Learn about Agriculture

What are GMOs and are they okay to eat? What does organic farming look like? How are animals like chickens or cattle raised?

snapAG is a series of resources that invite students to explore the hot topics affecting the agriculture industry today. Topics range from organics, biotechnology, GMOs, livestock, and more.

Explore what’s trending in agriculture in Canada by browsing the topics below.

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Welcome to snapAG

What are GMO's

What are GMO's

What is a GMO?

What’s in a name?

GMO stands for “genetically modified organism”. The genetics of virtually all plant-based food we eat today have been modified over time, so the term “GMO” could technically apply to all of them. When people talk about GMOs, they are often referring to genetic engineering.

Genetic engineering refers to specific methods used to precisely change an organism’s DNA. This method of plant breeding is used by scientists to enhance or modify the characteristics of an individual organism.

Plant domestication by the earliest farmers 10,000 years ago is an example of genetic modification. There are many ways to genetically modify a plant. These include domestication, conventional breeding, mutagenesis and genetic engineering.

 

GMO Foods

GMO Foods

Summary: Are you concerned about eating food that has been genetically altered? What’s the benefit to me?

GMO's Around the World

GMO's Around the World

Summary:  What if there was a way to help farmers grow crops that could protect themselves from pests while producing essential vitamins and minerals to fight malnutrition in children?  That way is genetic engineering.

 

Advanced Plant Breeding

Advanced Plant Breeding

Summary:  Crop breeding is a rapidly advancing science, that uses genetic and biological innovations to efficiently develop better crop varities.

Plant Breeding and Food Security

Plant Breeding and Food Security

Summary:  The 1996 World Food Summit states that food security "exists when all people, at all times, have physical and ecnomoic access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food to meet their dietary needs and food prefereneces for an active and healthy life." How can plant breeding contribute to food security?

Genetics and Plant Breeding

Genetics and Plant Breeding

Summary:  DNA is the recipe for life!  Differences in the genetic code are the reason why one person has blue eyes rather than brown, why some people are susceptible to certain diseases, why birds only have two wings, and why giraffes have long necks.

History of Plant Breeding

History of Plant Breeding

Summary: Did you know the cultivation of the first crops led to the first permanent settlements? Plant domestication started some 10,000 years ago by farmers selecting the best performing plants in a field.

Glyphosate

Glyphosate

Glyphosate is one of the most widely used and effective herbicides (to kill weeds) used in the world today. 

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