Revisions to the Feeds Act, the Seeds Act, and the Pest Control Products Act “lays the groundwork for an adaptable and robust future”
October 23, 2023 By Greenhouse Canada
Oct. 23, 2023 – The introduction of a new Private Members Bill by MP Kody Blois is aimed at amending the Feeds Act, the Seeds Act, and the Pest Control Products Act.
Bill C-359 is intended to offer a number of advantages that directly address the needs of Canadian growers. It facilitates faster access to innovative crop protection solutions, allowing farmers to better combat threats like pests and diseases. It also aims to reduce the regulatory hurdles by recognizing approvals from at least two other trusted jurisdictions, the bill streamlines the approval process, as well as aims to accelerate access to sustainable crop protection products and offers an improved pathway for addressing specific concerns related to crop protection,
MP Blois’ Private Member’s Bill proposes amendments that would create a pathway for the provisional registration or approval of pest control products, seeds, and feeds within 90 days, provided they have already received approval in at least two other trusted jurisdictions.
“Climate change introduces new variables into crop management, including the emergence of novel pests and diseases previously unseen in Canadian agriculture. The bill’s streamlined approach to approving crop protection products allows for quicker responses to these unpredictable challenges, thereby fortifying the agricultural sector’s resilience against a changing climate. By enabling faster access to state-of-the-art, environmentally friendly solutions, the bill not only sustains current agricultural practices but also lays the groundwork for an adaptable and robust future,” notes the Fruit and Vegetable Growers of Canada in a press release.
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