AIC Notes    Top Issue 2011-31      August 25, 2011 
In This Issue
AIC Notes on Holidays
Canadian Farmers Give Direction for Next Federal Budget
Canada's Cattle Herd Shrinks, Hog Supplies Rise
New Soy Varieties Result from Research Alliance
Feds Pushing Biosecurity Plans for Grains
Crop Protection Saves Canadians Millions: Report
Southern Manitoba Firm Funded for Fire Logs from Flax Shives
Nitrogen in the Soil Cleans the Air
Radical Overhaul of Farming Could be 'Game-Changer' for Global Food Security
Food Security Helps Wildlife
The Innovators
Coming Events

AIC Notes on Holidays


AIC Notes will be on holiday on September 1, and will return September 8, 2011. 


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Canadian Farmers Give Direction for Next Federal Budget 


The Grain Growers of Canada (GGC) recently submitted a formal pre-budget consultation policy paper to the House of Commons' Standing Committee on Finance as part of the Federal Government's pre-budget process. 


"The Government needs to hear what real farmers want to see in the next budget," says Stephen Vandervalk, President of the GGC.  "By being this proactive, we get our policy ideas moving in the right government circles."


Within the document (available at, the Grain Growers highlight many areas where minimum change to Federal Government policy would benefit Canadian farmers.  It also demonstrates how the Federal Government could reward good environmental farm practices through tax credits, and how to stimulate research. 


"This sort of positive reinforcement is a win/win for Canadian farmers and for the Government," explains Vandervalk.  "Tax incentives for practical items like lower emission engines and updated GPS systems to reduce inputs are not only good for farmers, they are also good for the general public that cares about the environment."


"Growers are asking for more research dollars and our document contains a very innovative idea on how to improve research funding," says Vandervalk. "We want to see successful programs retain the revenue generated to encourage even more success."


Policy areas covered in the Grain Growers' pre-budget submission include:


Regulatory Costs

Food Safety and Sustainability

Young Farmers

Innovation and Market Development

Rail Service Review


The GGC policy document explains how more public-private research partnerships are needed and how the implementation of the Rail Service Review's recommendations is the single most important policy action Canadian farmers need today.  "With harvest around the corner, we need the Federal Government to make Rail Service Review one of its highest priorities," says Vandervalk.


Representing over 80,000 successful wheat, barley, canola, oat, corn, pea, lentil, rye and triticale farmers across Canada, the Grain Growers of Canada is well known as the national voice of Canadian grain farmers.


For more information on the Grain Growers, or to see a full copy of the brief please visit


Grain Growers of Canada Press Release, August 23, 2011


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Canada's Cattle Herd Shrinks, Hog Supplies Rise 


Canada's cattle herd shrank as of July 1 to its smallest in 17 years, while the number of hogs rose by mid-year for the first time in five years, Statistics Canada said Monday.


Farmers had nearly 13.9 million head of cattle on their farms, down 0.8 per cent from a year ago, continuing a six-year slide. High costs of feed grains and a robust Canadian dollar have cut into farmers' profits, although cattle prices are sharply higher than a year ago.


Farmers reported 11.9 million hogs at mid-year, up 0.8 per cent, marking their second straight quarter of growth. Supplies of sows and gilts, however -- a measurement of the growth potential of hog supplies -- dipped 1.1 per cent to their lowest level in 11 years.


Live cattle exports of 374,400 head during the first half of 2011 marked a drop of about 40 per cent from a year earlier.


The U.S. country-of-origin meat-labelling law (COOL), which Canada and Mexico are fighting through the World Trade Organization, has curtailed Canadian livestock exports to the United States for several years.


Hog exports eased 3.1 per cent during the second quarter to 1.4 million head.


Country Guide, August 22, 2011


New Soy Varieties Result from Research Alliance


It's the nature of news-what's hot today usually disappears tomorrow. Such was the case a year or so ago with the Canadian Field Crop Research Alliance, a coming together of field crop research interests in Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic Canada. The alliance's creation was a banner headline in agriculture, being a creative and potentially ultra-effective approach to new field crop developments.

Then, as many stories do, it left the radar screen.


But its participants didn't. Last week, the Guelph-based Grain Farmers of Ontario put the initiative back in the spotlight when it announced 10 new soybean varieties had been developed through the alliance's efforts.


That's huge. Soybeans are Ontario's biggest field crop. Any gains in this commodity's genetics are significant to the overall agri-food sector. And gains happen through research and breeding.


