Electric vehicles pose a dilemma of conscience

When we consider the source of electricity, the invasive nature of copper mining for batteries and components, and other factors, the jury is out

Electric vehicles pose a dilemma of conscienceIn the push to normalize electric vehicles, many forget it’s not the end of the road as far as environmental impact is concerned. Presumably, those using electric vehicles or hybrids are motivated by a desire to improve the environment, especially by reducing carbon emissions into the atmosphere. Many owners of these vehicles derive satisfaction and…

Agri-food supercluster could super-charge Canada’s economy

Nine groups await word from Ottawa on which gets to tap the $950-million supercluster innovation fund

Agri-food supercluster could super-charge Canada’s economyThe supercluster effect is one of the intriguing outcomes of dangling dollars in front of sectors hungry for innovation investment. Nine groups await word from the federal government on which gets to tap the $950-million supercluster innovation coffer. Ottawa established the fund last year to help reshape the Canadian economy and set it up for future…

How blockchain can revolutionize the foodchain

Blockchain would enhance agri-food transparency, productivity, competitiveness and sustainability

How blockchain can revolutionize the foodchainThe cryptocurrency revolution has introduced some interesting technology, notably the blockchain concept, which holds great potential for the agri-food sector. Blockchain is a way of storing and sharing information across a network of users in an open virtual space. The technology allows users to look at all transactions simultaneously and in real-time. In the food industry,…

The coyotes are back and their dining habits can be a problem

However, our golden retriever should be big enough by the spring to pose a threat to any hungry coyotes

The coyotes are back and their dining habits can be a problemFergus the golden retriever and I went for a walk in the back 40 on a sunny autumn day. Halfway through the second field, I realized I’d chosen the best possible conditions for the dog to get as muddy as possible. The pasture, which appeared to be lush and green, was deceptively wet. Fergus was…