Scientific advancements are helping Canadian farmers produce more food on less land, while also protecting the environment. The more productive farmers can be on existing farm land, the better it is for our environment.
Canadian farmers achieve higher yields off their land thanks in part to developments in plant science technologies. That saves 35 million acres of forest, native grass and wetlands from being used for agriculture – keeping the country green and pristine and protecting biodiversity by safeguarding the habitats of wildlife species.
If we take canola as an example, farmers would need 91 per cent more land – or more than 19 million more acres –— equivalent to 14 million football fields — to grow the same amount they do today without pesticides and plant biotechnology.
Plant science technologies, which include pesticides and plant biotechnology, allow farmers to make environmentally friendly practices a priority. Many farmers have been able to adopt conservation tillage methods, meaning they don't have to disturb the soil, and allows them to drive over their fields fewer times, saving 126 to 194 million litres of diesel fuel a year and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 29 million tonnes over the same period.
Farmers are stewards of their land and are committed to caring for the environment because they rely on the health of their land for their livelihood. They are some of the environment's most important stewards and advancements in agriculture only help them in that role.