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Rick Cheeseman • 7 years ago

Aggressive belligerence by apparently 'independent' individuals is a favourite tactic of the Monsanto crowd.

Trying to initiate, let alone continue, an intelligent dialogue when the hidden agenda is to cast aspersions on anything that remotely resembles truly independent research is a waste of time. I suggest that Dr. Hammemeister simply stop responding to this thread. His time is much better spent elsewhere, anywhere else in fact.

Mischa Popoff • 7 years ago

Sorry to disappoint you Mr. Cheeseman. But I don't work for Monsanto or any other biotech corporation. And I don't make any money from them either.

And what do you mean when you say Dr. Hammermeister should stop responding to this thread? He already did that two weeks ago because he knows he can't prove any of his group's research is worthy of the paper it's printed on.

Mischa Popoff • 7 years ago

Dear Dr. Andrew Hammermeister:

Why not provide us with some examples of how this "research" has helped Canadian organic farmers produce organic crops of higher nutritional content, higher yield, and with better resistance to disease and/or drought. Nothing theoretical please. Actual real-world examples of where the harvesting of Canadian organic crops has been materially improved thanks to the millions of dollars this collaborative Organic Science Cluster has already received from taxpayers.

Dr. Andrew Hammermeister • 7 years ago

The Organic Science Cluster is a collaborative effort managed by the Organic Federation of Canada and the Organic Agriculture Centre of Canada at Dalhousie University. The Cluster includes 37 research Activities being carried out by scientists at 36 institutions (AAFC, Universities, and other) across Canada (see www.dal.ca/oacc). All of the research Activities in this Cluster have been scientifically peer reviewed and have clear objectives, none of which include political activism of any sort (which would not be an eligible activity under this AAFC program).

The fact that Mr. Pratt chose to reference a completely irrelevant source and to publish such ridiculous comments without doing any further investigation is a sign of very poor journalism and questions the credibility and agenda of the author and potentially the paper.

I am available for an interview to discuss the valuable science that is being conducted that supports the most rapidly growing sector in Canadian agriculture.

Dayton • 7 years ago

Congratulations Andrew! How many years have you been working on Organic funding? Hopefully you spend it on research not just funding a handful of Latte addicted PHD bureaucrats with no known objectives.

Mischa Popoff • 7 years ago

Examples Dr. Hammermeister, examples.

Where are they?

Mischa Popoff • 7 years ago

Not only is three-quarters of the organic food sold in Canada is imported; half of it tests positive for prohibited pesticides.

Yeah... real organic.

So much for helping the Canadian organic farmer.