Ottawa, Ontario, May 12, 2022
Ottawa, May 12, 2022 /CNW/ – Healthy plants are vital to people and animals, the environment and the economy. Canada It is an honor to join the United Nations and countries around the world in making today the first International Day for Plant Health.
The day comes on the heels of efforts to mark the International Year of Plant Health in 2020 to raise global awareness of the value of our precious plant resources and the need to protect them.
Plant pests are a major cause of biodiversity and crop productivity loss, and invasive species continue to pose a threat to Canada’s ecosystems. Insects, plants, snails and slugs that threaten plant health pose a hazard to the environment when they spread to new areas of the country or abroad, whether alone or through cargo, human activity, transportation, extreme weather or otherwise.
Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) Spotted lightflywhich is especially a threat in the east Canada along the border with U.S.. If introduced to Canada, this striking, colorful invasive insect wreaks havoc on grapes, fruit trees and forestry.Persistent infection in adjacent areas PennsylvaniaFor example, it poses a positive threat to our Niagara region’s renowned wine industry.
The actions we take can lead to the destruction of ecosystems and massive damage to agriculture, which is why everyone has a role to play. An example is avoiding moving firewood.This simple action can help prevent the spread Emerald Borers, sponge moth, Brown Spruce Longhorned Beetle, Dutch Elm Disease and other pests to new areas of the country.If you use wood to heat your home or cabin, or if you like to go camping, just buy and burn Locally grown or heat-treated firewood. This way, invasive species hiding in or under the bark cannot hitch a ride. Another way to help is to grow native or native plants rather than invasive or exotic plants.
Canadians can help by Report to CFIA Suspected sightings of new invasive species in their area.
It is important to know that most new findings of invasive pests have been reported by the public what grows and lives locally.
If each of us takes action to minimize risk, we can protect the plant health of future generations.
exist January 2022published by the Canadian Academy of Sciences Cultivate Diversitya report commissioned by the CFIA to identify current and emerging risks to plant health Canada.
as Canadian The National Plant Protection Organization, CFIA will continue to work with domestic and international partners to raise awareness and protect plant resources worldwide.
“International Plant Health Day is an opportunity to remind people of the importance of plant health to the overall viability of agriculture. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the team at CFIA who are tasked with mitigating and managing risks to our crops. Together we support our farmers Fulfill their mission to feed our growing world population.”
– Her Excellency Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food
“International Plant Health Day is an opportunity to raise awareness about the vital need to protect plant health and protect our crops, ecosystems, forests and natural habitats. Everyone has a favorite park they love to frequent. Look out for and report invasive insects and other plant pests to the CFIA—whether at home, at your favorite park or campground, on a farm, in an industrial area, or elsewhere.”
– David BaileyChief Plant Health Officer Canada CFIA Executive Director of Plant Health and Biosafety
“Plants define our planet and play a vital role in all of our lives, but I don’t think many people know the extent to which they support us and other life on Earth. They provide us with oxygen, Provides us with food to eat, helps produce soil, filters water, and is widely used in medicine. Unless threats to plant health are acknowledged and effectively managed, we are at risk of unbelievably damaging ecosystems and will Human and animal health, biodiversity, and food production are at risk.”
– Deborah BuzzardChair, Plant Health Expert Panel, Canadian Academy of Sciences
Plants are a major source of economic security for many communities.They are also critical to maintaining food security, environmental sustainability and public health, and are of cultural, physical and spiritual importance to people around the world Canada.
Healthy plants provide us with 80% of our food and 98% of our oxygen.
Plant pests cause up to 40% of global food crop losses.
CFIA is the National Plant Protection Organization Canada And is responsible for developing and implementing plant health regulations, policies and programs that comply with international standards and trade rules.
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Source Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA)