Bioscience education and outreach

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. 

Science websites: 
Academics Review
Best Food Facts
BIO International
Biotech Buzz
Canadian Food Inspection Agency
Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) - Everyday uses for biotechnology
Cornell Alliance for Science
Find Our Common Ground
GMO Answers
GMO Skepti-Forum
Health Canada
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 2.0 
Science for Kids
The Biology Corner
The facts about GMOs
Tim Caulfield: A User's Guide to Cheating Death - Netflix series
World Health Organization

Science blogs:
Agriwebinar - Robert Wager 
Applied Mythology - Steve Savage
Camistry - Cami Ryan 
Center for Food Integrity
(The) Credible Hulk - 
(The) Dr. Joe Show - Joe Schwarcz
Environmental news and comment - Mark Lynas 
Genetic Literacy Project - Jon Entine
Illumination - Kevin Folta
(The) Logic of Science
SAIFood - Stuart Smyth
SciBabe - Yvette d'Entremont
Simply Science

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
Farming Truth - Various authors 
Peel Back the Label - American dairy farmers
The Adventures of Dairy Carrie – Carrie Mess
The Foodie Farmer - Jennifer Schmidt
The Fanning Mill - Rob Wallbridge
The Real Dirt on Farming - Various authors  

Agriculture websites:
Ag More Than Ever
Farm and Food Care Saskatchewan
Farm Food 360
Fresh Air Farmer - Andrew Campbell (videos of modern farm operations)
Real Agriculture
Also check out Ag-West Bio's guest blog, which covers a wide range of topics!