Who regulates products of modern plant breeding?

Health Canada is responsible for regulating all products of modern plant breeding, including biotech crops, to ensure they are safe for humans, while the Canadian Food Inspection Agency ensures that all crops developed modern plant breeding are safe for the environment and for livestock animal feed. You can read more about the process a new crop developed through modern plant breeding, which includes GMOs, goes through before it’s put on the market in From Science to Seed.

Health Canada considers all crops developed through modern plant breeding to be as safe as traditional crops, and genetically modified crops have been endorsed by regulatory agencies around the world including: the World Health Organization; the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development; the U.S. National Academy of Sciences; and the Royal Societies of London and Canada.

The plant science industry maintains several stewardship initiatives to complement Government of Canada regulations, going beyond the legal requirements to promote safe and responsible use of products of modern plant breeding in Canada.