An Activist Recants on GM Foods – January 16, 2013
Environmental journalist Mark Lynas used to think that genetically modified crops were evil. But now, Mr. Lynas has recanted. He admits he was unequivocally, disastrously wrong about GM foods, and he’s offering his apology.
Rare Corporate Courage and Common Sense – May 22, 2012
Good for Wal-Mart! Despite intense pressure by anti-biotechnology activists, the retailing giant didn’t cave in to demands that it “reject” Monsanto’s genetically engineered (GE) sweet corn (maize).
What’s So weird About the Weather? – August 27, 2011
Contrary to official temperature records, observational evidence from around the world indicates that we are in a period of cooling almost certainly caused by solar changes. This is expected to continue and deepen and poses the real threat to Prairie and Canadian agriculture, most of which is confined to a narrow strip along our southern border. Fifty percent of crops in Manitoba cannot be grown with a 0.5°C overall temperature drop and much of Canadian agriculture is eliminated entirely by a 1°C cooling.
The Shape of Tomorrow's Farming – March 30, 2010
Farming intensity must triple on the best land, in order to protect the poorer land which houses three-fourths of the wild species. Good farmland will become even more important, as one of the scarcest resources.
Transforming Manitoba – January 16, 2010
Manitoba’s old style public sector model has placed the province firmly outside of western Canada's mainstream.
Adapting To Climate Change Through Technology – October 1, 2009
Norman left us a remarkable legacy. But as he told my daughter, “There is no final answer. We have to keep doing research, if we are to keep growing more nutritious food for more people.” The world, its climate and insect pathogens will continue to change. It is vital that we sustain the incredible agricultural revolution that Norman Borlaug began.
The Man Who Defused the 'Population Bomb' – September 16, 2009
"Without high-yield agriculture," Borlaug said, "increases in food output would have been realized through drastic expansion of acres under cultivation, losses of pristine land a hundred times greater than all losses to urban and suburban expansion." Environmentalist criticism was doubly puzzling because in almost every developing nation where high-yield agriculture has been introduced, population growth has slowed as education becomes more important to family success than muscle power.
The Environmental State of Canada – June 30, 2009
PowerPoint slides detailing Canada's environmental progress which accompanied the Meeting for Policy Experts seminar by Dr. Ken Green and Ben Eisen in Winnipeg on June 17th, 2009.
The Common Follies of Banning Bottled Water, Food Miles, and Earth Hour – March 19, 2009
When environmental initiatives ask the wrong questions or pursue the wrong goals they are liable to be ineffective, detract from more pressing concerns, or even do more harm than good.
Somaliland - Sleeping-Walking Into Disaster – July 11, 2008
"And then came the global warming hysteria, an idea that has more to do with Europe’s prosperous middle class politics and media than it has to do with Science but which no politician in the West could be seen to question let alone oppose. It basically makes three claims: that the world is warming up; we are causing it; and it is a bad thing. Each of those claims could be challenged but no one dared to be seen on the `wrong’ side of this `debate’."
Food Shortages: Think Big – April 21, 2008
However, just as livestock are eating the food that would have been consumed by poor Africans, so Americans are running their SUVs on it. One SUV tank of biofuel uses enough grain to feed an African family for a year.
Still Feeding The World – April 11, 2008
He has little patience for “well-fed utopians who live on Cloud Nine but come into the Third World to cause all kinds of negative impacts,” by scaring people and blocking the use of biotechnology.
Is Grain-based Ethanol an Appropriate Policy for Canada? – March 1, 2008
PowerPoint slides from Larry Martin speech on ethanol as good policy in Canada.
Eat Beef if You Care About Environmental Conservation – January 10, 2008
Increasing North American beef consumption supports extensive cattle ranching which, by the way, is a very environmentally sound form of food production.
Dispelling Myths Key, Speaker Says – November 8, 2007
Continuing the Green Revolution – July 25, 2007
China Bars Corn Ethanol Due to High Food Costs – June 26, 2007
Will Organic Farming Save the World? – May 7, 2007
A sentimental naïvety is no substitute for the hard calculation of costs and benefits. Organic farming on a wide scale would entail more environment destruction than it's worth.
Bioheat - Green Energy for Prairies - Powerpoint Slides – November 30, 2006
Roger Samson's powerpoint slides on Bioheat from Switchgrass, November 15, 2006
Evaluating Switchgrass Cultivars - Powerpoint Slides – November 30, 2006
Dr. Paul Jefferson reviews switchgrass energy research, November 14th, 2006 in Regina