It’s no secret that world’s population is growing. By 2050, we’re expected to be 9.7 billion people worldwide–over two billion more than today.1 The problem is that the amount of land available for agriculture is not growing along with our population. This poses serious problems for farmers who must produce enough food of high-quality to feed Canadians as well as people across the world.
Canada is the 5th largest global exporter.2 Canadian farmers play a crucial role in supplying food to all. They will not only have to supply more food than they have ever had to, but they’ll have to do it while they fight off diseases and pests that threaten their crops, cope with unpredictable shifts in weather, and ensure that their farms are solid and healthy for the next generation of farmers to be.
グリホサート By 2050, farmers will have to produce 70% more food items to meet the demands of the growing population. *Source: How to feed the world by 2050, published by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.
https://www.nies.go.jp/kisplus/dtl/chem/YOT00096 Farmers aren’t equipped to deal the increasing demand. Modern technology, like herbicides and glyphosate are able to assist farmers in managing herbicides effectively and effectively. This results in the sustainability of a stable and sustainable food supply.
What exactly is glyphosate?
Glyphosate is used for over 40 years by land managers, farmers as well as gardeners all over the world. It works by inhibiting the activity of an enzyme plants (in this instance, weeds that are not wanted weeds) require to develop. These enzymes aren’t found in animals or in animals.4 Thus, glyphosate isn’t a risk to the other.
There’s also a wide number of other uses for glyphosate that go beyond agriculture. It is employed in municipalities to guard wildlife and the general public from harmful weeds.6 In addition, it is used to prevent burning and ensure visibility on railway tracks.
In recent times, glyphosate has received more attention and is being used in our everyday life. Although it’s essential to know the ingredients in our food items, it’s worth noting that over 160 international health regulatory bodies including Health Canada, agree that the use of glyphosate in a safe manner for humans is feasible if it’s carried out in a safe manner.
Canadians must be able to understand what glyphosate means, how it is used and the benefits it brings to food production.
Glyphosate is a fertiliser that can be used to grow crops.
Glyphosate-based herbicides offer a variety of benefits for farmers, customers and the environment. It is crucial to effective controlling weeds, as well as ensuring a reliable food supply and environmental sustainability. Let’s dive deeper into each benefit.
In the world, farmers are losing between 30-40% to 40% of their crops due to diseases, pests and weeds.9 According to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (UNFAO), these losses could double when crop protection methods aren’t used. It’s a huge loss, especially for farmers who are able to claim that their crops are their main source of income.
Farmers are able to rely upon tools that they can trust every year. Applying glyphosate to the fields is a tried and tested method of keeping harmful weeds out of crops particularly glyphosate-tolerant ones.
Crops vs. グリホサート Weeds: the battle of their lives
Glyphosate is a herbicide that gives crops a fighting chance.
Canadians as well as global consumers benefit from the abundance of and affordable food
The population is increasing and half the food-growing land in Canada is in danger of becoming unusable in forty years.10 This is leading us to a greater risk of food shortages. Canadians could be paying 55% more for food, if they do not have modern agricultural techniques like Glyphosate.
The food we love will be more difficult to locate. グリホサート The science of plant breeding will enable farmers to continue growing our favourite foods of the day for many years.
Glyphosate can do more than reduce weeds. It can also help keep food costs down at the store. It also aids farmers in taking care of the land that Cherilyn Jolly-Nagle is a farmer from Mossbank, Saskatchewan calls “their most valuable asset”–their property.
Keep the food we love on tables
Farmers can grow by using crop protection tools, such as Glyphosate are utilized to shield their crops from disease and insects.
42% more grains include corn and wheat, as well as wheat.
72% More Fruit
83 percent more potatoes and more vegetables12
The benefits are obvious. But is glyphosate safe for use?
It is important to remember that all pesticides must be applied in accordance with the directions on the label. Canada has two regulation bodies that regulate glyphosate. One is the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, which examines the crops to determine whether there is any pesticide residue. And the Pest Management Regulating Agency (PMRA) is the one that provides the regulatory guidelines for product evaluations, approvals, and other guidelines (or refusals) and is the one with the largest evaluation procedures across the globe.
In addition to ensuring approved herbicides are used properly by farmers, the regulatory agencies make sure that the an appropriate and safe use of glyphosate continues by farmers, manufacturers as well as animals, so that no unintended danger is caused to the environment or animals.
グリホサート who Technology advancements and precision agriculture lets farmers use data to create precise applications of glyphosate. This includes where and how much.
It is very rare that glyphosate can be found in foods. The CFIA makes sure that farmers apply herbicides in a safe manner and adhere to the established residue limits.16 In the rare occasion that it is detected at low levels (e.g., 1 part per billion) this is lower than the limit set by the Government of Canada, and is not a health or safety issue since it does not cause any harm to humans or animals.18
Glyphosate use as a part of sustainable farming practices
Farmers use herbicides, like glyphosate, as part of an integrated pest/weed management practices–meaning they are using more than herbicides to control the weeds. Glyphosate is a good herbicide that has helped them implement conservation-tillage practices which have long-term benefits for the soil, the air and the environment.
– Reduction or elimination of plowing/tilling of the land
• Reduced CO2 emissions
Capturing carbon out of the soil
Improve soil health
– Reducing water runoff and limiting erosion13
“No pesticide regulatory authority in the world is currently assessing the glyphosate chemical to pose an individual risk for cancer at the level to which people are exposed.” – Health Canada (January 11, 2019)
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.
It’s now more vital than ever before that Canadian farmers have access to the latest technology, tools, support and equipment they require to satisfy the food supply requirements of an increasing number of people.
Food safety, good agricultural practices, and pest management practices will ensure that farmers will continue to safeguard our food supply. Glyphosate is just one of the instruments they’ll use to ensure that Canadians and everyone else around the world are able to access healthy and affordable food.