GMOs or Genetically Modified Organisms are another hot topic of great divide. Here's our layman's view of pros and cons.
Somebody recently asked me to write something on neonicotinoides. At first, I was rather reluctant since the topic can raise a few hackles, but the more I thought about it, the more I thought I should write something up.
We always hear talk on the news about the effects of global warming and what we can do about it. There are lots of comments on what industry should do to reduce greenhouse gasses, but what can we as individuals do?
Sometimes people forget that plants are living things and need care and attention. Please don't forget this one key element in a garden.
Everywhere in the media there is talk of reducing pesticide use, which is something we all strive for. Reduction and banning, however, have very different implications.
Being a farmer in Canada isn't an easy task. We're at the mercy of the weather and we're assaulted at all angles from consumers and the media.
I don't think any industry is at the mercy of Mother Nature more than agriculture, and we've suffered our share or blows.
The media is a very powerful source of information and influence. Organic gardening comes up in the media again and again. But there's more information that's missing on the side of organics than what's commonly presented.