The real issue with Golden Rice is that it’s a GMO, which Greenpeace and other opponents despise so much that they are willing to watch millions of people suffer and die rather than give an inch to science. | File photo

Health Canada is obligated to approve Golden Rice

Health Canada’s decision to approve Golden Rice as safe for sale in Canada is the right move, despite complaints by some who are questioning why the government department is even looking at the genetically modified food. The announcement came last month, after Heath Canada concluded that Golden Rice “did not pose a greater risk to […] Read more

Liberals must now show grain movement leadership

Prime Minster Justin Trudeau wears his social justice credentials on his sleeve, but does he have the capacity for tough love? He’s going to need lots of it if he’s to take on captains of the railroad industry, opportunistic politicians in British Columbia, environmentalists and an abundance of protest groups to do what needs to […] Read more

Farmers justified to expect full access to equipment

Farm equipment has grown in complexity, along with the tasks that are asked of it. Manufacturers have developed better tools with each generation: some innovative, some adding capacity, some improving sustainability, but all of them using technologies that are more difficult to diagnose, maintain and modify than those that came before. Many farm machinery builders […] Read more


Farmers deserve better than latest rail-grain crisis

How did we fall into another grain transportation fiasco with Canadian National Railway and Canadian Pacific Railway offering the same justification as they did in 2013-14 — weather and volume? Farmers have been increasing production for some time, and it’s not as if cold Canadian winters should surprise. This is an embarrassment to the rail […] Read more

Fumigation deal welcome, but follow-through is vital

Whatever the issues with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s recent state visit to India, he made important progress on one irritant for Canadian grain growers, but that progress will yield results only if the follow-up is successful. During the visit, Trudeau and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the two countries will come to an agreement […] Read more


There are innumerable studies on the usefulness of guns as security, but we will cite the reputable New England Journal of Medicine’s 1993 study: “Although firearms are often kept in homes for personal protection, this study shows that the practice is counterproductive. Our data indicate that keeping a gun in the home is independently associated with an increase in the risk of homicide in the home.”
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Guns are not the answer when protecting property

If there is one lesson from the tragic death of young Colten Boushie, it is this: introducing a gun into a volatile situation is a perilous mistake. The events surrounding the 22-year-old indigenous man’s death after being shot by Gerald Stanley on his farm in the Rural Municipality of Glenside in west-central Saskatchewan on Aug. […] Read more

Loss of market information terrible trend for farmers

Adam Smith, considered the father of modern economics, explained that an invisible hand will guide the marketplace if consumers and producers are free to make their own choices about what to buy and sell. Then the market will settle on an equilibrium that is beneficial to all. But what if the buyer has more information […] Read more

Trudeau must press India for ag policy transparency

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has a rare opportunity to raise agricultural issues at the highest level in India later this month when he meets with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He must be sure to press the importance of transparency in India’s agricultural policy. There needs to be an acknowledgement between agricultural trading partners that the […] Read more


Residue testing, traceback critical to Canada’s reputation

Richardson International’s assertion that it can trace grain samples containing pesticide residues back to original producers is a wake-up call for Canadian growers to adhere to proper application procedures. If this practice becomes widespread among grain companies, it will help protect Canadian producers’ reputation as quality suppliers. It will also reduce the chance that problems […] Read more

Hazard vs. risk analysis a vital distinction to make

Editor’s note: This editorial is updated from an earlier version to address the terminology of hazard versus risk, and is a correction of the print version. The tug-of-war between conclusions based on hazard versus risk studies continues. The most recent example is the University of Saskatchewan study that shows that canola seed coated with imidaclophrid […] Read more