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Watch the entire 4 part “Learn GMO” series starting with Episode 1

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In LEARN GMO, the ever skeptical always critical Nick Saik spends time talking about food production with his dad Rob, who has had a long career in the Ag industry. Nick is unsure about the way we grow food in the modern world. Corporate control, poisonous chemicals, dangerous genetic modifications… all of these issues keep Nick worried about food. Rob however, has a great deal of confidence in the modern food system. In fact, he thinks food production is more abundant, cheaper, and safer than it’s ever been. Who’s right?

Episode 1 of LEARN GMO deals with a simple question: Why bother trying to feed a growing world if we’re already over capacity? Nick points out that people of his generation already feel like the world is doomed, and that we’re past the point of no return, and things are getting worse every day. Rob highlights the work of Swedish statistician Hans Rosling to prove to Nick the world is a better place to be than ever before. From there, Nick checks out the genetically engineered Rainbow Papaya at Ken Kamiya’s farm in Hawaii, and learns how technology saved a dying industry there. Lastly, Rob touches on the work of Peter Diamandis, founder of the X-prize foundation, and author of several optimistic books, like Abundance: The future is better than you thinkIn the end, Nick is left wondering if he’s been a touch too critical in his view of the future. Maybe things aren’t as bad as he first assumed.

Click here to watch Episode 2 of Learn GMO where Nick asks “Are we screwed or not?”

Click here to watch Episode 3 of Learn GMO where Nick asks “Why are there 2 types of farming?”

Click here to watch Episode 4 of Learn GMO where Nick asks “Why are there 2 types of food?”

Learn GMO was independently produced by Know Ideas Media

Agriculture

Canadian Federation of Agriculture Awarded $560,000 for Single Portal Sustainability Sourcing

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Canadian Federation of Agriculture Awarded $560,000 for Single Portal Sustainability Sourcing

Green certifications have become increasingly important in the food industry, as consumers look for confirmation that their food is being produced and processed in an environmentally friendly manner. In Canada, there has been a recent movement of concerned consumers looking for more transparency within the food industry. Organizations like Food Secure Canada advocate for a better food system that improves the connection between health, sustainability and agriculture.

In February 2020, the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food stated that the Canadian Federation of Agriculture would invest in a new sustainability initiative. The Canadian Federation of Agriculture is the largest farm organization in Canada, representing over 200,000 farms. The organization has played a critical role in advancing environmental sustainability practices within the food industry.

The Canadian Agri-Food Sustainability Initiative (CASI) will work with farmers, manufacturers, food processors and retailers to improve transparency in the Canadian food system. The initiative will promote sustainability through an integrated process that depends on data and collaboration to transform the food industry and improve relations with consumers.

The Canadian Food System

Canada is one of the top five exporters of food in the world. The Canadian agriculture and agri-food system generates over $100 billion in sales annually and employs over 2 million people. The agricultural food system is a significant player in Canada’s economic wealth and stability. However, like other large agricultural exporters — such as the United States — Canada has faced recent scrutiny over their production practices. Many large-scale and industrialized agriculture productions are harmful to the environment and detrimental to human health.

With such a large proportion of Canadian food exported, many domestic consumers distrust the public policies that lack transparency over the industry’s environmental impact and unsafe production practices. With the creation of the Candian Agri-Food Sustainability Initiative, the federal government hopes to facilitate improved sustainability throughout the food industry.

The Canadian Agri-Food Sustainability Initiative

The Canadian Agri-Food Sustainability Initiative includes a federal investment of $560,000. These funds will go toward the creation of an online forum that advances the analytic capabilities of producers and farmers. By creating a new network around sustainability, the project hopes to track the progress of sustainable practices in the Canadian food industry.

The initiative will also help producers and processors work together to certify products with sustainability labels that consumers are looking for. The Canadian Agri-Food Sustainability Initiative will rely on data analytics and real-time analysis of food production and processing to find solutions to unsustainable issues. From a consumer standpoint, it will increase trust in the use of food labels and regulate claims regarding the quality of various products.

Sustainability in the Agri-Food Industry

Canada’s agricultural system relies on the production of corn, potatoes, soybeans and commodity grains like wheat. Western parts of Canada have a higher production of beef, while the Eastern side focuses more on poultry. Unlike other top food exporters, Canada has been steadily growing the organic aspect of their production processes at a rate of 20% per year.

However, the percentage of land utilized for organic farming is meager — around 1.8 percent in 2017. Despite this, organic products still valued around $5.4 billion in both domestic and exported goods.

With such an economic reliance on the agricultural industry, the farm community, consumers and other concerned citizens are working together to ensure they manage Canadian soil more responsibly. According to the Canadian Federation of Agriculture, solutions like climate change research, bioeconomic strategy and the continuation of research and innovation within the industry will be key to future success.

Improving the Future of Canadian Agriculture

With this new initiative in place, agriculturists can have more confidence in growing organic products. Consumers, too, will be able to put their trust in the food industry, knowing the food they’re purchasing was grown sustainably.

https://www.todayville.com/what-the-usmca-might-mean-for-agriculture-and-biotechnology/

 

’m Emily Folk, and I grew up in a small town in Pennsylvania. Growing up I had a love of animals, and after countless marathons of watching Animal Planet documentaries, I developed a passion for ecology and conservation.  You can read more of my work by clicking this link:   Conservation Folks.

 

 

 

 

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Is GMO Natural?

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Is GMO natural? It’s a simple question with a complex answer. Maybe nature is the ultimate genetic engineer. This video features Dr. Russell Nagata of the University of Hawaii.

Information Source Links:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History…

http://www.genetics.org/content/148/3…

http://www.whatislife.ie/cambridge.htm

https://www.popsci.com/technology/art…

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