GlyphosateGlyphosate is a sustainable crop choice used by farmers to ensure our food supply in the future.

It’s easy to see that the world is experiencing an the growth of population. The world is expected to contain 9.7 billion people by 2050.1 However, the area of land that can be used for agriculture across the globe isn’t growing at the same rate as ours. Farmers who must produce quality food products that is able to be eaten by Canadians as well as the rest of the world face significant challenges.

Canada is the fifth largest exporter of food products in the world.2 Canadian farmers will be vital in providing food to the population that is growing. They’ll have to meet an ever-increasing demand, manage pests and diseases as well as weather variations and ensure that their farms are fit for the future.

In order to feed the growing population, farmers will need 70 percent more food sources by 2050. – The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations”How to feed the world by 2050*

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. How to provide for the whole world by 2050

Farmers aren’t equipped to deal with the growing demand. Technology and tools, like herbicides like Glyphosate, enable farmers to control weeds efficiently and efficiently, leading to an improved sustainable, safe food supply.

What exactly is Glyphosate?

Glyphosate is an effective, non-selective herbicide used by land managers, gardeners farmers, and other people around the globe for 40+ years. Glyphosate works by blocking an enzyme that plants, in this instance unwanted weeds, require in order to grow. Glyphosate is safe for humans and animals if used correctly.

Glyphosate can also be used in different applications other than agriculture. Municipalities employ it in urban green spaces to safeguard the wildlife and public from poisonous weeds.6 It is also utilized for railways to ensure the conductors’ visibility and to prevent fires from forming on the tracks.7

Recently, there’s been increased attention to the use of glyphosate throughout our daily life. Although it’s essential to ask what goes onto and into our food, it’s worth noting that more than 160 health regulatory bodies including Health Canada, agree that glyphosate is safe for human consumption when used correctly.8

Canadians should be able to be aware of what glyphosate actually means and how it is utilized and the benefits it brings to food production.

Why is glyphosate needed in agriculture

The use in agriculture of glyphosate-based herbicides is beneficial to farmers, consumers and the environment. It is critical to effective controlling weeds, secure food supply, sustainable environmental practices, and sustainable weed management. Let’s take a look at each of these benefits in more in depth.

According to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization the world’s farmers could lose anywhere between 30-40% and 50% of their crops to pests, weeds, and disease. This is especially devastating for farmers since their livelihoods depend on these crops.

It’s not a surprise that farmers rely on their reliable equipment every year. Application of glyphosate on fields is a proven method to keep destructive weeds out of crops, especially glyphosate-tolerant crops.

グリホサート 雨上がり Crops and Weeds, fighting for their lives

A farmer’s crops must compete with up to 30,000 kinds of weeds to get space food, water, nutrients and light.9 Glyphosate can give crops an edge.

Benefits for Canadians and all consumers around the world: abundant, affordable food

The population is increasing and half the food-growing land in Canada is at risk of becoming unusable in 40 years.10 This is leading us to more food insecurity. Canadians would be paying 55% more in the event that modern agricultural innovations weren’t implemented, including the use glyphosate.11

Furthermore, our favorite foods would become more difficult to find. The good news is that farmers can continue to cultivate our favorite staple foods thanks to the science behind breeding plants.

グリホサート Glyphosate isn’t just used to in removing weeds and maintain the price of food items at the store, though. Glyphosate is also used by farmers to look after the land that Cherilyn Joy-Nagle of Mossbank in Saskatchewan refers to as “their most valuable asset”–their property.

グリホサート Make sure you have the food we love on your table

Farmers can prosper with the use of crop protection tools, like glyphosate, to guard crops from pests and disease.

42% more grain such as corn and wheat

72% more fruit

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These are the obvious benefits. But is it really safe to use glyphosate?

Simply said, yes. And, like all pesticides , they should be applied according the label instructions. In Canada Glyphosate usage is regulated by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) which checks crops for pesticide residue and ensures that the use of the pesticide is done correctly, and the Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA), which provides the regulatory guidelines for product submission evaluations, as well as approvals (or rejections)–and has one of the most intensive evaluation processes across the world.14

While regulatory agencies make sure that farmers use herbicides approved by the FDA Manufacturers and farmers have a significant role to play in making sure that glyphosate is utilized in a safe and appropriate manner to ensure there is no risk of harm to the environment, animals or even humans.

A combination of technology improvements and precision agriculture allows farmers to make precise applications for glyphosate. This includes the location and amount.

It is rare that residues of pesticides will be discovered on food. It is extremely rare for glyphosate to be detected on food.

Glyphosate is an ingredient used in sustainable agriculture practices.

Farmers utilize herbicides like glyphosate to help with integrated pest and weed control strategy. That is, they employ more than herbicides for controlling weeds. Glyphosate enabled farmers to implement conservation methods and no-till practices that offer long-term benefits to the soil and the air.

– The reduction or removal of plowing / tilling of land

– Reduction in CO2 emissions

Capturing carbon in the soil

Improve soil health

– Reducing runoff , and limiting erosion13

“No pesticide regulatory authority around the globe currently assesses the glyphosate chemical a cancer risk to humans at the present levels to which they are exposed.” — Health Canada, January 11, 2019. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. How to Feed the Whole World in 2050

It’s now more vital than ever to ensure that Canadian farmers are able to access the technology tools, equipment, and support equipment they require to meet the food supply needs of a growing number of people. We can expect farmers to continue to preserve the quality and safety of our food by following safe food and agricultural security practices and pest management. Glyphosate is one of many tools they will employ to ensure Canadians and all people worldwide are able to access healthy and affordable food.