Why are you researching medicinal plants at the National Research Council?

I'm investigating plants that grow well on the Prairies and which we think are amenable to large-scale cultivation. We're looking at these plants from a value-added point of view - specifically, at the phytochemicals, or the chemicals they produce, particularly in the areas that may be applicable to human health. That's where they may provide higher value to farmers and the prairie economy than their usual use in bulk commodity foodstuffs and things like that.
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