Innovative plant science technologies are helping lessen the impact of agriculture on the environment and mitigating the impacts of climate change.

Plant science helps farmers increase sustainability.

 

Pesticides and products of modern plant breeding, including biotech crops, help farmers preserve Canada’s valuable land: without these technologies, we would need to farm almost 50% more land to grow the same amount of food as we do now.

Plant science technologies help ease pressures on water supplies by developing innovative crops that use water more efficiently.

With plant science, farmers can make fewer passes over their fields, reducing soil erosion, protecting soil quality and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Plant science ensures the protection of our natural habitats by improving yields so wildlife habitats, forests, wetlands and grasslands are left untouched by agricultural production.

The five-metre threat to Canada’s ecosystem

Considered Canada’s worst invasive plant species, invasive Phragmites is a five-metre tall, aggressively destructive plant that has been taking over Canada’s wetlands, beaches and wildlife habitats for decades. The European weed releases a toxin that kills neighbouring plants and competes with any surviving plants for space, water, nutrients and sunlight. While numerous pest control methods have been tried to combat the invasive plant, herbicides have proven to be the most effective control with the least environmental impact.

Saskatchewan farmer Cherilyn Nagel explains how plant science technologies have made their farm more environmentally sustainable