Every day, scientists develop new technologies to help farmers improve efficiency, increase yields and protect the environment. Their persistence and ingenuity helps feed communities around the world, and it’s imperative that we recognize the contributions of science to agriculture.
While alumni of CropLife America’s (CLA) specialty certification The Founders of Modern Ag may be well aware of figures such as Norman Borlaug and Gregor Mendel, you may know less about current visionaries pushing modern ag discoveries forward:
- Andrew Z. Fire and Dr. Craig C. Mello discovered RNA interference (RNAi), for which they were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 2006. This discovery is leading to the development of new crop protection products among other items.
- Alison Van Eenennaam, a specialist in animal genomics and biotechnology, has helped communicate agricultural messages to policymakers and the public and is passionate about agricultural education. She recently received the 2015 Borlaug CAST Communication Award. Follow her on Twitter @BioBeef.
- David Zaruk sits on the European Commission Horizon 2020 Ethics Panel for Research. He promoted openness and the importance of science in reaction to the 2013 European Union moratorium on neonicotinoid insecticides. Follow him on Twitter @Zaruk.
These four scientists are just a handful of the researchers, inventors and agricultural advocates helping to advance pesticide technology. Each day brings new challenges, and modern ag advocates, like yourself, are determined to find solutions to feeding the world now and in the future!