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WATCH: Tomatoes… Catchup or Die Trying

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  • What keeps Tomato growers up at night? Xanthomonas. They are the genus of proteobacteria responsible for Bacterial Spot, which is a disease that wreaks havoc on Tomato plants.

    The trouble with Xanthomonas is that there is enough genetic variability within the genus that plant breeders have a hard time coming up with resistant plant varieties and pathologists are unable to create a chemicals to combat the disease.

    As of now, farmers are stuck using the same control mechanisms they’ve been using for half a century: Copper based pesticides. Although they’ve been effective, they are expensive and must be applied frequently. Copper based pesticides are also indiscriminate in terms of what they kill. Beneficial insects, soil bacteria, fungi, etc. are all affected by copper based pesticides. Scientists like Dr. Sam Hutton (featured in this video) are working on transgenic tomato plants that resist bacterial spot.

    They’ve managed to find resistance in a relative of tomatoes (sweet peppers), and have had great success with resistance in trials. Trouble is, willing tomato operations are required to scale up the transgenic solution to bacterial spot. If no willing growers can be found, this tomato may never do what it was designed to do: help farmers overcome a troubling plant disease.

    Information Source Links: http://growinggeorgia.com/features/20…

    This video was produced independently by Know Ideas Media


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    First World Food Imperialists

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  • Are North American corporations motivated by Imperialism? Can we allow Africa to have access to the same tools we have in North America, without endorsing the corporate takeover of Africa? Is activism a form of modern day imperialism? Lets find out with this hot take of a video from Nick Saik and Know Ideas Media!

    This video was produced independently by Know Ideas Media.


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    WATCH: Central Alberta Ag Business Expert makes appeal on Parliament Hill for science

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  • When he founded Agri-Trend over 20 years ago, Rob Saik set out to educate farmers on the latest trends and influences in the Agriculture industry. Over the years Saik found it might be even more important to educate the general population.  Like everywhere else in society, over the last 20 years there have been a multitude of scientific advancements in all areas of agriculture.  From automated equipment to advances in genetics to high speed internet connection.  You might say farming has improved by leaps and bounds as more people around the world are being fed year after year.

    Not surprisingly the general population has not been able to keep up with all this new information.  Many are either poorly informed about where their food comes from… or perhaps they’re misinformed altogether.

    It’s all very concerning for Rob Saik.  Together with his son Nick, Rob established Know Ideas Media.  Their company creates communication around the science of agriculture. They’ve recently helped us create and launch Todayville Agriculture.  Whether it’s the latest advancement in equipment, or the latest discovery in food genetics, they want to know the truth and they want to make sure the average person has access to the correct information.

    This has taken Nick and Rob near and far, interviewing specialists, speaking to groups, even hosting discussions and debates.  Over time the Saiks have become leading specialists in the science of food production.  That’s why the Federal Standing Policy Committee on Agriculture wanted to hear from Rob Saik this week in Ottawa.   He was more than eager for the opportunity to create a better understanding of what Genetically Modified foods.. actually means.  Saik took a moment to share his presentation with the public from his hotel room the morning of his appointment on Parliament Hill.

    Here it is:

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