GlyphosateWhy farmers choose to grow crops sustainably with glyphosate: to ensure we will have food for many years to come.

It is not surprising that the population of the world is increasing. グリホサート グリホサート The world is predicted to be 9.7billion people in 2050. This is more than 2 billion more than today.1 But the land that is used for agriculture in the world isn’t expanding with us. This poses some serious challenges for farmers tasked with producing enough food of high-quality to feed Canadians and the rest of the globe.

Canada is the fifth largest exporter.2 Canadian farmers play a vital role in providing food to all. They’ll need to be able to meet the growing demand.

In 2050, farmers will need to produce 70% more food products to meet the needs of the increasing population. * Source: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations How to Feed the World in 2050

Farmers aren’t equipped with this rising demand. Luckily, modern tools and technology that include herbicides such as glyphosate, are able to help farmers to control weeds efficiently and efficiently, which results in a more sustainable and secure food supply.

What is glyphosate? And how is it used?

Glyphosate is a powerful, non-selective herbicide used by gardeners, land managers, farmers and others around the world for over 40 years. It works by blocking an enzyme that plants, specifically unwanted weeds, require in order to grow. The enzymes do not exist in humans or animals.4 Thus, when used correctly, glyphosate poses no risk to either.5

There are many other uses for glyphosate too. It is used in cities to protect people and wildlife from toxic plants.6 It is also used in railroads to increase visibility for conductors as well as ensure that accidents are not caused on tracks.

More recently, there’s been a heightened awareness of the use of glyphosate in our lives. It’s crucial to consider the ingredients in our food. But, more than 160 health regulatory bodies around the world including Health Canada agree that glyphosate is safe when it’s used in the right way. Canadians ought to be able know what glyphosate is, how it is used and what it does for food production.

グリホサート Why should glyphosate be used in agriculture?

Glyphosate-based herbicides are beneficial to farmers, consumers, and the environment. It is crucial for efficient weed suppression, sustainable food supply, and also environmental sustainability. Let’s examine each of these advantages in more in depth.

According to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization Global farmers can lose anywhere between 30-40% and 50 percent of their crops due to weeds, pests and diseases. It’s a devastating loss, especially for farmers, when you consider that those crops are their livelihood.

It’s not surprising that farmers have been relying on their tools year after year. The application of glyphosate to fields that have resistant crops to glyphosate is a tried and tested way of keeping destructive weeds away from crops.

Crops and Weeds, the fight for their lives

Glyphosate offers plants a chance to fight.

Canadians as well as global consumers benefit from the abundance of and affordable food items

The population is growing and half of today’s food-growing land is at risk of being unusable within a matter of 40 years due to desertification and degradation.10 This is causing increased food shortages. Canadians might have to pay as much as 55% more to buy food if they don’t adopt the latest farming practices like the use of Glyphosate.11

Furthermore, it could become more difficult to get the foods we enjoy. But the great news is that farmers can continue to grow our favourite staple foods thanks to the science behind plant breeding.

Glyphosate is a great herbicide to help control weeds and maintain affordable produce in the supermarket. Glyphosate is also used by farmers to look after what Cherilyn Joy-Nagle, a resident of Mossbank in Saskatchewan refers to as “their most important asset”–their land.

The food we love is always on the table

When tools for crop protection such as glyphosate are employed to shield crops from pests and diseases the farmers are able to grow:

42% more grains similar to wheat and corn

72% more fruit

83 Percent More Potatoes and vegetables

The benefits are clear. Is glyphosate safe to use?

Simply put, absolutely. グリホサート Like all pesticides you should always follow the directions on the label. Canada has two regulation agencies for glyphosate. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency, that inspects crops to see if there is any pesticide residue. The other is the Pest Management Regulating Agency (PMRA) which provides the regulatory guidelines, product evaluations and approvals (or refusals) and has one the most extensive evaluation processes across the globe.

And while regulatory agencies ensure that farmers use herbicides approved by the FDA producers and farmers contribute to making sure that glyphosate is applied in a safe and appropriate manner to ensure there are no potential harms to animals, the environment or human.

Also, thanks to improvements in technology and the use of precision agriculture, farmers are now able to leverage information to be more precise with their application of glyphosate in terms of where it’s applied and how much is applied.150

Glyphosate residue is rarely detected in food. It can cause damage when it is detected within certain levels. グリホサート CFIA makes sure that farmers use herbicides correctly and follow the established limits for residue16. This is rare and doesn’t cause harm to the health of animals or humans17.

Glyphosate is a component of sustainable farming practices

Farmers use herbicides, like glyphosate, to help with an integrated approach to pest and weed management. That means they are using more than herbicides for controlling the weeds. Glyphosate has enabled farmers to adopt conservation/no-till methods that provide long-term benefits for soil and air.

– A reduction or the elimination of plowing or tilling the land

Reduced CO2 emissions

Capturing carbon in soil

– Improving soils health

– Reducing water runoff and limiting erosion13

“No pesticide regulator in the whole world currently believes that glyphosate is an hazard to health at the moment.” — Health Canada (January 11, 2019).

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations How to Feed the Planet in 2050

Now is a better time than ever before for Canadian farmers to have access to the tools, technology, and support needed to meet increasing demands for food production.

We can anticipate that farmers will continue to preserve the safety and quality of our food by using good agricultural and food safety and insect management practices. Glyphosate is only one of many tools they’ll employ in order to ensure that Canadians as well as other people around the world have access to affordable and healthy food now and in the future.