OTTAWA, Feb. 21, 2013 /CNW/ - Last year Canadian farmers planted close
to 21 million acres of canola, more than 97 per cent of which was
enhanced through biotechnology, according to a report from the
International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications
"It's not surprising that Canadian farmers continue to embrace
genetically modified crops. Farmers see the benefits in terms of
improved yields and quality, environmental sustainability and
efficiency," says Lorne Hepworth, president of CropLife Canada.
The majority of canola, corn and soybeans planted in Canada are biotech
varieties. Canada now ranks fourth on the list of countries that plant
biotech crops in terms of acres planted, up from fifth the previous
year. Last year Canadian farmers planted close to 29 million acres of
biotech crops, which puts Canada behind only the United States, Brazil
"Canadian farmers are some of the most innovative and forward-looking in
the world. They use tools like plant biotechnology to help them produce
one of the safest, most abundant food supplies in the world," says
In 2012 millions of farmers in 28 countries around the world planted
biotech crops. The global area of biotech crops has increased one
hundred fold since they were first commercialized in 1996 making it the
fastest adopted crop technology in recent history.
As the adoption of biotech crops continues in Canada and around the
world at varying rates, managing the flow of trade where crops may have
unintended low levels of genetically modified material approved in the
country of export but not the country of import becomes increasingly
important, especially in Canada where trade is such an important part
of the agricultural system.
"The plant science industry has been actively working with stakeholders
and the Government of Canada to develop a practical solution to the
issue of low level presence (LLP). It's encouraging to see Canada
playing a leadership role in this area and continuing to demonstrate
its commitment to science-based regulations," says Hepworth.
Adopting a proactive regulatory approach to managing LLP in Canada could
set the stage for the adoption of similar policies by trading partners
around the world. Such policies are critical to avoiding unnecessary
costs incurred through shipment stoppages and recalls, and helping to
improve consumer confidence in our food supply and regulatory system.
CropLife Canada is the trade association representing the manufacturers,
developers and distributors of plant science innovations — pest control
products and plant biotechnology — for use in agriculture, urban and
public health settings.
SOURCE: CropLife Canada
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