Technology impacts so many aspects of our life, from the smartphones that keep us connected to the GPS devices that keep us from getting lost. That’s why it’s no surprise that Canadian farmers are also taking advantage of technological innovations to grow stronger, healthier and more abundant crops.
In fact, technology in agriculture plays an important role in helping farmers adapt to changing weather patterns and be more efficient on their farm to mitigate potential effects of climate change.
“Plant science technologies like pesticides and plant biotechnology are helping cut greenhouse gas emissions by as much as 29 million tonnes a year in Canada, because the tools allow farmers to reduce land use, tillage and equipment passes,” says Ian Affleck, executive director of plant biotechnology at CropLife Canada.
These technologies will continue to play a pivotal role for the future of agriculture given that climate change will continue to cause unusual and unpredictable weather around the world.
“For the future, new varieties of crops are being developed to better withstand drought and other extreme weather conditions,” says Affleck. “With predictions of excessive heat, drought and flooding all increasing and the earth’s temperature rising two to three degrees Celsius in the next 50 years, plant science technologies will be a game changer in helping farmers continue to produce safe and abundant food for a growing global population.”