The Canadian Grain Commission is outlining its new science strategy, which details the organization’s goals and desired outcomes for grain science.
Leading up to the release of the new strategy, the CGC received feedback from stakeholders — industry, organizations, academia, and other departments — as well as from an internal consultation.
Esther Salvano, director general with the grain research laboratory at the CGC, joined RealAg Radio host Shaun Haney to discuss the new strategy, which Salvano is dubbing as “inspirational, but also achievable from an operational perspective.”
The CGC has identified five drivers in the strategy that will impact the future of grain science in the next decade:
- Global trends and emerging market issues;
- Advances in technology;
- Evolving end uses;
- Climate change and extreme weather; and
- Food safety and nutrition.
The reasoning for the order was based on the questions and suggestions received by stakeholders, and although there was emphasis on all of the points, global trends and emerging market issues are something the CGC hears time and time again, says Salvano.
“We have scientists who are involved with international organizations, so we have a good idea of what we need to follow,” she explains. “For example: GMOs, pesticides, as you may know, we are also involved in the question that is with maximum residue limits.”
When looking at global trends, a piece into this first driver is how countries are doing their own internal grading systems. As Salvano explains, it all comes down to the method they do for analysis, and the level of detection.
“We exchange information, we exchange knowledge, and we look at what can be done to meet these requirements nationally, and internationally.”
Check out the full conversation between Salvano and Haney, below: