New initiative launched to help startups in agriculture and food

Program will offer companies a chance to work with world-class scientists, economists, experienced entrepreneurs and business students

New initiative launched to help startups in agriculture and foodCalgary-based Creative Destruction Lab (CDL) - Rockies is launching CDL Ag, a new stream designed to help grow seed-stage science and technology-based startups in the agriculture and food space. CDL-Rockies is based at the University of Calgary’s Haskayne School of Business and is part of a wider network of eight CDL sites spread across four…

Four strategies to help avoid the next pandemic

U of A virus expert offers recommendations that would be easier to implement and enforce than other public health measures

Four strategies to help avoid the next pandemicNew viruses emerge every few years that threaten humanity: HIV, swine flu, SARS, Ebola, Zika, MERS and now COVID-19. Unfortunately, the only drugs that can combat a viral pandemic are antiviral therapies – although most antivirals don’t work very well – or vaccines, most of which work incredibly well. Vaccines for newly emerging viral diseases…

Only 29 per cent of farmers say the $252 million relief package will be helpful

“We are hearing heart-breaking stories about farmers having to plough down crops, destroy produce, or contemplate putting down their livestock"

Only 29 per cent of farmers say the $252 million relief package will be helpfulA new survey released Friday by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business says only 29 per cent of farmers say federal emergency funding will be helpful to their business as supply chain interruptions, labour shortages and mounting costs are hitting their bottom line. “We are hearing heart-breaking stories about farmers having to plough down crops,…

Food-chain cracks exposed by COVID-19

Don’t blame farmers for euthanizing animals and dumping milk. The entire food industry is to blame – and we get what we deserve

Food-chain cracks exposed by COVID-19Millions of litres of milk are being thrown away, more than two million eggs are eliminated from the food chain, and pigs and chickens are being euthanized. There’s horror in the countryside. Throwing away good food when more than four million Canadians have lost their jobs is morally reprehensible. Farmers would be the first to…
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