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Harnessing private sector in ag innovation


June 30, 2010
By Dave Harrison

June 30, 2010, Vineland, Ont. – Dr.
Jim Brandle, CEO, Vineland Research
and Innovation Centre today issued a response to the G20’s communiqué to
“harness the private sector for agricultural innovation” in the
International
Financial Institutions and Development section.



June 30, 2010, Vineland, Ont. – Dr. Jim Brandle, CEO, Vineland Research
and Innovation Centre
today issued a response to the G20’s communiqué to
“harness the private sector for agricultural innovation” in the International
Financial Institutions and Development section.

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“It’s the reason why we exist,” said Brandle. “Vineland’s research and
innovation mandate and business model is to collaborate and harness private
sector resources specifically for agricultural innovation.”

Vineland works directly with industry to develop export-ready technology,
and internationally valued science for food production to better feed the
world.

“We are doing this right now. We are ready to take on the challenge from
the G20 and help to feed the world,” added Donald Ziraldo, Vineland’s chair and
co-founder of Inniskillin Wines. “At Vineland we have the vehicle to do exactly
what the G20 is calling for. And we want all of Canadian industry to take
advantage of our unique position to lead consumer science, applied genomics and
sustainable production for horticulture.”

Vineland’s role as a Canadian research, science and innovation institution
has recently received new targets, goals and funding from Ontario and Canadian
governments.

“Our business model works directly with the private sector, industry,
science and other partners,” added Brandle. “They are investing in drought
resistance science, sustainable/organic research, innovation for food products
that we can take to the other members of the G20 and the rest of the world.”

This
has brought new researchers together from around the world, coupled with a
public-private partnership at Vineland that collaborates for horticulture
innovation.


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