The advantages of regenerative agriculture in the prairies

McGill Farm Management and Technology Program Director Pascal Thériault spoke to Radio-Canada's Le Café Show about what regenerative agriculture is, how it can improve water retention in the soil—an increasingly important consideration as climate change increases the frequency and intensity of drought in the prairies, and its role in carbon capture.

Published: 2 Apr 2024

From chocolate to home insurance, climate change is making life more expensive

Rising costs of cocoa due to drought and disease affecting crop yields is proof of how global warming is hitting our pocketbooks, agronomist and economist Pascal Thériault, McGill Farm Management and Technology Program Director, told CBC.

Published: 2 Apr 2024

Four Mac Campus students reach finals in McGill Three-Minute Thesis Competition

What is 3MT/MT180?

In the University-wide 3MT/MT180 competition, graduate students have the chance to showcase their leading-edge research before a live audience. With only three minutes and a single slide, students must engage their audience and convey the complexities of their work to a diverse, non-expert audience. Participants may present their research in English or in French and winners will advance to regional and national competitions.

Published: 26 Mar 2024

Food Security Summit fosters collaboration between student food advocacy groups

Representatives from student groups across campus and beyond gathered in the University Centre for a Food Security Summit on March 15 to discuss ways to improve the sustainability, accessibility, and affordability of food systems at McGill. The summit included presentations, “visioning sessions” where attendees exchanged ideas on discussion questions in smaller groups, and a free lunch. 

Published: 25 Mar 2024

Shrinkflation in house brands

Large retailers are reducing their formats to cut production costs in a period of high food inflation.

Shrinkflation is not sparing the private labels that consumers love to save money on, Radio-Canada reports. Already in the spotlight for their record profits, Canada's major food retailers are in turn reducing the formats of their new products.

Published: 21 Mar 2024

Eclipse events abound at McGill

McGill will be hosting three solar eclipse events on April 8, one downtown, one at Macdonald campus, and another at the Gault Nature Reserve.

Published: 21 Mar 2024

Campus garden initiatives can help grow the next generation of environmental change-makers

No longer a problem of the future, the climate crisis is now driving devastating real-world impacts here in Canada and worldwide.

Published: 15 Mar 2024

Less polluting burps

With its burps and farts, a dairy cow emits as much methane every year as a car driven 20,000 kilometers. Ottawa has just authorized the marketing of a feed additive that could transform the fight against global warming on the farm. 3-NOP could reduce methane emissions from dairy cows by an average of 30%, and from beef cattle by an average of 45%.

How does it work?

Methane is formed in cows' rumen—the front compartment of their stomach—during digestion.

Published: 15 Mar 2024

McGill ranked highest among Canadian university in the “Food Science & Technology” subject—Shanghai Global Ranking 2023

According to the Shanghai Global Ranking 2023, McGill now ranks number one among Canadian universities by the “Food Science & Technology” academic subject. This trend is remarkable, as McGill University has consistently risen in the global ranking year after year.

Published: 15 Mar 2024

McGill Food Science students selected as Institute of Food Technologists finalists

Three teams of McGill Food Science students (food product development class-U3) have been selected as finalists in three different Institute of Food Technologists Student Association (IFTSA) competitions. They will attend the annual IFT FIRST event and expo in Chicago in July 2024, where they will compete with the other teams for cash prizes.

Published: 15 Mar 2024

Ottawa Valley Farm Show highlights latest technology and techniques in Canadian farming

The Ottawa Valley Farm Show, a cornerstone event for the agricultural industry, not only celebrates the achievements of local farmers but also showcases the latest agricultural products and technologies essential for sustaining industry growth.

Caitlin Allen, a recent graduate of McGill's Farm Management and Technology Program, aspires to one day own a dairy farm, but knows that passion and hard work are just part of the puzzle. Innovation is crucial.

Published: 14 Mar 2024

In Bermuda, the signs of the season are changing

White-tailed tropicbirds spend most of the year at sea, out of sight of people. When the seabirds make their annual descent into Bermuda to breed, though, their long, streamer-like tails, snowy white plumage, and shrill calls are impossible to miss. To locals, the birds’ return to the islands is a reliable sign of spring.

Published: 14 Mar 2024

Celebrating International Women’s Day with McGill’s female Deans

Friday, March 8 was International Women’s Day, marking the achievements of women and serving as a call to action for accelerating women’s equality.

This year’s theme is Inspire Inclusion—a message exemplified by McGill’s female leaders. At the moment, 10 of McGill’s 14 deans are women, including our own Acting Dean Valérie Orsat.

Published: 14 Mar 2024

Restoring Quebec’s landscapes for sustainability and resilience

In a new article for the McGill Reporter, Department of Natural Resource Sciences PhD Candidate Elson Ian Nyl Galang argues that to restore Quebec’s landscapes for sustainability and resilience, we need to carefully think about which pathways of development and decision-making we prioritize.

Published: 14 Mar 2024


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