The varieties have been developed under the broad umbrella of a three-year project called Advanced Canadian Field Crops Through Breeding, funded by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. Some of new varieties had already been under development with support from the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA). Now, they're ready to be licensed to seed companies and made available to farmers. In fact, some already are.


Germplasm exchange and knowledge sharing has been integral to the advances in these breeding programs, says Crosby Devitt, manager of market development and research with the Grain Farmers of Ontario. For example, OMAFRA-supported researchers from the University of Guelph main campus and Ridgetown campus, and from federal research stations in Harrow and Ottawa, worked together to see these varieties produced.


Devitt says successfully introducing new soybean varieties is just the first triumph to come out of this project. He says he's looking forward to seeing more results over the next few years in the other five crops the project covers - corn, winter wheat, spring wheat, oats and barley.


The new varieties were developed for a range of environments. They're primarily conventional, and aimed at premium markets, such as non-genetically modified identity preserved, and food grade identity preserved.


But that doesn't mean things have slowed down on the genetically modified front.


At the same time the field crop alliance results were being reported, CropLife Canada, a pro-crop protection organization, released a new report claiming modern crop protection - which includes genetically modified crops - saves Canadian families millions of dollars every year.


The report says crop protection and biotechnology saves up to 70 per cent on any food that requires wheat flour or soy, 53 per cent on vegetables and 39 per cent on fruit.


Crop protection products contribute to a vibrant Canadian economy, it says, offering solutions to some of the world's greatest challenges - climate change, food security and water shortages among them. That's occurring through the development of drought resistant crops, as well as those with special nutritional traits and abilities to create their own defences against insects.


There's no question genetically modified crops have become popular with many Canadian farmers, who planted about 20 million acres of them last year. Still, the challenge remains for the agriculture sector to demonstrate the value of crop protection in any form to the public. The sector must make reports like the ones mentioned here living reports, and get more than a headline of out them. People need to be shown technology's vital role in keeping the world fed, locally, nationally or globally.


Owen Roberts, Guelph Mercury, August 22, 2011 


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Feds Pushing Biosecurity Plans for Grains


The avian influenza crisis in British Columbia and foot and mouth disease outbreaks across the world assures that the word biosecurity is well understood by Ontario's livestock and poultry producers. Grain and oilseeds farmers are going to find out what it means for the crops they grow in their fields as well.


The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is developing a voluntary biosecurity standard for crops grown to feed humans, livestock and industrial purposes. The goal is to help farmers control pests and diseases on their farms.


The standard is being developed by the Grains and Oilseeds Sector Biosecurity Advisory Group with representatives from grower organizations, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, the Canada Grains Council, the Canadian Grain Commission and provincial agriculture departments.


The crop types covered in the standard will include official and unofficial grains defined under the Canada Grains Act. The official grains include; corn, soybeans, wheat, barley, oats, rye, triticale, canola , pulses, and mixed grains while the unofficial grains include canary seed, spelt, kamut and quinoa.


The Canada Grains Council has a voluntary food safety program called ExcelGrains Canada. Farm input is coming from a committee of farmers appointed by organizations from across the country. Dale Riddell, program manager, says the same committee is contributing to the biosecurity standard.


"Farmers recognize there's a lot of interest in making sure that we are doing a credible job in being safe and prudent in the production of food," Riddell explains.


Farmers were insistent that both the ExcelGrains Canada program and the biosecurity guidelines being developed now by CFIA should be national. They didn't want each province to have its own set of guidelines. They were also insistent that both programs be voluntary.


The term 'farm-level biosecurity' means using a series of management practices to minimize prevent or control the introduction and spread of pests and diseases at the farm level, explains a CFIA press release. The national voluntary standard will give farmers a common approach for controlling major plant pests and diseases, such as bacteria, fungi, insects and weeds.


Riddell says most farmers already take some biosecurity measures in their operations. "It can range from watching the kind of seed that you use to who comes on your farm."


The biosecurity standard being developed is focusing strictly on biosecurity guidelines as a tool for farmers, Riddell says. The on-farm food safety program developed by the Canada Grains Council goes beyond biosecurity.


Kanwal Kochhar, national manager of the CFIA grains and oilseeds section, says the grains and oilseeds standard is being developed as part of the federal government's ongoing efforts to establish on-farm biosecurity standards for the agricultural industry. Animal on-farm biosecurity standards are already being developed with the first one, the national avian on-farm biosecurity standard, being done in 2009.


