GFM Network News



Too much cheap food is a classic First-World problem.

Big plates lead to more ‘waist’

Should super-size deals 
be banned?


Yet another report is pointing to bigger plates, larger portions and super-size deals as a major cause of rising levels of obesity. This research, carried out by the University of Cambridge suggests that eliminating larger-size portions from the diet completely could reduce energy intake by up to 16 per cent among U.K. adults or 29


A baby chick, genetically modified to block transmission of bird flu, glows under an ultraviolet light, next to a chick that has not been modified, in this undated handout photo.

Glow-in-the-dark GMO chickens shed light on bird flu fight

But these birds are a long ways from becoming commercialized

In the realm of avian research, the chicks with the glow-in-the-dark beaks and feet might one day rock the poultry world. British scientists say they have genetically modified chickens in a bid to block bird flu and that early experiments show promise for fighting off the disease that has devastated the U.S. poultry and egg

PEDv spread like wildfire in the U.S., but Canada successfully limited its spread.

Standing tall: How Canada’s pork sector survived the attack of a killer virus

PEDv decimated the U.S. hog herd, but Canada showed how to do biosecurity right

When it comes to finding expert advice on biosecurity, cattle producers might want to sit down with their local hog farmer. The country’s outstanding record on controlling the porcine epidemic diarrhea virus has a host of lessons for the cattle sector, says a swine veterinarian who was deeply involved in Alberta’s battle against PEDv. Start

diamondback moth

Replacing insecticides with sex in pest control

Genetically engineered male moths prevent females from reproducing

Cornell University researchers are combining two biotechnologies to control diamondback moths with sex instead of insecticide. The pesky feeders on crucifer crops, including canola, mustards and vegetables, have developed resistance to many insecticides as well as Bt (Bacillus thuringiensis), a soil bacteria that has been genetically engineered into corn and cotton to help control such


Genetically modified diamondback moth offers pest control hope

Genetically modified diamondback moth offers pest control hope

The modified moths can mate as well as any other but they only produce male offspring


Scientists in Britain say they have developed a way of genetically modifying and controlling an invasive species of moth that causes serious pest damage to cabbages, kale, canola and other similar crops worldwide. In what they said could be a pesticide-free and environmentally friendly way to control insect pests, the scientists, from the Oxford University

Thick smoke moved through Manitoba last week, creating air quality concerns and reduced visibility to two kilometres in some areas.

Forest fire smoke invades Manitoba skies

Thick smoke from neighbouring forest fires has been lingering over Manitoba 
but experts say it’s unlikely to impact plant growth

Manitoba has been blanketed in smoke for more than a week as forest fires continued to spread across Western Canada. Drought-like conditions across the Canadian Prairies culminated to cause 395 active fires in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and the Northwest Territories by Monday morning. Air quality warnings have been issued almost daily and some producers may

cattle on dry pasture

Editorial: Agri-resilience is farmers’ best defence for managing risk

No one understands risk preparedness and management better than an insurance company. The iconic insurance giant Lloyd’s laid out a stark scenario recently in a report about the potential for weather-related disasters to undermine the entire global food system. The 327-year-old insurance firm says it wouldn’t take much — just three catastrophic weather events hitting


chalkboard promoting restaurant items

Eat better, live longer and reduce greenhouse gas

British study says ‘minor’ adjustments would include fewer animal products, especially red meat, fewer savoury snacks and more fruit, vegetables and cereals


Eating a more healthy diet could extend the British lifespan, lower health-care costs and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, according to new research led by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM). The findings are based on two papers. The first, published in Climatic Change, estimates the greenhouse gas emissions associated with current U.K.

assorted luncheon meats

Forget everything you ever heard about eating fat

Historic U.S. and U.K. dietary advice on fats ‘should not have been introduced’

National U.S. and British advice for citizens to cut fat consumption to reduce heart disease lacked any solid trial evidence to back it up, and “should not have been introduced,” concludes research in a journal published in conjunction with the British Medical Journal and the U.K. National Cardiovascular Society. Dietary guidelines issued in 1977 and