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The rise of vertical farming

In the contemporary agricultural landscape, interest in vertical farming is surging. This alternative to conventional methods can allow farmer's to cultivate crops in compact spaces, maximizing output without expanding horizontally by instead cultivating crops in vertically stacked layers or inclined surfaces. Increasing land use efficiency is critical as the world grapples with limited arable land, especially in urban areas.

Published: 22 Jan 2024

Palm oil giants push out smallholders in Guatemala; deforestation risks remain

Guatemala is now the third-largest palm oil producer after Malaysia and Indonesia (which produce 88% of the global supply) and is often seen as a more sustainable alternative. Today, more than 60% of Guatemala’s plantations are certified by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO). High certification rates are largely attributed to plantations owned by a handful of producers, making it easier to certify large chunks of the industry, according to RSPO.

Published: 17 Jan 2024

McGill Macdonald Campus Student Wins Canadian Plant Breeding Innovation Award

For the fourth year in a row, a McGill Plant Science student has won one of three annual Canadian Plant Breeding Innovation (CPBI) Innovation scholarships, which recognize up-and-coming young plant breeders.

Published: 10 Jan 2024

Does Canada’s food guide provide adequate guidance for older adults?

The latest Canada’s food guide recommendations are primarily aimed at reducing chronic disease risk, however how well does our national guide for healthy eating serve the nutritional needs of all Canadians?

Published: 8 Jan 2024

Do Wild Varieties of Crops Hold the Key To Developing More Resilient Agriculture?

As hostile weather intensifies, plant breeding focused on climate-adapted crops has taken on a sense of urgency. 

Published: 2 Jan 2024

Des abbatoirs qui vont de ferme en ferme

Animaux transportés sur de longues distances et stressés, cadence d'abattage élevée… Devant les désavantages de l'abattage industriel, une autre solution est possible : l'abattoir mobile, qui se déplace directement à la ferme. […] Kevin Wade, directeur du département des sciences animales de l'Université McGill : Légalement, il est possible d'exploiter un abattoir mobile au Québec, à condition de respecter les exigences prévues par la réglementation (loi et règlements).

Published: 24 May 2018

Father's lasting influence: Molecular foundations of intergenerational transmission of the paternal environment

Laval and McGill researchers team up with Health Canada and international researchers from Africa, Italy, Copenhagen and Greenland to investigate the impact of environmental exposures on the hertibale information coded in the fathers sperm and the health of offspring.  The research team includes Professor Sarah Kimmins of the Department of Animal Science and is funded for $1.5 million by the Institute of Aboriginal Health, and the Institute of Gender and Health.
Published: 22 Apr 2015

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