BIOTECanada, the national industry association for biotechnology companies in Canada is pleased to have supported to the recently released Canadian Industrial Bioproducts Industry Priorities Paper.
The world’s population is predicted to grow to almost 10 billion people by 2050. This means drastic global changes in human health, the environment, food security and economic fortunes have already started to impact our day to day lives for Canadians and global citizens. The traditional sector of agriculture biotech is being transformed with regional expertise in marine, resource management, renewable energy, and the most rapidly growing industrial applications, such as biomaterials and biofuels are driving new levels of economic value. Canada has the opportunity to work with industry and government partners in growing this exciting business of biotech. The organizations supporting this report represent a microcosm of an industry where large, medium and small corporate entities, research institutions, academia, and individuals all work together bringing forward biotech solutions to address global health, environmental and economic challenges. Learn more – read the full report
Did you know
- Biotech crops increase yields
Productivity in GM crops has delivered gains in some cases that are 7-20% higher than conventional varieties
- Plant biologists are developing drought resistant seeds
- Biotech science reduces waste by targeting pesticide use
- GM foods are improving nutrition
- Sustainable foods, value added products, biotech crops are addressing the global food crisis
- Crop biotechnology helps farmers of all sizes, biotech science adapts to challenging environmental conditions including resistance to plant disease
The development of the proprietary crop Carinata is an innovation in agriculture research that will benefit farmers and the agricultural industry while bringing an alternative fuel to market that will reduce carbon emissions. It is not often there is an industry game changer that can benefit all along the value chain from the grower to the end user of the biofuel. Agrisoma, with farmers throughout Saskatchewan and their partners are reaching new heights with this crop turned biofuel. This team is bringing a green and sustainable fuel to the world.
There’s a perfect substitute for petrochemicals found in everyday products. BioAmber produces it responsibly, economically and at scale – these are chemicals inspired by nature. This next-generation chemicals company with a facility in Sarnia, Ontario integrates industrial biotechnology, an innovative purification process and chemical catalysis to convert renewable plant materials into chemicals for use in a wide variety of everyday products including plastics, food additives and personal care products.
SECURING FOOD SUPPLY
Healthier, more sustainable farming practices to secure food supply for Canadians and the world. 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.
- 1 in every 8 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.