For the plant science industry, good stewardship means making sure processes and practices are in place to ensure plant science innovations are safe, sustainable and effective — from initial research and development all the way to end-of-life product disposal.

Learn more about the plant science industry’s commitment to stewardship

Going above and beyond

Canada’s plant science industry takes pride in exceeding the country’s regulatory requirements when it comes to the development, manufacturing and distribution of both pesticides and seeds enhanced through modern plant breeding. We do this throughout the entire product lifecycle:

Product development

Plant science companies dedicate significant time and money to researching and developing products that help farmers sustainably produce more of the safe, healthy and affordable foods Canadians have come to expect.

Responsible use

Our industry is committed to making sure farmers understand how to safely use, phase out and dispose of pesticides. We run training and education programs, have systems to ensure that pesticides are safely stored, warehoused and transported, and run grower audits to ensure that our technologies are being used properly.

CropLife Canada has also developed best management practices for growers to support the proper use of our industry’s products.

Our industry is committed to responsibly deploying and managing new pest management technologies as they are introduced in Canada to support their continued effectiveness. 

Proper recycling

Our commitment to safe products extends to disposal — recycling empty pesticide and fertilizer containers and seed bags, for example, and responsibly disposing of expired or unused pesticides.

An integrated approach to pest management

Unique and new kinds of problems demand equally unique solutions. Farmers use what is called integrated pest management (IPM) — the systematic combination of tools and preventative practices to avoid and deal with pest issues instead of taking a one-size-fits-all approach. As part of IPM, farmers apply pesticides only when necessary, and also employ a variety of mechanical, biological and cultural controls to prevent pests from attacking crops.

Helping farmers clean up

Cleanfarms is a not-for-profit industry stewardship organization that gives farmers a responsible way to recycle the waste products they generate on their farms. While Cleanfarms was created in 2010 to manage the industry’s waste stewardship programs, the plant science industry has been running world-leading stewardship programs for more than two decades. Since they first began, Cleanfarms programs have collected and recycled more than 100 million empty containers, safely disposed of more than two million kilograms of obsolete pesticides, and collected more than 500,000 empty pesticide and seed bags. By reducing the need for new containers, this massive recycling initiative has saved more than 500,000 barrels of crude oil for every 100 million containers recycled. Learn more at