Hursh reports on CFIA’s move to drop seed crop inspections

*CFIA looks at dropping seed crop inspections*

Within five years, Canada’s seed industry should not expect CFIA involvement in the field inspections of seed crops. That was the message from CFIA officials at last week’s annual meeting of the Canadian Seed Growers Association.

Predictably, seed growers are not happy. They point out that since 1928, it has been through Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and more recently the Canadian Food Inspection Agency that independent, third party inspections of Canada’s seed crop have been performed or authorized.

The CFIA move seems to be all about cost cutting, but there doesn’t seem to have been any analysis of what this could cost Canada’s seed crops and the whole field crop industry in general.

Canadian Seed Growers Association members passed two resolutions at their meeting opposing the CFIA action. They feel the service reductions would put the competitiveness of Canadian crop production at risk. Furthermore, the association wants to maintain a national program, uniformly delivered across all crop kinds and all regions of the country.

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Discovery, development and registration of ag-related products to fight disease and pests: A study

Commissioned by Crop Life America and and the European Crop Protection Association (ECPA), Phillips McDougall conducted a study on the discovery, development and registration of new products designed to support modern agricultural production and fight pests and disease around the world.

The Study is available here:…

Some key notes articulated by Jack Boyne, director of communications for Bayer CropScience:

  • 50 percent of the world’s harvest would be lost if pests weren’t controlled 
  • it takes approximately 10 years of testing to bring a product to market, during which time half the product’s patent protection is lost 
  • products are evaluated not only for possible effects on human health but also for their impacts in wildlife and the environment 
  • only one product out of 100,000 evaluated actually makes it to market 
  • today’s products are better tested, more selective and more precisely applied than ever before — often a dose is measured in fractions of grams per acre 

Read more on this in “Crop protection products help feed world” (by David Bennett, Farm Press Editorial Staff).