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Rachel Parent

Posted on Nov 16, 2015 | 2 comments

GM seeds, GM salmon, and Mandatory labelling Rachel Parent is the founder of “Kids Right to Know,” an organization calling for the labeling of GM foods. In this exclusive Green Interview, Parent explains the issues surrounding GM seeds, GM salmon, the need for mandatory labelling and how the organization she founded informs, educates, and motivate kids to stand up...

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Mohamed Hage: The World’s First Rooftop Farm!

Posted on Jan 5, 2014 | 0 comments

Go up on the roof of this industrial building in the northeast of Montreal at 3:00 in the morning, and you’ll find farm labourers picking crops — heirloom tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, basil, bok choy, lettuce, and more than a dozen micro-greens. This is Lufa Farms, the brain-child of a young Lebanese-Canadian named Mohamed Hage. Lufa ships about 2,500...

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Mohamed Hage

Posted on Dec 30, 2013 | 0 comments

Mohamed Hage, a self-described “technology geek” turned farmer extraordinaire, is reinventing food production. He’s the president and founder of Lufa Farms, the world’s first commercial rooftop greenhouse farm—an organic one at that—in an industrial district in the northeast of Montreal. Lufa has a second rooftop farm in the city’s western suburbs and a third one is...

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Bhutan: The Pursuit of Gross National Happiness

Posted on Jul 31, 2013 | 0 comments

This Special Presentation began as an interview with the Honourable Jigme Yoser Thinley, the first elected Prime Minister of Bhutan, whose government aims to entrench and extend Bhutan’s long-standing goal of expanding Gross National Happiness rather than Gross National Product. To put the interview in context, we prepared an original half-hour documentary...

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Alexandra Morton

Posted on Jul 31, 2013 | 0 comments

Alexandra Morton may live far from the public eye, tucked away in Echo Bay, the tiny community of docks and float homes on Gilford Island, BC, but her passion and life work has often brought her into the spotlight. For more than 3 decades, Morton has followed her calling to “understand the intelligence in a non-human mind, to know what another species is...

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David R. Montgomery

Posted on Jul 31, 2013 | 0 comments

While our radar screens are focused on global warming, peak oil, and biodiversity loss, David Montgomery says we may be missing what he calls the “most basic environmental change sweeping the planet”—soil loss. Conventional agriculture is eroding and degrading the earth’s most productive soils at a rate that will ultimately “undermine...

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Daniel Pauly

Posted on Jul 31, 2013 | 0 comments

Daniel Pauly is arguably the world’s most prolific and widely-cited living fisheries scientist. He has been described as iconoclastic, irreverent, and a global thinker. He is an outspoken and often controversial critic of modern fishing practices and the fishing industry, which he says “has acted like a terrible tenant who trashes their rental.” In his latest...

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Salmon Wars

Posted on Jul 31, 2013 | 0 comments

Salmon Wars: Wild Fish, Aquaculture and the Future of Communities is a wide-ranging exploration of net cage salmon aquaculture and its social, economic and environmental impact on the communities where it operates. This eye-opening 70-minute video documentary surveys industry representatives, community activists, scientists, environmentalists and politicians,...

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Brian Brett

Posted on Jul 31, 2013 | 0 comments

Brian Brett is a passionate and diverse award-winning Canadian novelist, critic, and poet. His book, Trauma Farm: A Rebel History of Rural Life, is an often amusing portrayal of rural life interspersed with thought-provoking reflections about the modern world, and rooted throughout by a profound knowledge of biology and botany. Brett studied literature at Simon...

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Brian Brett!

Posted on Oct 28, 2012 | 0 comments

We've just posted a new interview with Canadian novelist, poet and farmer Brian Brett which sheds a lot of light on the way Canada’s factory food system leads to deadly crises such as the ongoing XL Foods tainted beef scandal. Calling our modern, industrial food system “complete madness,” Brian explains in the interview how farming practices,...

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Vandana Shiva

Posted on Jun 1, 2012 | 0 comments

Scientist, philosopher, feminist, author, environmentalist, activist, Dr. Vandana Shiva is a one-woman movement for peace, sustainability and social justice. Vandana Shiva was born in 1952 in Uttarakhand, India . Her father was a conservator of forests, and her mother was a farmer with a deep love for nature. Her parents were staunch supporters of Mahatma Gandhi,...

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Salmon Wars Documentary – View The Trailer!

Posted on Apr 6, 2012 | 0 comments

The trailer for our upcoming documentary, Salmon Wars, has just been released! See it here: http://youtu.be/EimPqpMlInY Background: in recent months, the international salmon-farming industry has been applying for new sites and new leases — on a truly massive scale. A pair of farms in St. Mary's Bay is licensed to produce 1.4 million salmon, and wll...

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Daniel Pauly!

Posted on Mar 24, 2012 | 0 comments

Dr. Daniel Pauly,  our newest Green Interview, is a legendary fisheries scientist, an authority on the overall state of world fisheries and fish stocks, and a bold, incisive thinker.   Pauly  is the driving force behind FishBase, a database on the web that contains detailed information on all the 35,000 fish species known to science. He and his...

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Fear and Loathing in the Wheat Fields (2006)

Posted on Dec 5, 2011 | 0 comments

As the Harper government moves to (illegally) dismantle the Canadian Wheat Board, I want to share again a column I wrote in 2006, when they were first trying these shenanigans.  Sunday Herald – October 1, 2006  FEAR AND LOATHING IN THE WHEAT FIELDS Among the worries which keep Maritimers awake at night, the Harper government’s drive to dismantle the...

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Ronald Wright, Progress Traps and the Future of Food

Posted on Sep 21, 2011 | 0 comments

We’ve just published our interview with Ronald Wright, an extraordinary writer and thinker, author of such challenging books as Stolen Continents and A Short History of Progress. Trained in archaeology, Wright dissects the past, seeking clues to the future. What kind of an animal is the human being? How have humans behaved in the past? What does that tell us...

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