GlyphosateThe reason farmers decide to cultivate crops sustainably with glyphosate: to ensure we will have food for many years to come.

It’s not surprising that the population of the world is increasing. The world is expected to be home to 9.7 billion people by 2050.1 However, the agricultural land around the globe isn’t expanding at the same rate as ours. This creates serious problems for farmers, who must produce enough food products of top quality to supply Canadians and people across the globe.

Canada is the 5th largest exporter.2 Canadian farmers play a vital role in providing food to all. They will have to satisfy the growing demand, manage pests and diseases as well as weather variations and ensure that their land is healthy for future generations.

In order for the population to increase, 70% more food needs to be consumed by 2050. *Source: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. How to Feed the Planet in 2050

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.

グリホサート Farmers cannot meet this growing demand on their own. Modern technology and tools like herbicides like glyphosate, can be used to help farmers effectively and efficiently manage weeds which leads to a more secure and sustainable food supply.

What is the exact meaning of Glyphosate?

Glyphosate is an adaptable herbicide that is non-selective, and is used by land managers, farmers and gardeners around the world for more than 40 years. Glyphosate is a chemical that blocks the enzymes that plants, in this instance unwanted weeds, need to grow. The enzymes do not exist in humans or any other animals.4 So, glyphosate poses no risk to any species in the event that it is used correctly.

Glyphosate is used in many different ways in addition to agriculture. It is used in cities to protect wildlife and humans from poisonous plants.6 It’s also used for railroads to enhance the visibility for conductors as well as stop accidents from happening on the tracks.

Glyphosate and its use have been the subject of greater attention in recent years. Although it’s essential to ask the ingredients that go into our food items, it’s also important to know that more than 160 of the world’s government health regulatory agencies which includes Health Canada, agree that glyphosate is safe for human consumption when used correctly.8

Canadians should be able to understand what glyphosate means, how it is used and the effects it has on food production.

Why should glyphosate be used in agriculture?

The use of herbicides based on glyphosate benefits farmers, consumers as well as the environment. It is vital to effective control of weeds and food security as well as sustainability for the environment. Let’s examine each of them.

According to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (9 U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization), farmers worldwide suffer losses of between 30-40% and 60 percent of their crops each year to weeds and pests. It is devastating, especially for farmers who depend on those crops to support their families.

Therefore, it’s no wonder that farmers have come to depend on tools they can rely on, year in and year out. Applying glyphosate on fields with resistant crops to glyphosate is a tried and tested method to keep weeds that are destructive away from crops.

Crops and. weeds – the fight of their lives

Glyphosate is a herbicide that gives crops a fighting chance.

Canadians as well as consumers worldwide, reap the benefits of abundant and affordable food items

The population is increasing and half of our food-growing land is likely to be unusable in forty years. This has led to food security issues. Canadians will pay 55% less for food, if there is no new farming techniques, like the use or glyphosate.11

It could also make it harder for us to locate the food we are drawn to. Thanks to science-based agriculture farmers will be in a position to produce more of our favourite meals over time. Glyphosate can help to manage weeds and maintain affordable produce in the supermarket. グリホサート Glyphosate is also used by farmers to manage the land that Cherilyn Joy-Nagle, a resident of Mossbank in Saskatchewan refers to as “their greatest asset”–their land.

Make sure you have the food that we love to eat on your table

The growth of farmers is enhanced by using crop protection tools (including glyphosate) are used to safeguard crops from pests or diseases.

42% more grains like corn and wheat

72 percent more fruit

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The advantages of glyphosate are obvious. But is glyphosate safe to use?

The answer is yes. Like all pesticides, it must be applied according to the instructions on the label. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) examines the crops for pesticide residue and makes sure farmers are using the product correctly. The Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) is a regulatory agency that provides guidelines, evaluations of submissions to the product approvals (or rejects) and is one of the strictest evaluation processes around the globe.

In addition to ensuring that the herbicides that are approved for use are properly used by farmers, regulatory agencies make sure that the an appropriate and safe use of glyphosate continues by manufacturers, farmers as well as animals, so that no unintended danger is created to the natural environment or other animals.

Additionally, with the advancements in technology and use of precision agriculture, farmers are able to make use of information to be more precise in their application of glyphosate, as to where it’s used and the amount applied.150

Concerning the residue of pesticides, it’s uncommon for glyphosate to be detected on food and, in the case of limits and deemed to be harmful, it can cause harm. It is uncommon to detect glyphosate in food items.

Sustainable farming practices are a part of the use of Glyphosate

Farmers employ herbicides such as glyphosate to help with integrated pest/weed control system. グリホサート This means that they employ more than herbicides to control the weeds. Glyphosate helped farmers adopt conservation/no-till methods that provide long-term benefits for soil and the air.

– The reduction or elimination plowing or tilling land

Reduced CO2 emissions

Capturing carbon in soil

– Improving the health of soil

– Reducing water runoff and limiting erosion13

“No pesticide regulatory agency anywhere in the world is currently evaluating Glyphosate to pose the risk of human cancer at the present levels.” – Health Canada (January 11, 2019, Health Canada).

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. How to Feed the Whole World by 2050

Making sure Canadian farmers have the equipment, tools and resources they require to meet the ever-growing demand for food supplies of an increasing population is more important now than ever before.

The most effective agricultural, food safety and methods for controlling pests will help farmers keep our food safe and plentiful. Glyphosate is just one of the many tools they will use to make sure that Canadians and others around the globe can access affordable and healthy food both now and in the near future.