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Why the price of bananas stays low and steady

Although bananas are not immune to price spikes, as seen recently due to poor harvests, the desire of retailers to keep them affordable and an efficient production chain largely explain why the popular fruit remains among the most accessible in the supermarket year round, agronomist and economist Pascal Thériault, McGill Farm Management and Technology Program Director,

Published: 27 Feb 2024

Small dietary changes can cut your carbon footprint by 25%

The latest Canada’s Food Guide presents a paradigm shift in nutrition advice, nixing traditional food groups, including meat and dairy, and stressing the importance of plant-based proteins. Yet, the full implications of replacing animal with plant protein foods in Canadians’ diets are unknown.

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Published: 27 Feb 2024

How McGill alum and Canadian wheat warrior Margaret Newton helped fight against a rusty menace

In the second installment of their "brief history of wheat" series for Good News Grows, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada tells the story of McGill alum Margaret Newton (BSA 1918, MSc 1919) and her rise in the world of Canadian agriculture.

Published: 20 Feb 2024

Macdonald Farm: A unique place of learning on the island of Montréal

La famille du lait featured our very own Macdonald Campus Farm in their online magazine, speaking to General Manager Janice Pierson.

Published: 20 Feb 2024

New arrangement involving McGill keeps bean breeding program alive at AAFC Morden

The dry bean breeding program at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s Morden Research Centre in Manitoba will continue for at least another five years under a new arrangement involving McGill University in Quebec and AAFC’s Harrow Research Centre in Ontario.

Published: 20 Feb 2024

The organic songs of BSc(Ag.Env.Sc.) Alum Shaina Hayes

Ahead of the release of her second album, Kindergarten Heart , expected on February 23, Mac Campus alum Shaina Hayes spoke to Le Devoir about where she finds inspiration for her work and the connection between her farming and her music.

Published: 20 Feb 2024

Montrealers denounce the extent of food waste in grocery stores

A group of Montrealers, upon seeing a huge truck filled with unsold food from grocery stores each week in their neighbourhood, are raising the alarm about the extent of food waste.

Published: 20 Feb 2024

AAFC announces $11M in funding for Pulse Canada, including $1.6M for McGill's Pulse Breeding and Genetics Lab

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) has announced $11 million in new funding for Pulse Canada.

$1.6 million of this investment will go to McGill Department of Plant Science Professor Valerio Hoyos-Villegas' Pulse Breeding and Genetics Lab.

Winnipeg South Centre MP Ben Carr made the announcement at the University of Manitoba on February 9 on behalf of federal Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay.

Published: 14 Feb 2024

Farm Management and Technology students celebrate Canada's Ag Day at Future of Food Conference

On Canada's Agriculture Day on February 13, year 2 and 3 students in McGill's Farm Management and Technology (FMT) program attended the Future of Food conference in Ottawa, thanks to sponsors Farm Credit Canada and CropLife Canada. This one-day event features speakers and industry leaders in Canadian agriculture and food discussing innovation and how Canada can shape the food industry.

Published: 14 Feb 2024

Spotlighting McGill’s women in STEM

This Sunday, February 11, marks the United Nation’s International Day of Women and Girls in Science, which promotes full and equal access to science for women and girls.

Published: 8 Feb 2024

Lunchbox specialist Cook it takes refuge from creditors to be bought out

Times are tough in the ready-to-eat and boxed meal industries. In order to be able to continue in business, Cook it has taken steps to protect itself from creditors, and is planning to be bought out by British Columbia-based Fresh Prep Foods.

Published: 5 Feb 2024

Deglaciated Soils: Microorganisms emerging from melting glaciers

Growing up in Minnesota, McGill PhD student Scott Sugden spent a lot of time outdoors, particularly canoeing and backpacking in the Arctic. 

The Arctic became a landscape that he cared deeply about. It led to work in outdoor education, a high school biology classroom, and now as a researcher in environmental microbiology. 

Published: 1 Feb 2024

Potential for Chickpea Production in the Northeast

In a new article for The Maine Organic Farmer & Gardener, Javed Sidiqi, Eric Bishop Von Wettberg and McGill Plant Science Assistant Professor Valerio Hoyos Villegas dive into the potential of the humble chickpea, an increasingly popular legume known for high nutritional value and nitrogen-fixing properties. 

Published: 31 Jan 2024

A day of learning in the Longhouse

On November 22, a delegation of McGill senior academic leaders, including Interim Vice-President (Global Engagement) and Department of Plant Science Professor Anja Geitmann, Associate Provost (Teaching and Academic Programs) and Department of Natural Resource Sciences Professor Christopher Buddle, and School of Human Nutrition Professor

Published: 24 Jan 2024

Canada's Food Guide may be less accurate for seniors

Seniors aged 65 and over who meet the recommendations of Canada's new Food Guide may not be getting enough of some important nutrients, warns a new study published by researchers at McGill University: their diet may not contain enough folate, vitamin D and calcium.

Published: 22 Jan 2024

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