Swimming the current of scientific evolution — an interview with Rob Saik


The inaugural BeefTech conference was held in Edmonton this week, where Agri-Trend founder and “outspoken advocate for agriculture” Robert Saik delivered the keynote address.

Saik’s presentation focused largely on the metaphor of swimming in a river — we can either swim with the current of scientific evolution, or try to fight against it.

In this interview, field editor Debra Murphy rolls with the metaphor, asking Saik if it’s possible to occasionally swim to shore to assess the situation before deciding to continue. They also talk about the increasingly broad, and misunderstood term “genetically modified organism,” whether or not the beef industry is keeping up in its adoption of technology and biotech, and the belief that brands like “certified humane” might imply other operations are inhumane.

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