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Municipalities pass resolution for GE-free British Columbia

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 in Vancouver Sept. 19. The resolution asks

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


Step by step, Kenyan farmers are improving their lot

The farms seem impossibly small and the challenges overwhelmingly huge, but Kenyans are 
creating marketing chains, improving productivity and even doing value added

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


Plant product to go toe to toe with meat and dairy?

A researcher says the global food problem is not feeding people, but animals 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


Wheat Growers Question CGC Increases

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

Uncertainty Threatens Research Investment In Canada

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