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Editorial: My beef with fabricated beef

I’m a bit confused by all the saving-the-planet hullabaloo over that $330,000 hamburger manufactured in the laboratory — the one the people tasting it said was ‘almost’ like the real thing. It was animal protein all right, fried in butter no less, not one of those concoctions of soy, brown rice, black beans or quinoa

Being right can feel wrong

There are times in life when you like to be proven wrong, like when you take your wailing newborn to the hospital emergency ward in the middle of the night fearing something is terribly amiss. In that situation, it’s a huge relief to be told you are mistaken. And there are times when any pleasure


People make the quality

It had been a long day for the 35 people working for the Canadian International Grains Institute, and it was far from over. But as the last tour of the day made its rounds at the open house celebrating the institute’s 40th anniversary, there was nothing to indicate that the presenters had done this many,

Organic research achieving critical mass in science

The modern organic agriculture movement started 100 years ago. Sir Albert Howard was an English mycologist who served as the imperial economic botanist to the government of India between 1905 and 1924. He was fascinated by the indigenous practices of Indian farmers, whom he called his professors. His 1940 book, An Agricultural Testament, has become

The economics of animal welfare

Back in the early 1990s, when University of Manitoba animal scientist Laurie Connor first oversaw local research into hoop-housing systems for hogs, animal welfare wasn’t really even on the public radar. The key questions of the day were whether keeping pigs outdoors through a Prairie winter compromised production efficiency. Connor told a seminar last week


Whither the weather?

If this is global warming — bring it on! That was a common response to last week’s record-setting temperatures across southern Manitoba —at least initially. Who could complain about a daytime high of 11 C the first week of January? But at the same time few could deny a sense of unease over a less-than-white

Doggerel 2012: Freedom, Edam…?

Yes, with the first issue of the year, it’s once again surely Time to review the events of the past one, in verse that rhymes poorly Then if there’s some time, and to the end that you’ve stickted We’ll look ahead a few months and see what I’ve predicted I don’t want to brag, but

Agriculture Is A “Backwater” Enterprise

Now that food seems to be on the public-policy radar, the think-tanks of the nation are anxious to demonstrate their expertise on the subject. The Macdonald-Laurier Institute is the latest example with Canadian Agriculture and Food A Growing Hunger for Change, by Larry Martin and Kate Stiefelmeyer. The paper does not state it, but they


Lessons For Canada From The Food Safety Modernization Act

FOOD LAWYER / OTTAWA The new Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) signed into law by President Barack Obama on Jan. 4 is a model of how not to make food safety law. The Americans laboured long and hard and delivered a mouse. Under the FSMA, some powers of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are

OUR HISTORY: December 9, 1971

Our Dec. 9, 1971 issue described a pending trial to test the feasibility of a 90-car unit train from an inland terminal to Vancouver. It also announced the creation of a new producer marketing board to replace the Manitoba Hog Marketing Commission. It would establish a quota of 5,000 hogs per year. Producers wishing to