Monday, 28 November 2011 16:04

GM crops created superweed, say scientists

Modified rape crosses with wild plant to create tough pesticide-resistant strain

Paul Brown, environment correspondent, The Guardian

Modified genes from crops in a GM crop trial have transferred into local wild plants, creating a form of herbicide-resistant "superweed", the Guardian can reveal.

Environmentalists are alarmed that a U.S.-based company with a plant in P.E.I. plans to sell its genetically modified salmon eggs to any approved fish farmer if the company gets U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval.

Ron Stotish, CEO of AquaBounty Technologies, said the company has always planned to sell its genetically modified eggs to fish farmers willing to grow them in land-based facilities.

The Organic Standards Interpretation Committee (SIC) provides to the Canada Organic Office interpretive guidance on issues related to the National Standards for Organic Agriculture (CAN/CGSB 32.310 and CAN/CGSB 32.311).

Proposed answers to new questions, raised by organic stakeholders, regarding the National Standards for Organic Agriculture are now posted on the COO Website.

The proposed responses are subject to a 60 day comment period.

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The Bentley Lecture in Sustainable Agriculture is named in honor of Dr. Fred Bentley (deceased 2008). Dr. Bentley was the Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture from 1958 to 1968.

The Bentley Lecture is a venue for the Agricultural community to gather, build relationships and discuss the current state of and future of the Agricultural Sector in Alberta. It is a forum for the dissemination of knowledge on agriculture and the environment.

From the Nov 17, 2011 Broadcast of Call of the Land

The Agrivalue Processing Business Incubator, located just east of the Leduc Food Processing Development Centre, is designed to attract, grow and graduate new food businesses in Alberta.

From the Nov 21, 2011 Issue of Agri-News

Most producers over-feed their cattle and could save input costs by fine-tuning their feeding programs.

Cowbytes is a ration balancing program for cattle developed by Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development (ARD) for producers to use in designing cattle feeding programs. A new and improved version of the program has been developed and is slated for release very soon.




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