Croplife Launches Photo Album
Dear partners in agriculture,
Canadians are fortunate to have access to a safe and abundant supply of healthy foods. We’re used to walking into a grocery store and seeing produce aisles full of pristine looking fruits and vegetables. In order to have these products on store shelves, savvy farmers use a variety of tools and technologies, such as crop protection products and plant biotechnology, to protect their crops from potentially devastating pests.
Today, most Canadians don’t have direct ties to the farm and often have little knowledge about the kinds of pressures farmers face from weeds, insects and diseases.
For example, the disease that caused the Irish potato famine is still present today but thanks to pesticides, farmers are able to control the disease and Canada’s $1 billion potato industry is thriving. And apple growers in Canada use pesticides to protect the $180 million crop from bugs and diseases.
Farmers choose plant biotech crops in significant numbers because of the improved yields and quality they deliver. About 95 per cent of the canola planted in Canada is biotech canola – part of a $14 billion a year industry in Canada.
To really begin to understand the impacts of weeds, insects and diseases on agricultural production it helps to see it. I invite you to flip through CropLife Canada’s new photo album to see for yourself the difference between crops that have been protected from pests and those that haven’t. I hope that these pictures help give you a better understanding of the important role of pesticides and plant biotechnology in agriculture.
Please feel free to get in touch with us if you have any questions or would like additional information.