Harriet Kuhnlein awarded the Living Legend award

Congratulations to Dr. Harriet Kuhnlein, Professor Emerita of Human Nutrition who was recently awarded the LIVING LEGEND award from the International Union of Nutritional Sciences in Tokyo!

Published: 31 Jul 2023

New course for Fall 2023: Interdisciplinary discussions of Indigenous Peoples' contemporary issues

Join us in an examination of Indigenous histories and how they relate to contemporary nutrition, environmental and health issues from a Two-Eye Seeing perspective. Learn from Dr.

Published: 31 Jul 2023

Montreal looks to boost lagging participation in food waste collection

All residential buildings in Montreal with under nine units now have brown bins—but only 63 per cent actually sort out their food waste, according to a 2021 survey conducted by the city. Meanwhile, the Lachenaie landfill in Terrebonne—the only landfill in the Montreal area—is set to reach its capacity in 2029.

The city says a large-scale food waste awareness campaign will launch later this year to try to boost citizens' participation in separating out organics. 

Published: 27 Jul 2023

Palm oil plantations and deforestation in Guatemala: Certifying products as 'sustainable' is no panacea

Palm oil, which can be found in roughly half of all packaged supermarket products, is notorious for causing deforestation and biodiversity loss. Efforts to curtail the damage have largely focused on voluntary environmental certification programs that label qualifying palm-oil sources as "sustainable."

Published: 27 Jul 2023

Natural structures can give rise to stronger, lighter systems

In a recent multidisciplinary study published in Advanced Science, researchers build upon the principles of biomimicry by drawing inspiration from the wing of a dragonfly to redesign that of a Boeing 777.

Published: 26 Jul 2023

Sollio, McGill join forces on novel coated fertilizer study; PurYield is being marketed as a nutrient uptake enhancer

Sollio Agriculture has partnered with McGill University to test the benefits of PurYield, a new coated fertilizer which enhances nutrient uptake by plants. Researchers will compare it to commonly used uncoated urea fertilizer to assess its impact on corn grain growth, yield, and quality, as well as greenhouse gas emissions. Previous trials showed a 30% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.

Published: 26 Jul 2023

McGill launches new partnership with the UN International Fund for Agricultural Development

On May 31, 2023, McGill University’s Margaret A. Gilliam Institute for Global Food Security (IGFS) and SOCODEVI, in collaboration with the United Nations International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), held an event showcasing concrete actions to strengthen sustainable agriculture, improve the living conditions of smallholder farmers and increase the resilience of agri-food systems.

Published: 25 Jul 2023

Experts: WHO's cancer research agency to list aspartame sweetener a possible carcinogen

Aspartame, used in products such as diet sodas and chewing gum, will soon be listed as "possibly carcinogenic to humans" for the first time by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), the World Health Organization's (WHO) cancer research arm. (Reuters)

Published: 19 Jul 2023

L’Arboretum Morgan, pour admirer la faune et la flore

L'Arboretum Morgan, qui s'étend sur 245 hectares de réserve forestière, abrite 170 espèces d'oiseaux, 30 types de mammifères et une myriade d'insectes et de plantes. Ses divers habitats, dont des zones humides, des forêts et des champs, offrent une occasion unique d'observer la nature dans toute sa splendeur.

Published: 18 Jul 2023

Lean times hit the vertical farming business

Vertical farming, once touted as the future of agriculture, is currently facing a lean period. Challenges in scalability and energy consumption have cast a shadow on this innovative farming method. 

Published: 18 Jul 2023

Building a more resilient food system

The impacts of climate change, rising fuel costs, geopolitical conflicts, and global supply chain snags make today's delocalized food system—and the 8 billion people who depend on it—increasingly vulnerable. 

Part of the solution to building a more sustainable and resilient agrifood system is to improve local, indoor food production. Researchers in McGill’s Biomass Production Laboratory are doing just that, increasing access to fresh produce year-round.

Published: 10 Jul 2023

Maple Leaf Centre for Food Security awards four scholarships

Maple Leaf Foods and the Maple Leaf Centre for Food Security have announced the four recipients of the 2023/24 Maple Leaf Board Scholarships in Food Insecurity. Recipients, including Masters candidate Shannon Udy from McGill's School of Human Nutrition, will receive a $15,000 scholarship to support their research.

Published: 3 Jul 2023

Des semences de peupliers en abondance à Windsor

Si vous habitez les alentours de la ville de Windsor, peut-être avez-vous remarqué des substances blanches semblables à du pollen amassé sur les trottoirs, les pelouses ou les terrasses. Ce sont des semences de peupliers. À l'émission Matins sans frontières, David Wees, enseignant en horticulture à l'Université McGill, explique l'origine de ces semences, leur importance et comment se comporter vis-à-vis d'elles.

Published: 3 Jul 2023

New research will look at dairy welfare and technology

A new research collaboration at McGill University and the University of Quebec in Montreal will explore the role of artificial intelligence in promoting dairy cattle welfare.

It will be led by Dr. Elsa Vasseur of McGill’s Department of Animal Science and Abdoulaye Baniré Diallo of UQAM’s Department of Computer Science.

Published: 3 Jul 2023

The Mystery of the Vanishing Kestrels: What’s happening to this flashy falcon?

The number of American kestrels has dropped sharply. That goes against the trend for birds of prey, broadly seen as a conservation bright spot.

Hypotheses about the decline abound. In a newly published special issue on kestrels in The Journal of Raptor Research, Dr. Smallwood and David Bird, an emeritus professor of wildlife biology at McGill University in Montreal, list seven possible factors for kestrel declines that they argue merit more research, in no particular order.

Published: 28 Jun 2023


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