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Cultivating Diversity - The Expert Panel on Plant Health Risks in Canada

24 Jan 2022

Over the course of the assessment, key guidance and oversight were provided by the CCA’s Board of Directors, Scientific Advisory Committee, and founding Academies: the Royal Society of Canada, the Canadian Academy of Engineering, and the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. [...] Recognizing the importance and essential role of plants in maintaining a variety of economic and social goods — from food security to environmental sustainability to public health — the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) asked the Council of Canadian Academies (CCA) to answer the following question: What are the most significant current and emerging risks to plant health in Canada? The CCA ass. [...] Key exacerbating factors — climate change, the movement of people and goods, and evolutionary processes — can increase the likelihood of adverse events, the rapidity of changes, and the severity of potential impacts to plant health. [...] The development of new methodologies, including technological and practical innovations as well as advances in statistical methods, offers an opportunity to review the availability, applicability, and potential overlaps of indicators and metrics of plant and soil health across agriculture, forestry, and natural ecosystems. [...] Coordination among diverse actors is essential for the successful deployment of resources and knowledge to mitigate emerging risks to plant health The governance of Canada’s plant health system is informed by, and follows, international standards and agreements, including the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) Agreement on the Application of Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures (SPS Agreement), the C.
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