Ag-West Bio believes in science and technology for the advancement of humanity. Thanks to bioscience, we have life-saving drugs (like insulin), vaccines, environmentally friendly cleaners and fuels, biodegradable plastics, and bioremediation. Ag-West Bio promotes the use of biotechnology (which includes genetic modification (GM) and new gene editing techniques) for advancing crop development, because it helps to make agriculture more sustainable, both economically and environmentally.
In this part of the world, GM crops such as canola have reduced the use of pesticides, increased production rates, reduced soil erosion and increased carbon capture thanks to the practice of zero-till. Another example is the Hawaiian papaya industry, which would have been lost if not for genetic modification. The technology has had a huge impact on the environment, on the lives of farmers and on the economy.
In the developing world, GM technology can mean the difference between whether a farmer can feed his or her family, or send his children to school – and it can literally save lives. One example is Golden Rice, modified to contain high levels of beta-carotene in order to prevent vitamin A deficiency, which can lead to blindness and even death.
Canada has an effective, science-based regulatory system. In Canada, each GM food is tested individually – for toxins, allergens, nutritional qualities, chemical safety, and more. It is also assessed for environmental and market impact before it is deregulated. It generally takes seven to 10 years to research, develop and test a new GM food. Visit Health Canada to learn more.
We have compiled a list of websites and blogs that contain interesting information on biotechnology, including genetic modification, especially in relations to agriculture.Please note that clicking on these links will take you away from the Ag-West Bio website, and that we do not control the content of these sites. If you discover a broken link, please let us know.
Best Food Facts
Canadian Food Inspection Agency
Find Our Common Ground
International Service for the Acquisition of Agr-Biotech Applications (ISAAA)
Let’s Talk Science
McGill Office for Science in Society
PBS Learning Media
Sense about Science
Science for Kids
The Biology Corner
The facts about GMOs
World Health Organization
Applied Mythology - Steve Savage
Camistry - Cami Ryan
Center for Food Integrity
Genetic Literacy Project - Jon Entine
Illumination - Kevin Folta
Environmental news and comment - Mark Lynas
Agriwebinar - Robert Wager
SAIFood - Stuart Smyth
SciBabe - Yvette d'Entremont
The Credible Hulk -
The Dr. Joe Show - Joe Schwarcz
Producer blogs with a science focus:
A Farmer's Life - Brian Scott
A Year in the Life of a Farmer - Jake Leguee
Cause Matters - Michele Payne-Knoper
Nurse Loves Farmer - Sarah Schultz
The Adventures of Dairy Carrie – Carrie Mess
The Foodie Farmer - Jennifer Schmidt
The Fanning Mill - Rob Wallbridge
The Real Dirt on Farming - Various authors
Ag More Than Ever
Farm and Food Care Saskatchewan
Farm Food 360
Fresh Air Farmer - Andrew Campbell (videos of modern farm operations)
Also check out Ag-West Bio's guest blog, which covers a wide range of topics!