Agricultural Facts

Animals

Sixty years ago, a hen laid 50 to 60 eggs per year. Thanks to improved genetics, nutrition, health management and housing, a hen now lays over 300 eggs per year.

Of nearly 1,500 diseases we know affect people, two-thirds can pass between animals and humans.

Animal health products are not just valuable tools for the protection of animal health - they safeguard human health.

According to the United Nations, global output of animal protein must double within the next 40 years if food production is to keep pace with rising demand. Almost 75% of this will have to be achieved through improvements in efficiency, delivered via the adoption of new and existing agricultural technologies.

Animal health products undergo years of testing and trials to meet stringent government requirements before being approved for use.

Environment

West Nile virus is a serious infection that can affect both people and horses. Highly effective vaccines have been developed to protect horses against the virus which is aiding in the development of a human vaccine.

Through better nutrition, improved health and genetics 40% less water is used to raise a pig to market and each pound of beef produced today uses 30 percent less land, 20 percent less feed, and 14 percent less water than in 1997.

In just a few decades, our agricultural land base has decreased by 9 million acres. Pest control products and biotechnology help farmers grow more food on less land, which preserves more natural spaces and the surrounding biodiversity.

Organic foods require a larger land base to produce the same amount of food as is produced using modern agricultural practices including biotechnology, some animal health products, and crop protection innovations.

Food Safety

Whether produced organically or conventionally, food safety is paramount.

Food safety programs both on the farm and at the food processor help identify critical control points where food safety could be at risk. Steps to manage that risk are taken, documented and validated by independent auditors.

Canadians have access to one of the safest, most abundant food supplies in the world – and it doesn’t happen without tools like animal health products, pesticides and plant biotechnology.

All animal health products sold in Canada have undergone a comprehensive scientific review and risk assessment by Health Canada to identify any potential threats to animal and human health or the environment.

Urban Connection

World food demand will increase 70% by 2050.

If we used the technology of the 1950s, 1,215,106 hectares of land would be needed to feed Ontario’s dairy cattle. Because of technological innovation, less than 614,220 hectares is required to produce our milk today.

A farmer in 1900 produced enough food for 10 people. Today’s farmer feeds over 120 people and Canadian farmers now supply 150 other countries with food.

One of every eight Canadian jobs is related to agriculture.

In 1931, one in three Canadians lived on a farm. Today, it’s just one in 46.

As a result of today’s farming practices a land base that is nine times the size of metropolitan Toronto (64,100 hectares) is available for other uses such as wildlife habitats, recreation, commercial and residential dwellings.

In 1900, fifty cents of every dollar earned was spent on food. Today, we spend just 10.6 cents of every dollar we earn.

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