Support Biotechnology in BC's Agricultural and Silvicultural Industries

One of the Green platform planks is increasing BC agriculture's resilience in the face of climate change and ability to provide for BC's own consumption, including a target of 30% increase in productivity over 2001 levels. With BC already being a leader in technological industries and biological research, we are well-positioned to make use of biotechnology to help improve BC's agricultural resilience, yields, and diversity. For example, a UBC team working with professor Joerg Bohlmann has conducted research into using genetic engineering to combat BC's devastating Mountain Pine Beetle; and a local small business called Okanagan Specialty Fruits has developed a non-browning apple intended to reduce food waste. Elsewhere in the world, crops are being developed to resist the effects of climate change, by developing traits such as drought tolerance (for example, at the University of California San Diego) or resistance to insect pests whose range increases to grow with rising temperatures. Certain kinds of biotechnology-assisted pest control can also reduce the need for soil tillage, which promotes erosion and water runoff and impedes the growth of helpful organisms like earthworms and mycorrhizal fungi. The Greens should support the research, development, and deployment of agricultural biotechnology to improve BC's ability to provide stable supplies of natural resources to its growing population in the face of a changing climate.

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  • Barbara Shepherd
    commented 2019-06-28 23:21:06 -0700
    We need radical changes in how we organize production, distribution and consumption of the earth’s remaining resources in order to halt the climate crisis we’re facing. The natural earth needs regeneration through organic processes, not implanting Frankentrees to ride out the coming decades while we continue on with business as usual.
  • Warren Sellick
    published this page in Make a suggestion 2017-04-20 10:49:42 -0700
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