The primary objectives of agri-food biotechnology research include increasing agricultural productivity, improving environmental performance, improving attributes for food and non-food uses, and addressing threats to the agriculture and agri-food value chain.
OFA supports agri-food biotechnology research and actively follows the use of biotechnology in food production and non-food production from the perspectives of animal and human health, financial, and consumer concerns.
Agri-food biotechnology is a cost-effective tool for advancing agriculture and food production to ensure that Canadians can benefit from the latest and safest products. OFA has confidence in the integrity of the Canadian regulatory system and its ability to provide Canadians with the safest food possible, including foods produced or processed using biotechnology. The responsible use of biotechnology enhances long-term economic and environment sustainability. Timely access to the latest technologies is essential to keep Ontario’s agri-food industry competitive.
OFA also believes that farmers should have the decision as to whether or not to adopt the latest technologies.