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Taking Action on Innovation

April 9, 2013

Agricultural Innovation Benefits all Canadians

OTTAWA, April 9, 2013 /CNW/ – Innovation is key to keeping Canada’s
agricultural sector strong and strong, science-based regulatory systems
are key to ensuring that such innovations are safe for human health and
the environment.

“Innovations derived through modern plant breeding help farmers, are
good for the environment and they deliver tangible benefits to
consumers by way of lower food costs,” said Lorne Hepworth, president
of CropLife Canada, the trade association representing manufactures,
developers and distributors of plant biotechnology.

“Canada is well-known for its exceptional, science-based regulatory
system and for ensuring that human health and environmental
considerations are duly considered.  Canadian consumers enjoy one of
the safest, most abundant, and most affordable food supplies in the
world.  Agricultural innovation, particularly plant biotechnology, has
played a strong role in that success,” said Hepworth.

Biotech crops help farmers to control threats to productivity such as
weeds, insects and disease.  These enhanced crops can also reduce or
eliminate the need for farmers to plough the land to control weeds,
which significantly enriches soil and reduces erosion.  Additional
information about the benefits of modern plant breeding can be found by
visiting www.croplife.ca.

CropLife Canada and its member companies are strong proponents of
allowing consumers and farmers to choose between conventional, organic
and GM crop production.  The industry also has a long history of
ensuring that its products are properly managed throughout their entire
lifecycle.  This includes developing best management practices to
address concerns such as the ability of various farming operations to

“Growing food demand means that both organic and GM production sectors
will continue to grow”, said Hepworth.  “This means that compatibility
between all production methods will continue to be an important issue. 
Our industry remains ready to work on coexistence issues with all
interested parties.”

SOURCE CropLife Canada

Source: PR Newswire