OTTAWA, Nov. 17, 2011 /CNW/ - The United Nations' recent affirmation
that the world population reached the seven billion milestone served as
a timely reminder that farmers need access to innovative tools that
will allow them to feed this growing population. As such, CropLife
Canada supports CropLife International's Declaration of Farmer Choice,
which calls for farmers to have the freedom to choose what tools and
practices are best for their unique situation.
"Canada has a responsibility to do everything in its power to contribute
to global food security. Our farmers have a strong history of using
innovative tools, including plant science technologies, to boost yields
and quality in a sustainable way but we can't stop now," says Lorne
Hepworth, president of CropLife Canada.
The world population is expected to reach a peak of nine billion by 2050
and with this comes the need to increase world food production by 70
"This puts enormous pressure on our producers - and other farmers around
the world. They're being asked to produce more food on less land in the
face of climate change, all while reducing their environmental impact.
It's simply unreasonable to demand this of them without giving them
access to the necessary tools," says Hepworth.
The Declaration of Farmers choice recognizes that farmers need
technology to achieve sustainability. Through its five principles, the
Declaration creates a foundation for achieving green agriculture while
improving yields and increasing farm incomes.
The Declaration for Farmer Choice calls for:
Sustainable, productive and environmentally-responsible technologies
Enhanced access to agricultural technologies
Science-based regulatory schemes
Increased agriculture investment
Improved agricultural knowledge
Under the Declaration for Farmer Choice, farmers are recognised as the
best and most knowledgeable stewards of their land. Farmers around the
world should be given the opportunity to choose the specific
technologies and practices that allow them to achieve both economic and
"The plant science industry is committed to continuing to develop
science-based solutions to some of the world's greatest challenges.
It's important that science and not politics govern farmers' ability to
access technology," says Hepworth.
To learn more about the Declaration for Farmer Choice visit www.ActionforAg.org/get-involved.
About CropLife Canada
CropLife Canada is the trade association representing the manufacturers,
developers and distributors of plant science innovations, including
pest control products and plant biotechnology, for use in agriculture,
urban and public health settings.
CropLife Canada is a member of CropLife International, a global federation representing the plant science industry and a
network of regional and national associations in 91 countries.
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