Agriculture & Industrial
Maintaining Canada’s leadership in the development and adoption of agricultural biotechnology requires a science-based, internationally competitive approach to regulating these technologies.
As new plant and animal-based biotechnology applications are developed our regulatory system must be able to adapt to changes in technology so Canadians can continue to reap the significant productivity, environmental and nutritional benefits of agricultural biotechnology.
OPPORTUNITIES FOR CANADA
Second and third generation biofuels convert non-useable biomass such as waste, construction materials or dedicated crops, into cleaner burning alternative fuels that meet our next generation energy needs. Investment in next generation bio-fuels technology is important to develop a sustainable bio-economy. The $500 million dollar SDTC Next Gen Fund must be broadened to support the diverse processes involved in the production of second and third generation bio-fuels and their co-products.
New and improved crops specifically dedicated to biofuels are being
introduced and grown by farmers across North America. Currently, the
Canadian approval process for such “novel crops” is lengthy. BIOTECanada
encourages the Government of Canada to facilitate the introduction of
important industrial (non-food/feed) crops into the marketplace by
creating a clear regulatory process.