Annual Global Risks Report for 2017 Has Extreme Weather Events at the Top of its List

January 19, 2017 – The World Economic Forum (WEF) publishes an annual risks report citing those factors posing the greatest challenge to the global economy. In its 12th edition, ... Continue Reading →

We Are Growing Crops in Space But What About Animal Protein?

January 17, 2017 – NASA is experimenting with growing edible plants in space. The first vegetables have already been harvested from the Veggie Plant Growth System on the International ... Continue Reading →

New Genetically Modified Fly About to be Released

December 15, 2016 – Oxitec, the UK company that has made its specialty modifying disease-spreading insects to limit the damage and death they cause, is about to tackle the Medfly ... Continue Reading →

An Update on Ways to Stop Methane Emitting Cows

December 4, 2016 – Earlier this month I wrote about a methane gathering backpack for cows invented by the National Institutes of Agricultural Technology in Argentina. Now add ... Continue Reading →

Gizmos & Gadgets: Argentinian Invents Methane Gathering Backpack for Cows

December 3, 2016 – You may ask why would anyone want to capture the gas coming from the backsides of cows? Well the answer is – cows produce as much as 25% of global methane ... Continue Reading →

Reinventing Farming in a World Fighting Climate Change

November 19, 2016 – Who would have thought that if a farmer planted more trees on cropland that the end result would be enhancing our fight against climate change. Or that by ... Continue Reading →

Gizmos & Gadgets: New Sick Plant App to Help Gardeners and Gardener Wannabes

November 14, 2016 – Before my wife and I downsized from a home in the suburbs of Toronto to a mid-town apartment I was an avid gardener. My rock garden in the front of the house ... Continue Reading →

Purdue University Study Correlates Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Bans on Genetically Modified Crops

November 8, 2016 – In a paper entitled, Evaluation of Economic, Land Use, and Land Use Emission Impacts of Substituting Non-GMO Crops for GMO in the US, Purdue University researchers ... Continue Reading →

The 21st Century: Our Journey to Immortality or Extinction

October 15, 2016 – It is the Ides of October and I have resolved after seven years of writing this blog to attempt a synthesis of much of its content into a book which will bear ... Continue Reading →

14 Year Study of Genetically Modified Soybean and Corn (Maize) Yields Interesting Results

October 10, 2016 – Research at University of Virginia, Kansas State, Michigan State and Iowa State Universities studying the period from 1998 to 2011, assembled directly-observed ... Continue Reading →