- Without pesticides and biotech crops we’d need 50% more farmland in Canada to grow what we do today.
- Canadian farmers produce 72% more fruit because they use pesticides to protect their crops.
Pesticides play an important role as farmers continue to work towards producing the safest and highest quality foods possible. In order for producers to do their jobs efficiently and effectively, they need a regulatory system that is science-based and a government that is willing to provide producers with the necessary tools. The ability of farmers to have timely access to new products for use in pest management is extremely important to farmers to remain competitive in the global market. CFA also requests that more resources be directed at the registration of ‘minor use’ products to ensure producers of horticultural, vegetable, fruit and small acreage crops have access to the pest control tools they need.
Working Toward Solutions:
The CFA participates in both the Economic Management Advisory Committee (EMAC) and the Pest Management Advisory Council (PMAC), along with other stakeholders with the shared goal of improving the current regulatory system.
- PMRA recognizes the competitive disadvantages of the current system, and CFA implores the government to work to harmonize system with the U.S. and EU countries.
- Border barriers be lifted to allow any product currently approved for similar purposes by the U.S. EPA or EU equivalent.
- Create an expedited registration process for reduced risk products to facilitate access to lower-risk products.
- Improve the accountability of PMRA. CFA requests intervention by Ministers involved recognizing issues of trade, competitiveness, NAFTA agreements, science policy and sound governance.
- Increased industry representation for PMAC.
Growers Own Use Program
The federal government’s Growers Own Use Program (GROU) allows growers to import the U.S. version of Canadian-registered crop protection products for their own use, based on recommendations from a product nomination committee. CFA is a member of this committee.