Ag-West Bio believes in science and technology for the advancement of humanity.
Thanks to biotechnology, we have life-saving drugs (insulin for example), vaccines, environmentally friendly cleaners and fuels, biodegradable plastics, and bioremediation. Ag-West Bio promotes the use of biotechnology for advancing crop development, because it helps to make agriculture more sustainable, both economically and environmentally.
Benefits of biotechnology
In this part of the world, genetically engineered crops such as canola have reduced the use of pesticides, increased production rates, reduced soil erosion and increased carbon capture thanks to the practice of zero-till. Another example is the Hawaiian papaya industry, which would have been lost if not for genetic modification. The technology has had a huge impact on the environment, on the lives of farmers and on the economy.
In the developing world, GM technology can mean the difference between whether a farmer can feed his or her family, or send his children to school – and it can literally save lives. One example is Golden Rice, modified to contain high levels of beta-carotene in order to prevent vitamin A deficiency, which can lead to blindness and even death.
Canada has an effective, science-based regulatory system. In Canada, each GM food is tested individually – for toxins, allergens, nutritional qualities, chemical safety, and more. It is also assessed for environmental and market impact before it is deregulated. It generally takes seven to 10 years to research, develop and test a new GM food. Visit Health Canada to learn more.
Ag-West Outreach and Science Initiatives
Global Biotech Week
Global Biotech Week celebrates biotechnology and innovative science, with various events and activities occurring across the world. The purpose of Global Biotech Week is to raise awareness of the industry and its global potential among policymakers, influencers, and the public more broadly. Ag-West Bio is the lead for Global Biotech Week activities in Saskatchewan.
Visit the Global Biotech Week Website
AIBC Speaker Series
The ABIC Speaker Series features experts from around the world with a passion for solving global challenges using science and technology, to inspire and teach. Two events are held each year; the Spring event has a business focus and the Fall event is focused on science or science communication. ABIC is a charitable foundation managed by Ag-West Bio.
Visit the AIBC Speaker Series Website
Diverse Field Crops Cluster
The Diverse Field Crops Cluster (DFCC) is an agri-science cluster whose purpose is to support the research and development of high-potential, special crops: flax, camelina, canaryseed, sunflower, hemp, quinoa and mustard. DFCC aligns industry and research stakeholders to seize market opportunities and accelerate the acreage and market returns of these crops.
Visit the Diverse Field Crops Cluster Website
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Farm & Food Care Saskatchewan
Farm & Food Care Saskatchewan is a coalition linking thousands of livestock, crop and horticulture producers, government, individuals and businesses with a common goal to help people understand food and farming. FFC SK organizes a variety of programs to connect consumers to food production and farming, presented in fun and interesting ways to find out more about food and how it is grown.
Visit the Farm & Food Care Website
Ag Awareness Initiative
The Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture’s Agriculture Awareness Initiative Program (AAIP) provides support to build awareness and trust in modern agriculture. The program is designed to help individuals and organizations tell the story of Saskatchewan agriculture. AAIP is a proposal-based program to fund strategic industry projects that target critical audiences and address key threats to agriculture’s social licence.
Visit the Ag Awareness Website
Agriculture in the Classroom
Agriculture in the Classroom Saskatchewan (AITC-SK) knows the next generation of big thinkers and decision makers is sitting in classrooms across the province. AITC-SK is committed to engaging youth, fostering curiosity, and stewarding their personal connection to agriculture. Through hands-on activities, engaging programs, and inquiry-based resources, AITC-SK is building the pathway to agriculture literacy, and a stronger future for us all.
Visit the Agriculture in the Classroom Website
We have compiled a list of websites and blogs that contain information on biotechnology, especially in relation to agriculture.
Please note that clicking on these links will take you away from the Ag-West Bio website, and that we do not control the content of these sites. If you discover a broken link, please let us know.
Also check out Ag-West Bio’s guest blog, which covers a wide range of topics!
Producer blogs with a science focus
See our list of recommended producer blogs.
See our list of recommended agriculture websites.
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