Plant biotechnology

Canadian farmers help feed Canada and the world. As feeding the world’s growing population becomes more challenging, farmers turn to innovations in plant science like plant biotechnology to help them continue to grow safe, high yielding and high quality crops without converting more land into farmland.

Plant biotechnology is a term that covers a variety of techniques used to transfer beneficial traits from one plant to another. In the last few decades, plant biotechnology has led to the development of crops that help farmers control weeds, insects and diseases, increase yields and allow them to use environmentally friendly farming practices. More recently, scientists have been able to improve crops so that they make healthier oils and can better tolerate drought through these modern plant breeding techniques.

Crops derived from biotechnology have been grown for 20 years and Canadians are fortunate to have access to safe, healthy and affordable food.