"A year ago it was identified that some plant standards should be developed," she says. "Two sectors, grains and oilseeds and potato, were identified as top priorities."


When it's completed, Kochhar says the standard will be like a booklet identifying the best management practices farmers can use to keep disease and pest levels to a minimum. There will also be brochures and web content that will help farmers develop their own farm-specific biosecurity plans.


The national standard will complement existing farm-level biosecurity programs and will take about two years to develop. Funding for its development is coming from the Growing Forward Agricultural Policy Framework. A total of $9.364 million was earmarked to be used from 2009 to 2013 to develop national biosecurity standards for eight priority commodities, including beef, dairy, bees, sheep, goats, mink, potato and grains and oilseeds.


Susan Mann, Better Farming, August 23, 2011 


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Crop Protection Saves Canadians Millions:  Report


Modern crop protection saves Canadian families millions of dollars every year, according to a new report released by the pro-crop protection organization CropLife Canada.


The report, written by Mark Goodwin Consulting Ltd., says crop protection and biotechnology save consumers up to 70 per cent on any food that requires wheat flour or soy, 53 per cent on vegetables and 39 per cent on fruit.


Crop protection products contribute to a vibrant Canadian economy, it says, offering solutions to some of the world's greatest challenges -- climate change, food security and water shortages among them.

"The value of these innovations to farmers is undeniable, but more impressive is their impact on Canadians across the country and their contribution to the economy as a whole," says the report.


The efficiencies that growers and food workers have implemented have led to an agriculture sector that Industry Canada statistics say generated more than $70 billion in economic activity -- almost nine per cent of Canada's GDP in 2008 -- according to the report.


Agriculture and the Canadian agri-food system account for one out of every eight jobs, employing two million people. The report says one element that's enabled this growth is crop protection chemistries and modern plant breeding techniques, including plant biotechnology.


There's no question genetically modified crops have become popular with many Canadian farmers, who planted nearly 22 million acres of them last year. Despite these numbers, the challenge remains demonstrating the value of crop protection in any form to the public.


Owen Roberts, FCC Express, August 19, 2011


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Southern Manitoba Firm Funded for Fire Logs from Flax Shives 


A south-central Manitoba company's plans to burn flax shives in wood stoves and fireplaces, rather than in flax fields after harvest, has picked up federal funding toward the cost of its new packing equipment.


Flax Power, based at Carman, Man., about 70 km south of Portage la Prairie, will get over $87,000 in Agri-Opportunities funding toward its product development and equipment, the federal government said Monday.


The company has developed a way to densely pack flax shives into an "all-natural, environmentally friendly, long-burning fire log," which it's dubbed the "PowerLog," the government said.


The finished product can be used instead of cord wood in burning appliances such as wood stoves, fireplaces or patio burners, the government said.


Flax shives, the straw and pieces of the plant stem left over once the seed is harvested, are generally considered farm waste and are often burned where they lay in the field after harvest.


The Agri-Opportunities funding "is not only helping to open up additional markets for our flax producers but it is also making use of an agricultural byproduct in an environmentally friendly way," federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz said in a release.


"Being able to produce more is not only good news for our company but also for flax farmers who supply the feedstock," Flax Power CEO Kevin Lumb said in the same release.


The five-year Agri-Opportunities program wrapped up at the end of March and is no longer taking applications.


The $134 million program had focused on backing projects in the "later stage of commercialization, when agricultural products, processes and services are ready to be introduced to the marketplace."


Country Guide, August 23, 2011


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Nitrogen in the Soil Cleans the Air 


Eutrophication harms the environment in many ways. Unexpectedly, nitrogen fertilizer may also be positive for the environment. And even acidic soils, promoting the destruction of forests, can have a positive effect. Researchers from the Biogeochemistry Department at the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry in Mainz found out that nitrogen fertilizer indirectly strengthens the self-cleaning capacity of the atmosphere.


The new study shows that nitrous acid is formed in fertilized soil and released to the atmosphere, whereby the amount increases with increasing soil acidity. In the air, nitrous acid leads to the formation of hydroxyl radicals oxidizing pollutants that then can be washed out. Previously, this nitrogen-effect has not been taken into account by geoscientists. The gap has now been closed by the Max Planck researchers.


