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Tuesday, 29 April 2014 00:00

What is the Future of Food?

Six years, thirteen countries and ten interim reports later, Olivier de Schutter is completing his term as the United Nations' Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food. His final conclusions on how well (or poorly) people's right to food is being upheld are now available to the public. But to sum it up: our global food systems are dysfunctional.
Thursday, 03 April 2014 00:00

GM Alfalfa on Hold… For Now

This past February, a Toronto Star article was one among many voicing growing alarm over the proposed commercial release of genetically modified (GM) alfalfa in eastern Canada. This introduction would have marked the first time a GM perennial – like alfalfa – had been launched in Canada.
Friday, 21 February 2014 00:00

What a Difference!

Take a look at these pictures of our program in Timor Leste taken from the same spot over the course of the past 10 years. We've moved from barren hillsides to... well, you just have to see it for yourself!
Thursday, 13 February 2014 00:00

Spreading Seeds and Empowerment in Bangladesh

Young women in rural Bangladesh are a most vulnerable group, with little access to earning income either before or after marriage. However, garden space is something virtually all of them can gain access to from parents or in-laws.
Farmers harvesting millet despite the scorching 40°C temperatures near Djibo, Burkina Faso. By Laurent Viot, Director, International Programs It’s difficult to imagine more challenging climate and soils than you find in the West African Sahel. Most farmers depend on rainfall to provide moisture for their crops and degraded soils. This region of the Sahelian belt records around 550mm of rain per year (about half the annual rainfall in Ontario), all falling in just over one month around September. As well, in recent years, farmers have noted irregular and unpredictable rain patterns which are affecting seed germination and yields. In 2012, the…
Saturday, 01 February 2014 00:00

Pete Seeger: Our Champion

Seeger in Ottawa in 2008 with his grandson Tao Rodriguez-Seeger and blues musician Guy Davies. With the rest of the world, USC Canada mourns the passing of folk music icon Pete Seeger earlier this week at the age of 94. Through his decades of socially conscious music and activism, Seeger has left the world a better place. In his words, “There’s not dozens of people now doing what I try to do, not hundreds, but literally thousands… The idea of using music to try to get the world together is now all over the place.” Beyond his musical legacy, USC…
Monday, 30 December 2013 00:00

Wheat Trials

Seven heritage wheat varieties were tested recently for baking with sourdough at Cornell University – including three from our Quebec research partner in our very own Canadian seed program: the Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security (BFICSS).
Sunday, 29 December 2013 21:03

The Importance of Seed Diversity

Consumer demand for diverse seed varieties is growing. And in the US, that’s “nothing short of miraculous,” according to Gary Nabhan, agricultural ecologist, ethnobotanist, and a pioneer in the local food movement.
Wednesday, 25 December 2013 21:09

Civil Society Organizations Stage Mass Walkout

This item currently has no comments. Add your comment. COP 19 – the 19th(!) international negotiation on climate change – has been taking place in Warsaw, Poland. Expressing their anger and frustration with the slow progress of these talks, civil society organizations staged an unprecedented mass walkout.
Monday, 10 June 2013 00:00

Engaging Youth: Bolivia

USC Canada's partner, PRODII, supports university agronomy students in conducting research on the conservation of agro-biodiversity resources, many of which have been lost.

LottaHitschmanova tbnWhat's in a Name?

We’re called USC Canada because we started out way back in 1945 as the Unitarian Service Committee, founded by the energetic Dr. Lotta Hitschmanova. We’re still planting the seeds that Lotta sowed. Find out more about our founder, Dr. Lotta Hitschmanova.

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