it’s over GMOs, pesticides, gluten, big farms versus small farms, local versus global or organic versus conventional. Jennifer Dyck and Ellen Pruden are trying to alleviate the worry by challenging today’s food paranoia with a simple and friendly method. “I think it’s really about putting people back in […] Read more

Finn Rosmanitz tries organic baby food that does not contain genetically modified organisms, 
pesticides or added hormones. Young mothers have become a powerful consumer group. | Barbara Duckworth photo

Consumers search for trustworthy GMO information

Consumer perceptions and confusion abound when it comes to the topic of genetically modified organisms. There was no confusion for Jennifer Carlson when she launched her line of organic baby food 11 years ago. “Organic was always predominately the number one choice when we started this company,” the Calgary mother said. “As a mother, I […] Read more