Our air partly cleans itself as pollutants are being oxidized by hydroxyl radicals and washed out by rain. Now, researchers at the Max Planck Institute in Mainz and colleagues in Beijing have discovered the origin of a bulk part of the nitrous acid that is acting beside ozone as a source of hydroxyl radicals. According to their studies, large quantities of the acid are released into the atmosphere from soil. In nitrogen-rich soils the acid is formed from nitrite ions produced through microbiological transformations of ammonium and nitrate ions. The more acidic the soil is and the more nitrite it contains, the more nitrous acid is released. Through this pathway some of the nitrogen in fertilized soil escapes into the air.


In the latest issue of the journal Science, the Mainz researchers describe how they demonstrated the existence of this previously unnoticed pathway in the nitrogen cycle. They measured the concentration of HONO -- a chemical term for gaseous nitrous acid -- that escaped from a defined volume of arable soil. They added nitrite to a soil sample and varied its water content. The quantity of released HONO closely matched the researchers' estimates based on acid/base and solubility equilibria. Based on these findings they can also explain why previous studies had measured high levels of HONO in the air above fertilized agricultural soil.


The source of the high concentrations of HONO observed in the lower atmosphere had long been a mystery. "Soil is a complex system involving interactions between countless chemicals and biological organisms," says Hang Su, the lead author of the paper. "Before us, no one seems to have investigated the soil-atmosphere exchange of nitrous acid."


The fact that soil emits HONO is not just locally, but also globally significant for air quality and the nitrogen cycle. "Next, we plan to work across disciplines with soil and climate researchers to quantify the effect in different types of soil and under different environmental conditions," adds research group leader Ulrich Pöschl. The findings will then be incorporated into a global model.


The Max Planck researchers suspect that soil-based HONO emissions could strongly increase especially in developing countries due to more extensive fertilization, soil acidification, and climate-related rise in temperature. This is expected to produce more hydroxyl radicals, which increase the oxidizing power of the air.


Story Source:

The above story is reprinted (with editorial adaptations by ScienceDaily staff) from materials provided by Max-Planck-Gesellschaft.

Max-Planck-Gesellschaft (2011, August 22). Nitrogen in the soil cleans the air: Nitrogen-containing soil is a source of hydroxyl radicals that remove pollutants from the atmosphere. ScienceDaily. Retrieved August 23, 2011, from­ /releases/2011/08/110819131519.htm 


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Radical Overhaul of Farming Could be 'Game-Changer' for Global Food Security 


According to the authors of new research released today at the World Water Week in Stockholm, a radical transformation in the way farming and natural systems interact could simultaneously boost food production and protect the environment-two goals that often have been at odds. The authors warn, however, that the world must act quickly if the goal is to save the Earth's main breadbasket areas-where resources are so depleted the situation threatens to decimate global supplies of fresh water and cripple agricultural systems worldwide.


A new analysis resulting from the joined forces of the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) outlines the urgent need to rethink current strategies for intensifying agriculture, given that food production already accounts for 70 to 90 percent of withdrawals from available water resources in some areas. The report, An Ecosystem Services Approach to Water and Food Security, finds that in many breadbaskets, including the plains of northern China, India's Punjab and the Western United States, water limits are close to being "reached or breached." Meanwhile, 1.6 billion people already live under conditions of water scarcity, and the report warns that number could soon grow to 2 billion. The current situation in the Horn of Africa is a timely reminder of just how vulnerable to famine some regions are.


"Agriculture is both a major cause and victim of ecosystem degradation," said Eline Boelee of IWMI, the lead scientific editor of the report. "And it is not clear whether we can continue to increase yields with the present practices. Sustainable intensification of agriculture is a priority for future food security, but we need to take a more holistic 'landscape' approach."


Meanwhile, a separate report by IWMI, Wetlands, Agriculture and Poverty Reduction, warns against seeking to protect wetlands by simply excluding agriculture. It argues that policies focused simply on wetland preservation and ignore the potential of 'wetland agriculture' to increase food production and contribute to reducing poverty.


"Blanket prohibitions against cultivation do not always reduce ecosystem destruction and can make things worse," said Matthew McCartney of IWMI, who co-authored the report. "For example, the grassy 'dambo' wetlands of sub-Saharan Africa often provide vital farmland to the rural poor. Banning farming in these areas, however, has exacerbated rather than reduced ecosystem destruction. It has prompted deforestation upstream and led to a shift from farming to grazing in the wetlands themselves so that, overall, there has been a much greater impact on these natural systems. What is needed is a balance: appropriate farming practices that support sustainable food production and protect ecosystems."


New Alliance Between Agriculture and Environment Groups


The two reports seek a new path toward achieving both food security and environmental health. They focus on radically reorienting practices and policies so that farming occurs in 'agroecosystems' that exist as part of the broader landscape, where they help maintain and supplement clean water, clean air and biodiversity.


