Securing Food Supply
HEALTHIER, MORE SUSTAINABLE FARMING PRACTICES FOR CANADIANS
A growing population signals a global challenge requiring we grow food more efficiently and with greater nutritional value. A strong agricultural sector coupled with biotech innovation will position Canada and Canadian farmers to take advantage of the global opportunity.
- Feeding the world's growing population, projected to surpass 9 billion by 2050, requires farmers to produce 70% more food on less land than ever before
- One in every eight Canadian jobs is related to agriculture - plant science technologies generate $7.9 billion in annual economic activity.
- Innovation enables Canadian farmers to remain globally competitive with crops requiring less fertilizers, pesticides and water.
- Adding nutrients to existing staples (eg: golden rice) is an example of the enormous potential in the agricultural biotech space.
BIOTECH IN CANADIAN AGRICULTURE
For over 10 years, Canadian farmers have been choosing to plant biotech crops. Plant science allows for the development of crops to help farmers control weeds and insects while increasing yields. Worldwide genetically modified crops are now planted on over one billion acres in 25 countries. In 2005, the rice genome was mapped, and projects to sequence soybean, corn, cattle and pig genomes were announced. With increased knowledge of plants through genome sequencing projects we will see continued improvements in yield and quality of food crops.