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Stuart Smyth

A Look Back on 2019

2019 look back
2019 a harrowing ride on the ag & food rollercoaster While the screams elicited from those clutching their seats were not of terror or excitement, but rather of shouts of frustration or just heavy sighs of the bone-weary and exhausted,…

The Luxuries of Food Security

Hunter-gatherer life isn’t sounding so bad. - Samantha Kelly
Full tummies allow for foolish ideas The agriculture industry has the incredible ability to continually improve the production of crops while making it appear effortless, which has allowed people to hold romantic notions about food. Our grocery store shelves are…

Food Safety in Canada not a #1 Concern

Canadian food safety
Consumer perspectives and awareness about how risks are assessed and managed Food and the safety of our food are of the utmost importance to people, or so we thought. In recent research undertaken by my summer student Claire, it appears…

Switching Out Bales for Books

Kicking off the new academic year As summer slides into fall, the hallways once again filled with excitement and enthusiast chatter of returning students. While the excitement is more likely a result of friends reuniting and reminiscing rather than the…

Highlights of the 23rd ICABR Conference

ICABR June 4-7, 2019
From June 4-7, 130 people from academia (including myself), government and industry, convened in Ravello, Italy, to share, listen and discuss the latest research on the bioeconomy and biotechnology at the ICABR conference. With over 60 paper presentations, 3 keynote…