Canada's plant science industry applauds the government of PEI for its recognition of the importance of the new bioeconomy



    TORONTO, Aug. 3 /CNW/ - CropLife Canada and its member companies today
applauded the provincial government in Prince Edward Island for its
announcement regarding the Office of Biosciences and Economic Innovation and
its new deputy minister. CropLife Canada feels that this announcement further
highlights the PEI government's commitment to encouraging innovation and
helping to grow Canada's emerging bioeconomy.
    "We are pleased the government of PEI recognizes the importance of
innovation in Canada, which is key to the plant science industry," said Lorne
Hepworth, President of CropLife Canada. "In fact, we have been advocating for
support for a new vision for agriculture where government and industry work
together to create an innovative, prosperous, sustainable and competitive
agriculture sector," said Hepworth.
    "There is a great opportunity through PEI's commitment to bioscience and
innovation to help the agriculture sector take advantage of the growing global
Bio-Economy which has the potential to reach $500 billion by 2015," said
Hepworth. "It is our hope the new Office of Biosciences and Economic
Innovation will recognize the needs of agriculture by modernizing regulations
and introducing new measures to help producers and others in the industry
capitalize on opportunities in domestic and international markets."
    The GrowCanada(R) Vision Innovation and Partnership in the Bio-Economy,
released by CropLife Canada and its GrowCanada(R) partners in November 2006,
highlights innovation and the diversification of the agriculture sector beyond
food and feed production with a real focus on providing solutions for global
challenges. The GrowCanada(R) Vision, which is highly aligned to the new
policy framework from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, includes the
development of strategic partnerships within agriculture's value chain and
across the economy to become a world leader in providing new products and new
solutions for agricultural, nutritional, health, energy, and environmental
challenges facing consumers here in Canada and in markets around the world.
    "CropLife Canada looks forward to meeting with the new Deputy Minister,
Michael Mayne to discuss the plant science industry's role in the bioeconomy,"
said Hepworth. "Together, we can ensure a strong, viable agriculture sector
for farmers, consumers and industry in PEI and throughout Canada."

    CropLife Canada is the non-profit trade association representing
manufacturers, developers and distributors of plant life science solutions for
agriculture, forestry and pest management. Its members are committed to
sustainable agriculture that benefits not just their industry, but its
millions of consumers and the environment in which we all live. The full
report of its GrowCanada(R) Vision Innovation and Partnership in the
Bio-Economy can be found on CropLife Canada's website at
http://www.croplife.ca/english/index.cfm
    GrowCanada(R) partners include: Grain Growers of Canada, Canadian Canola
Growers Association, Canola Council of Canada, Canadian Renewable Fuels
Association, Canadian Seed Trade Association, Canadian Federation of
Agriculture, the Canadian Horticulture Council and Pulse Canada.





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