Browsing All posts tagged under »coexistence«

Trading Places: Two farmers step out of their comfort zones

December 18, 2015

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Have you ever wondered what it would be like to step across the “conventional/organic divide”? During the first week of December, we (Jen Christie and Rob Wallbridge) did just that. Rob (an organic vegetable grower) had been invited to speak on a social media panel at Agri-trend’s Farm Forum Event in Saskatoon, SK; an annual […]

New MacDonald, Old Divisions?

March 2, 2015

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Here's the real irony: campaigns like "New MacDonald" threaten to alienate the very people the organic sector needs most right now: farmers. In my opinion, it's time to start building bridges, not digging trenches.

End the Food Wars: Let’s Fight for Understanding Instead

February 10, 2015

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What would our conversations about food and agriculture look like if we strove for mutual understanding rather than a conversion to our way of thinking? What if the loser of an argument was the one who had failed to gain any understanding or appreciation for the viewpoints of their opponent?

Feeding the World: Beyond the GMO/Organic Dichotomy

August 19, 2014

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Here’s an older post that never made it onto this blog. Originally published by The Genetic Literacy Project on March 25, 2014, this piece addresses common assumptions about organic agriculture’s ability to “feed the world” (including cost and yield) and calls for a recognition that there is no “one right answer” to this issue – in […]

Want to Move the GMO Discussion Forward? Label Them!

March 26, 2014

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Here’s a post I wrote a few weeks ago for the Genetic Literacy Project. Their readers tend toward the “pro-GMO” perspective, and that’s the audience I had in mind when writing this piece. Here’s my thesis: I believe mandatory labels would be the best tool to provide clear, accurate and consistent information to consumers about […]

An Organic Farmer Walks into Monsanto…

December 13, 2013

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The story of how I came to be touring Monsanto starts back in late April and a blog post where I questioned the current tenor of the GMO debate. It caught the attention of Janice Person, a Social Media Director for Monsanto, who commented, “if you ever want to see what we do at Monsanto, I would love […]

We’re a Tossed Salad, Not a Smoothie: Time to Embrace Agricultural Diversity

November 19, 2013

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Time to be truthful – which do you find more appetizing, the tossed salad pictured to the left, or the vegetable smoothie featured below? They  both likely contain similar levels of vitamins and nutrients, probably many of the same ingredients (although it’s impossible to tell exactly what’s in that smoothie, apart from it being predominantly […]