by Stan Hirst In his recent book I’m right and you’re an idiot author James Hoggan describes the ‘public square’ as a literal and symbolic place where people meet to discuss important community matters and governance, and to participate in democracy. He notes that the modern public square, especially in relation to environmental concerns, has… Continue reading Genetically engineered crops: discord in the public square
by Stan Hirst Genetically-engineered crops and foods derived from them have been in commercial production for just under 20 years. That’s a surprisingly brief period considering the intensity of the debates and the assessments that have raged around their development and commercial deployment. Here in Canada the use of terms like ‘genetically modified’, ‘genetically engineered’,… Continue reading Genetically engineered crops are here to stay.
GMO rejection seen through the lens of climate change denial by Peggy Olive Relying on the opinions of experts is something we do because we’re not know-it-alls. Through social media the Suzuki Elders have recently discussed genetically-modified (GM) foods. Are they safe for us? Do they improve crop yields as touted? Are they increasing the… Continue reading How do we know when we’ve achieved a consensus?
by Stan Hirst I met my neighbour Elinor in the supermarket the other day. She was in Hot & Cold Cereals studying the side panel of a cornflakes box. As I strolled up she shook her head and replaced the box on the shelf. I recognized the cereal as one I sometimes buy, so I… Continue reading A few things we should know about GMO