When I was a child I went to visit my grandfather's farm outside Leamington. The fields that would soon deliver an abundance of tomatoes for Heinz or sweet corn and peas for Green Giant were freshly tilled revealing the rich, black soil that was the key to their productivity. I didn't think of soil very much until recently when I took a few online courses in global food security. That's when I learned how, in our quest to feed eight billion people, we have resorted to excessive industrial agriculture. Yale360 reviews a report on the decline of that once rich farmland across the American midwest. You hear many different numbers regarding that black Iowa soil. It’s often repeated that the topsoil — the nutrient-rich A horizon — was some 14 to 16 inches deep when the prairie was first broken, a fantastic depth of fertility rivaled only by some regions in the Ukraine . By the mid-1970s — roughly a century after the prairie was broken — it was reported that, in places, half o
Alberta's medical officer of health, Dr. Dina Hinshaw , thinks she's getting a bad rap for dismantling the province's Covid-19 public health effort. She says lifting isolation requirements, asymptomatic testing and eliminating contact tracing will support the whole health of Albertans, by allowing the province to focus on other health threats, such as opioid deaths and syphilis. She says isolation measures were incredibly disruptive and are no longer necessary with vaccine protection. Wait a second. How rampant is syphilis in Alberta? Do we really want a bunch of poxed-up tourists flocking to our coast? And, Dina, you can chew gum and walk straight at the same time. All it takes is a bit of practice. Give it a try.