The Cornell University course is designed to inform consumers about the technology, the politics involved and consumer distrust. | Screencap via www.edx.org/course/science-politics-gmo-cornellx-gmo0101x

VIDEO: Course aims to bridge GMO communication gap

University course designed to inform consumers about the technology, the politics involved and consumer distrust

For two decades, scientists have told the public, thousands of times, that genetically modified crops are safe. That message has never stuck because polls show that more than half of North Americans still think that GM foods are harmful. Ag economists and plant science experts at New York’s Cornell University have realized that new communication […] Read more

Alfalfa growers uneasy with anti-GMO stance

Most producers are comfortable with the technology but believe it poses a threat to alfalfa seed and forage exports

BROOKS, Alta. — Alberta’s alfalfa seed growers commission has a clear stance on genetically modified Roundup Ready alfalfa. It is against introduction until there is greater market acceptance. However, that stance comes with a certain level of discomfort. Many alfalfa seed growers also grow GM canola, GM sugar beets and GM corn. The technology has provided […] Read more

A Purdue study, soon to be published in AgBioForum states that growing GM corn, soybeans and cotton reduces the amount of land needed to grow crops in the U.S., thus reducing greenhouse gas emissions from agricultural land. |File photo

GMOs work like balm to soothe environmental problems, says study

If humans want fewer forests, more expensive food and more greenhouse gases, banning genetically modified crops is a good place to start, says a Purdue University economist. A Purdue study, soon to be published in AgBioForum states that growing GM corn, soybeans and cotton reduces the amount of land needed to grow crops in the […] 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

A Manitoba dairy farmer says Canadians need one more dairy alternative: non-genetically modified milk. | File photo

Is there a benefit to GMO-free milk?

Consumers have plenty of options in the dairy aisle, whether it is whole milk, one percent, buttermilk, organic, lactose-free, soy, almond or coconut. However, a Manitoba dairy farmer says Canadians need one more alternative: non-genetically modified milk. “We’re just seeing a demand coming, and there are (Manitoba) processors that have been echoing the same comments,” […] Read more


Rob Saik sees the non-science movement as the greatest threat to global food security. He has observed anti-GMO groups campaigning to stop technology that could potentially help people who are starving in places like Africa. | File photo

VIDEO: GMO opposition part of non-science movement: Robert Saik

Robert Saik’s goal is to make everyone informed about GMOs before they take a stance on them. The CEO of Agri-Trend is currently working on making Know GMO, a documentary movie about GMOs, telling both sides of the story including the anti-GMO side. Yesterday he gave a lecture at the University of Saskatchewan about GMOs […] Read more

Genetically modified traits in alfalfa have become a hot export issue. | File photo

Roundup Ready in alfalfa exports ‘catastrophic’

China market closed | U.S. exporters blacklisted because of GM presence in the crop

BROMONT, Que. — The discovery of Roundup Ready alfalfa in global hay exports should be on Canadian farmers’ radar, says a Canadian hay exporter. Ed Shaw, who exports forage around the world, including to China, said three American hay exporters have been blacklisted from exporting hay to China, and hundreds of container loads of hay […] Read more

Percy Schmeiser found himself at the centre of the debate over genetically modified crops in 2005, when this photograph was taken on his farm near Bruno, Sask. | File photo

Schmeiser remains committed to fighting GMOs

Farmer challenged Monsanto | At 83, Sask. farmer Percy Schmeiser is an in-demand speaker around the world

Anti-GMO activists gathered across Canada late last month for a day of protest, but the man who many consider the most visible and outspoken opponent of GMOs didn’t attend. Instead, Percy Schmeiser spent the weekend with his wife Louise at their home in Bruno, Sask., about 100 kilometres away. Schmeiser, who was a constant thorn […] Read more


Syngenta halts sale of new GM corn

CHICAGO, Ill. (Reuters) — Syngenta has halted commercial sales in Canada of corn seed containing a new genetically modified trait because major importers have not approved the product, say two industry sources. The variety contains the Agrisure Duracade trait that provides protection against rootworms. The company will sell it in the United States, but growers […] Read more