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On Bears and Food Security Part V: The Solution

The solution: “Lasting success requires both HUMANS and BEARS to change their behaviors otherwise bears will continually get into trouble.” –Southwest Alberta Bear Management Program I began this series because of a discussion the British Columbia Food Security Network was having about how to make bears and fruit trees get along. Members in Powell River,… Continue Reading

Q&A With Temple Grandin

As part of our ongoing expert Q&A series, a conversation with world-renowned livestock expert Temple Grandin on humane handling, small vs. big, transparency, and the future of agriculture Dr. Temple Grandin has been a thought leader in both the animal agriculture and autism realms for decades. Grandin, the world’s most well-known autistic person, is a… Continue Reading

India Suspends Introduction of GM Crop

On Tuesday, India denied permission for commercial cultivation of what would have been its first genetically modified (GM) vegetable crop. Amid controversy and protest, the Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh deemed BT brinjal–a strain of GM aubergine, or eggplant–unsafe for immediate public consumption. BBC News reported late yesterday afternoon that after much debate, Mr. Ramesh decided… Continue Reading

Econ, Public Policy & Antibiotics

The first symposium of the Annual Conference on Microbial Resistance focused on the economic and public policy aspects of antibiotic resistance and antibiotic development.  Moderator Susan Foster, PhD, of the Alliance for the Prudent Use of Antibiotics (Boston, MA) presented first, then facilitated a Q&A session with other presenters Ramanan Laxminarayan, PhD, of Resources for… Continue Reading

Ruling Could Hinder Food Safety Reform

The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to overturn campaign finance restrictions on corporate and union election spending yesterday left health, food, and agriculture activists worried about future reform efforts in the context of an inevitable influx of corporate cash in the political process. President Obama was not pleased either. “With its ruling today, the Supreme Court… Continue Reading