Marijuana/Cannabis

Currently cannabis, aka marijuana, is legal in Canada only for medicinal purposes and only under conditions outlined in the Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (ACMPR).[1] issued by Health Canada. In 2015, Justin Trudeau, Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada, committed to legalizing cannabis for personal use.  Today Canada’s federal government is working on the…

Soil and Us

Do We Appreciate Soil? The earth’s soil provides nearly all of our food, can prevent disease and contains nearly one-third of all living organisms. Soil cleans the water flowing into our rivers and lakes. It absorbs vast quantities of carbon, second only to the oceans. It is interesting to note a mere 0.5 percent of…

Farm Fragmentation

Farm fragmentation is defined as the division of a farmer’s land into a collection of scattered lots. Much of the fragmentation resulted from inheritance — splitting up the farm between family members. Over the years large acreages have become smaller and smaller, and so today’s farmers own or leasing multiple properties that are non-contiguous.  Fragmentation has spread…

GMOs

“To GMO or not GMO?” that is the Question Well actually the first question is “What is a GMO?” GMO stands for “genetically modified organism”.  Scientists have identified individual genes in living organisms (bacterium, plants, viruses, animals, insects, etc.) and are currently experimenting by splicing genes to cultivate preferred traits in the subject. For instance…

Pesticides & Herbicides

Why Do Farmers Use Pesticides? First, let’s define “pesticides”: Pesticides are “chemical substances used to prevent, destroy, repel or mitigate any pest ranging from insects (i.e., insecticides), rodents (i.e., rodenticides) and weeds (herbicides) to microorganisms (i.e., algicides, fungicides or bactericides).”  (source) Farmers can combat pests in many ways: staggered harvest schedules with long-short intervals, harvesting…

Farmers Feed Cities

The slogan “Farmers Feed Cities” was created as a placard for a 2005 rally and is now a successful public awareness campaign. The Farmers Feed Cities campaign seeks to make a stronger link between farm and non-farm families by talking about the things we all have in common – the benefits we all enjoy that…

New Technology – Farmland

Feed the People Current projections are that the global population will reach 9-10 billion by 2050. The challenge? The planet must produce “more food in the next four decades than all farmers in history have harvested over the past 8,000 years.”  Ernst van den Ende, managing director of WUR’s Plant Sciences Group (article) We are…