"We are seeing a growing trend of alliances between traditionally conservationist groups and those concerned with agriculture," said David Molden, Deputy Director General for Research at IWMI. UNEP is the voice of the environment of the United Nations, and IWMI is part of the world's largest consortium of agricultural researchers, the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR).


"For instance," Molden continued, "UNEP has adopted food security as a new strategic concern. And IWMI and its partners in the CGIAR are developing a multi-million dollar research program that will look at water as an integral part of ecosystems to help solve issues of water scarcity, land and environmental degradation. IWMI has also recently become a key partner with the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands on the topic of the relationship between wetlands and agriculture."


"The various political, research and community alliances now emerging are challenging the notion that we have to choose between food security and ecosystem health by making it clear that you can't have one without the other," he added.


Examples of Successful Integration in the Field


UNEP and IWMI and collaborators have identified multiple opportunities to use trees on dryland farms that will intensify the amount of food produced per hectare of land area while helping to improve the surrounding ecosystem. They note that by integrating trees and hedgerows, farmers can prevent runoff and soil erosion and retain more water for nourishing their crops.


Another example of innovative thinking include better water and soil management in rainfed systems in sub-Saharan Africa, which have demonstrated the ability to reverse land degradation while at the same time increasing crop yields by twofold or threefold.


Overall, the authors say it's time for decision-makers at the international, national and local level to embrace an agroecosystem approach to food production. These changes could include providing more farmers with incentives to adopt improved practices through 'payments for environmental services (PES)'.


One example being explored by the CGIAR's Challenge Program on Water and Food (CPWF) is the potential for benefit sharing in river basin areas of Peru, Ecuador and Colombia. Upstream users value the water for irrigation and ecotourism and also have a spiritual affiliation with the ecosystem. The hydropower companies need a steady stream to support electrification of the growing urban population downstream. Large-scale farms and agro-industry also need increasing supplies of water.


"More and more agriculture needs to be brought into the 'green economy'," said Alain Vidal of the CPWF. "We need to value farming practices that protect our precious water resources in the same way we are beginning to value forest management that helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions, especially because those natural resources support the livelihoods of the most vulnerable."


In the report, An Ecosystem Services Approach to Water and Food Security, experts from UNEP, IWMI and 19 other organizations acknowledge that one major impediment to adopting a more sustainable approach to food production is that it requires a new level of cooperation and coordination among officials and organizations involved in agriculture, environmental issues, water management, forestry, fisheries and wildlife management-individuals and groups who routinely operate in separated, disconnected worlds.


"It is essential that in the future we do things differently. There is a need for a seminal shift in the way modern societies view water and ecosystems and the way we, people, interact with them," said David Molden. "Managing water for food and ecosystems will bring great benefits, but there is no escaping the urgency of this situation. We are heading for disaster if we don't change our practices from business as usual."


The International Water Management Institute (IWMI) is a nonprofit, scientific research organization focusing on the sustainable use of land and water resources in agriculture, to benefit poor people in developing countries. IWMI's mission is "to improve the management of land and water resources for food, livelihoods and the environment." IWMI has its headquarters in Colombo, Sri Lanka, and regional offices across Asia and Africa. The Institute works in partnership with developing countries, international and national research institutes, universities and other organizations to develop tools and technologies that contribute to poverty reduction as well as food and livelihood security (


The CGIAR Challenge Program on Water and Food (CPWF) was launched in 2002 as a reform initiative of the CGIAR. The CPWF aims to increase the resilience of social and ecological systems through better water management for food production (crops, fisheries and livestock). The CPWF does this through an innovative research and development approach that brings together a broad range of scientists, development specialists, policymakers and communities to address the challenges of food security, poverty and water scarcity. The CPWF is currently working in six river basins globally: Andes, Ganges, Limpopo, Mekong, Nile and Volta (


CGIAR Press Release, August 21, 2011


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Food Security Helps Wildlife 


A study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) documents the success of a Wildlife Conservation Society program that uses an innovative business model to improve rural livelihoods while restoring local wildlife populations.


Known as COMACO (Community Markets for Conservation), the program began in Zambia in 2003 and has resulted in wildlife populations stabilizing and rebounding in areas once ravaged by poaching. In addition, local people -- including some of the world's poorest farmers -- are now benefitting from higher crop yields and improved livelihoods.


