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Crop research, biotech canola, and innovation policy in Canada: Challenges, opportunities, and evolution
- Malla, Stavroula, Brewin, Derek G.
- Canadian journal of agricultural economics 2019 v.67 no.2 pp. 135-150
- acreage, agricultural research, biotechnology, canola, farmers, intellectual property rights, private sector, public policy, sustainable development, wheat, Canada
- Increased investment in agricultural research could contribute to sustainable development goals and benefit farmers, consumers, the environment, and the economy. This paper provides recent evidence and a critical assessment of the evolving Canadian canola crop development and innovation policy and compares it to the wheat and pulse sectors that differ in degree of biotechnology adoption, seeded acreage, intellectual property rights, and private sector involvement. This study also assesses how crop characteristics and technological changes affect future optimal public policy. A number of innovation policies are discussed that could stimulate further growth within the crop sector.