Food

Save the Bees

Scientists are in the process of genetically modifying Canadian honeybees to be more resistant to their winter weather. Emily Chan from CTV News discusses this in her article Scientists hope to develop made-for-Canada honeybees. The goal is to have a diagnostics centre where the genomes of bees sent in by beekeepers would be analyzed and given a report on their potential, answering questions about their health including disease resistance and durability in the cold. Therefore, farmers can breed specific bees in order to pass down better traits to future generations.

'Trade facilitates sustainability': The trouble with the local food movement

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The article is about the most important commodity of all which is basic foods, such as chicken and wheat. This article focuses on a major company in the globalization of farming and food exports; Cargill. Cargill is an international company which employs 145,000 people in 67 different countries. According to Cargill, “Trade is sustainability”, therefore this means that when countries export food to other countries then it is sustainable in an economic, social and environmental perspective because all three are utilized when we are trading commodities.

Food for Thought: Misrepresentation of GMOs in Social Media

       Since about twenty years ago, Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) are a part of our everyday world. With the goal of producing seed variants that are more resistant to pesticides as well as being capable of warding off insects, scientists were able to create a “superior” amalgam of organisms by merging the DNA of various species and make large-scale farming a more efficient method. Today, the world produces more food than it actually needs. However, this relatively new science presents many unknowns, and scientists and the public alike are not all yet ready to accept its safety.

Food in the North getting Cold.

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                We have all seen the price of food go up as of late, but the price of food in Canada’s north is so crippling that it would make you scoff. "Brian Platt" from the Catalyst illustrates the issues surrounding the increasing problem of food insecurity in Canada’s north in his article "Experts sound warning on looming food crisis in the North" Written on April 11th 2014.

Caloric Imbalance and Public Health Policy

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Guillaume Martel                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        01/04/14

English for science

Blog Assignment

Quality, healthy food to your doorstep

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I have a tendency to read news articles related to politics but this one caught my eye just as much. The company Mikuni Wild Harvest is known to sell exotic quality food to high quality restaurants around the world. It has made a profit of more than 10 million dollars last year in truffles, sustainable fish and so on but is now reaching out to the common man to sell some of its products.