Plant science technologies improve plant quality and increase crop yields by protecting plants from insects, weeds and diseases.
With plant science, farmers can grow more of the foods we love to eat: 42% more grains, like wheat and corn, 72% more fruit and 83% more vegetables and potatoes.
Plant science ensures a variety of safe, high-quality and affordable foods are available in our stores. Without it, Canadians would pay as much as 55% more for food — an average of $4,400 more per family every year.
By using plant science technologies, scientists have the ability to help reduce food waste and to develop new varieties of crops with improved nutritional content.
Farm Credit Canada’s Chief Agricultural Economist , J.P. Gervais, explains the benefits of plant science technologies to consumers.
Early and late blight diseases have destroyed potato crops since the mid-19th century — most famously, causing the Irish potato famine that killed almost a million people. Today’s farmers would lose more than 60 per cent of their potato crops if it weren’t for one important tool: pesticides. Canada now boasts a billion-dollar potato industry because pesticides help protect this crop against blight. In coming years, these pesticides will work alongside the blight-resistant potatoes developed through biotechnology to grow thriving fields that produce stronger, healthier crops.