Profs Make Headlines

June 02, 2014 - In the News

Prof. Sylvain Charlebois, College of Business and Economics, wrote an op-ed column for the Toronto Star on June 1 on how rising meat prices could affect eating habits. Noting recent price increases for pork and beef, he said consumers may look to buy more chicken and fish, whose prices have stayed relatively stable. He said some consumers may also purchase more vegetable options. Charlebois studies food pricing and is lead author of the Food Price Index, an annual examination and discussion of Canadian retail food prices.

Prof. Nigel Raine, Environmental Sciences, and Prof. Mike von Massow, Hospitality and Tourism Management, were interviewed by City TV News on May 30 about the impact of declining bee populations. Raine, who was recently appointed as the Rebanks Family Chair in Pollinator Conservation and studies pollinators' ecology, talked about the importance of learning why bees are dying and why more testing of pesticide impacts is needed. Von Massow, who studies retail pricing strategies, discussed how falling pollinator populations could affect consumers, with a scarcity of certain crops possibly leading to higher prices.

Raine was also featured on CBC Radio’s The Morning Edition - Kitchener-Waterloo on May 26, discussing the declining bee populations and pesticides. He was also interviewed on The World this Weekend May 17. Raine is part of an international panel of scientists that released a paper May 22 calling for an evidence-based debate on the subject.

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