Secure and sustainable food production

The agrifood sector around the globe is facing several significant challenges including climate change, environmental threats from pest and pathogens, increased global competition in the food industry, changing demographics and the availability of a sustainable land base and water availability for food production. BC’s agrifood sector is no exception.

Advances in emerging genome-based technologies are offering new tools and solutions to our most significant agricultural challenges. The adoption and use of these technologies could facilitate the development and commercialization of new products in the marketplace and improved production processes for food producers and manufacturers.

sector_ico_Agrifood_trans Agrifood

The grape growing and winemaking sector is a significant contributor to the BC economy. The number of wineries in BC has increased steadily and correspondingly so has output and ec...

Slide Did you know? Agrifood and seafood sales generate $14B in annual revenue for BC contributing 2% to the provincial GDP and providing more than 61,000 jobs Slide
Population growth, climate change,
resource depletion, global competitiveness,
government regulatory processes,
human health and nutrition, and
sustainability are issues
facing this sector.
Slide Through genomics we can
combat the effects of
climate change by improving
resistance to pathogens,
drought, and low temperatures.
improve food safety
through detection and
identification of food-borne
pathogens.
improve food quality
and nutritional value
increase crop yields decrease food waste produce hardier
crops and livestock
decrease costs
of livestock production
improve human
and animal health