Friday, April 10, 2015

Mussel launches new economist service

 Al Mussel, former senior policy analyst for the now-defunct George Morris Centre, is launching a new service: Agri-Food Economic Systems.

Mussel will serve as the “research lead” and says “I’m very pleased to announce the launch of our new website  . . . at

Established in September 2014, Agri-Food Economic Systems Inc. is an independent economic research organization dedicated to agriculture and food. 

“Providing top quality, independent and timely economic research on agriculture and food to clients is what we do”, Mussell said.

“As part of our commitment to independent and thought provoking work, we will be releasing self-motivated research papers and policy notes through our new website- stay tuned.” 

The first of those papers was released today, calling on the provincial government to reconsider its hasty intervention in the controversy over the role of neonicitinoid pesticides in the collapse of honey-bee colonies.

Mussel not only questions the regulations, but also choosing the Ministry of Environment and Climate change to implement the regulations rather than the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs.

Muusel notes that farmers will face additional challenges to demonstrate that their fields qualify for use of neonicitinoids and that there is so far no scientific basis to indicate this is a sensible approach.