Farmers increase the value of their field crops (wheat, corn, soy, etc.) by more than $7.1 billion each year by using pesticides and plant biotechnology.
Canadian farmers produce 47% more grain thanks to pesticides and biotechnology.
Having access to pesticides and crops derived from biotechnology allows Canadian farmers to grow an additional $8.3 billion worth of crops every year.
By using pesticides, Canadian farmers are able to produce 83% more vegetables like carrots, peppers and potatoes.
Farmers grow three times as many peppers because they use pesticides to protect their crops.
By using pesticide to protect their crops, Canadian farmers produce 72% more fruit.
Pesticides and biotechnology help farmers produce almost twice as much canola as they could without plant science.
Without pesticides Canadian would pay about 50% more for fresh vegetables.
The average Canadian household saves more than $4,000 on their annual food bill because farmers use plant science technologies to help protect their crops from insects, weeds and diseases.
Canadians spend much less than other countries on food — only about 10% of our household incomes — because our farmers use plant science.
Canadians would pay roughly 55% more for food if farmers didn’t use plant science.
Without pesticides Canadians would pay almost 50% more for fresh fruit every year.
Canadians would pay more than 30% more for bread without plant science innovations.
Canola farmers would need the equivalent of 14 million football fields to grown the same amount of canola as they do now without biotech crops — that’s 91% more land.
Modern technologies like biotechnology and pesticides help farmers work more efficiently, which leads to big environmental savings on fuel, greenhouse gases and wilderness preservation.
In Alberta, low-till practices have cut water use by 28%, reduced soil erosion and improved soil quality.
Without herbicides, Canadian wheat farmers would need 6.4 million more acres — that’s 25% more land — to grow what they do today.
Our wetlands, native grasslands and forests are being preserved because farmers use plant science technologies to make the most of the land they already farm.
Without pesticides and biotech crops we’d need 50% more farmland in Canada to grow what we do today — that’s more than the combined area of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and P.E.I.
2,500 square feet of lawn absorbs carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, and releases enough oxygen for a family of four to breathe.
One healthy lawn produces the cooling effect of 8.75 tons of air-conditioning — enough to cool about two homes for a year.
A single tree can remove the same amount of carbon dioxide from the air that is emitted from a car driving 17,700 km.
Wheat to make bread, corn to feed livestock, canola oil for salads and so many more staples we use every day are the outcomes of plant science innovations.
On average, the plant science industry spends more than 11 years and $350 million ($286 million U.S.) to research, develop and ensure the safety of a new pesticide before it is commercialized.
The plant science industry spends up to 10 years and $195 million ($150 million U.S.) to develop and ensure the safety of a new plant biotech product before bringing it to market.
Plant science innovations help reduce land use, tillage and summer fallow, and limits equipment passes, which reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 29 million tons per year.
Plant science innovations allow farmers to drive over their fields fewer times, which saves up to 194 million litres of diesel fuel each year.
Many sectors contribute to an increase in Canadian greenhouse gas emissions, but our farming sector is using plant science innovations to reduce its GHG emissions by almost 30 million tons every year.
Pesticides and plant biotechnology allow farmers to spend less time driving on their fields, which results in fuel savings of more than 125 million litres, an increase of carbon sequestration by almost four times and a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by almost 30 million tons every year!
Plant science technologies add $9.8 billion a year to Canada’s economy by helping increase farmers’ harvests and improving crop quality.
Thanks to plant science innovations, Canada’s potato industry is worth $434 million more than it would be otherwise.
The plant science industry generates $1.8 billion in tax revenues each year, which goes toward Canadian schools, roads and hospitals.
About 71% — $8.3 billion — worth of Canada’s trade balance in crops is the direct result of plant science innovations.
Farmers use pesticides to increase the value of their vegetable crops by $435 million every year.
Pesticides increase the value of Canada’s annual fruit harvest by $353 million.
The 131,000 people working in jobs related to the plant science industry contribute to helping keep food costs low, safeguarding the environment and improving Canada’s economy.
Nine thousand Canadians work directly in the plant science industry including scientists, sales people, regulatory experts and warehouse workers.
From environmental chemists and toxicologists to pathologists and plant breeders, the plant science industry generates more than 4,000 research and development jobs.
Canada’s plant science sector has annual payrolls of about $467 million.
There are more than 131,000 jobs in Canada because of the plant science industry.