The study appears in the August 23rd edition of PNAS. Authors include Dale Lewis, Mwangala Mukamba of the Wildlife Conservation Society; Makondo Kabila; Samuel Bell, Kim Bothi, Lydia Gatere, Carmen Moraru, Johannes Lehman, James, Lassoie, David Wolfe, David Lee, Louise Buck, and Alexander Travis of Cornell University; John Fay of the University of Cape Town; and Edwin Matokwaani and Matthews Mushimbalume of the Zambian Wildlife Authority.


The COMACO program teaches rural villagers -- including former poachers -- sustainable agriculture methods that improve crop yields while reducing deforestation. COMACO then helps them earn more by adding value to crops, such as selling peanut butter instead of peanuts. Importantly, the program provides access to national and international commodity and retail markets. COMACO links membership in the cooperative business with wildlife conservation by having new participants turn in their guns and snares and by monitoring of the sustainable practices.


"COMACO represents a pragmatic solution to several related problems that plague rural Africa: poverty, deforestation, and loss of wildlife," said the study's lead author and COMACO founder Dale Lewis of the Wildlife Conservation Society. "This study documents COMACO's initial successes and outlines some of the challenges that lie ahead to ensure the program's long-term success."


Since 2003, the program has trained more than 40,000 farmers. More than 61,000 wire snares and 1,467 guns have been voluntarily turned in by participants. The program has expanded from two locations in the Luangwa Valley to a growing network of sites surrounding national parks, providing a buffer of reduced poaching and snare use.


As part of the study, aerial surveys show that wildlife including zebra, wildebeest, eland and other species have stabilized or are increasing following steady declines in the 1980s and 1990s from rampant poaching.


"COMACO shows how conservation can and should work," said John Robinson, WCS Executive Vice President for Conservation and Science. "Conservation cannot function without the buy-in of local people, and this is a shining example of how that goal can be achieved with impressive results for both people and wildlife."


In addition to environmental benefits, the study showed that COMACO farmers, particularly women, had higher crop yields than their non-COMACO peers. In response, many non-COMACO farmers are now adopting sustainable farming methods, learning from their COMACO-trained neighbors. Consequently, soil quality has improved with higher soil carbon on sustainable farms than on conventional farms.


As a business, COMACO is diversifying its products and markets. An important example is production of high-energy protein supplements sold to Catholic Relief Services and the World Food Programme for feeding orphans, HIV patients and refugees.


These efforts have allowed COMACO to move consistently toward an economic break-even point.

"They are trying to do something that very few wildlife and social interventions have ever dreamed of, which is to become self-sufficient," said co-author Alexander Travis of Cornell University's Baker Institute for Animal Health.


Funding for COMACO has been provided by the Royal Norwegian Embassy, Mulago Foundation, Jasmine Foundation, Lundin for Africa, CARE International, General Mills, William Lloyd, and Harvey and Heidi Bookman. Research funding was provided by USAID and the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future.


Story Source:

The above story is reprinted (with editorial adaptations by ScienceDaily staff) from materials provided by Wildlife Conservation Society, via EurekAlert!, a service of AAAS.

Wildlife Conservation Society (2011, August 22). Food security helps wildlife. ScienceDaily. Retrieved August 23, 2011, from­ /releases/2011/08/110822154756.htm


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The Innovators


AAFC has released a video marking the 125th anniversary of the creation of its first five research farms. The video, and further information on the research centres can be found here. 


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Coming Events


Bruce D. Campbell Farm and Food Discovery Centre Grand Opening, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, September 16, 2011  


Canadian Society of Soil Science and Soil Science Society of America joint conference, Fundamental for Life: Soil, Crop, & Environmental Sciences, San Antonio, Texas, October 16-20, 2011


Feeding a Hungry World: A Summit for Animal Agriculture, Ottawa, Ontario, October 17-18, 2011 


Catalyst Canada Honours Celebrating Champions of Women in Business, Toronto, Ontario, October 18, 2011


2011 Joint Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of Canada and the Acadian Entomological Society, Halifax, Nova Scotia, November 6-9, 2011  


Canadian Hemp Trade Alliance, National Hemp Convention, Winnipeg, Manitoba, November 21-21, 2011 


Canadian Organic Science Conference, February 21-23, 2012, Winnipeg, Manitoba 


6th Annual Growing the Margins: Rural Green Energy Conference and Exhibition and 4th Annual Canadian Farm and Food Biogas Conference and Exhibition, London, Ontario, March 5-7, 2012



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