Professions and Science
Many professions and many scientific disciplines are required to make the best possible use of the agri-resource base.
If Canadians - and our export markets - are to be able to derive food, bio-products such as renewable fuels and bio-materials, and environmental goods and services from agriculture, people with professional expertise and science from a broad array of disciplines are urgently needed - from agrologists, bioengineers, crop protection scientists to zoonotic disease specialists. They may be soil or animal scientists, agronomists, food scientists, economists, geographers, farmers, geneticists, engineers, health professionals, public policy analysts, government regulators or business managers or owners. They may work in government, business, not-for-profits or academe. Collectively, they invest their intellectual capital to satisfy individual and societal demands of contemporary agriculture, for example from improving yields to discovering and extracting new value streams from agri-based products.
They all share a common science-based concern on how to increase the sustainable output from the agri-resource base and how to ensure that the end-products derived from that resource meet consumer and societal needs. Now and into the future. Goods and services that are green, safe, and healthy. Products that make our lives richer.
This page will provide a growing inventory of the sciences and professions that make possible the profitable and sustainable use of the agri-resource base for food, fuel, fibre, pharmaceuticals and environmental goods and services. This is the intellectual capital without which we cannot make the best use of the agri-resource base upon which we and future generations rely.