Canadians shouldn’t need to spend time worrying whether the food they buy at the grocery store is safe, or that growing these foods is causing damage to our environment. Luckily, the plant science industry, farmers and Canada’s regulatory system work diligently to ensure that our environment is protected and our foods are safe.

Who ensures safe pesticides and biotech products in Canada?

A rigorous regulatory system

Canada has one of the most stringent regulatory systems in the world for pesticides and crops enhanced through biotechnology. Under this system, Health Canada and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency create the rules and protocols the plant science industry follows to ensure pesticides and biotech crops, including GMOs, do not pose a risk to human health or the environment.

Health and safety on the farm

Smart application techniques

Farmers have turned to safer application technologies like insecticide-treated seeds for more targeted protection. When they do spray pesticides, they make sure products are applied exactly where they’re needed in the field by using GPS technology for precise pesticide application, incorporating buffer strips and using low-drift nozzles to avoid spray on non-target areas.

The right tool at the right time

Many Canadian farmers take an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approach to addressing pest problems. IPM recognizes that every pest problem is unique and should be addressed by a specific, targeted control method — it’s about using the right tool at the right time.

Sustainable processes

Farmers are the custodians of the land. This is why they are committed to protecting it by using pesticides to control weeds and the most sustainable processes possible to safeguard the acreage — like conservation tillage to protect the soil and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Responsible use

Reading and understanding label instructions and proper application techniques is a priority for farmers in Canada — not just because it’s the law, but also because our growers care about human health and the environment.

Health and safety driven by R&D

As part of the plant science industry’s commitment to stewardship, we invest heavily in research and development at all stages of a product’s lifecycle to maximize the benefits while minimizing any health, safety or environmental risks.

How insecticide-treated seeds help safeguard our bee population

Insecticide-treated seeds are among the most targeted insecticide applications ever developed. Applying insecticides directly to seeds before planting means unpredictable, soil-borne insects can’t hurt vulnerable seeds and seedlings. But at the same time, helpful insects like bees — the pollinators of crops — aren’t exposed to the product. Farmers have successfully used insecticide-treated seeds for more than a decade. This highly targeted approach to pest control is good for farmers and for the environment because only a very small amount of the product is needed. Learn more about our industry’s commitment to honey bees at