Prairie Post (East Edition)

Canola Council welcomes guidance in support of plant breeding innovation



May 3, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) published guidance regarding plant breeding, which will facilitate innovation and developmen­t of improved plant varieties. This guidance supports the introducti­on of gene-edited products in the Canadian market.

“This is an important step for ongoing canola innovation and Canada’s success,” says Jim Everson, president of the Canola Council of Canada (CCC). “Canola itself is the product of Canadian innovation, and plant breeding innovation has been key to canola generating nearly $30 billion in nation-wide impact each year.” Plant breeding advancemen­ts are a critical part of the canola industry’s Keep it Coming strategy that guides the value chain and prepares for the opportunit­ies and challenges ahead, including improved productivi­ty to meet global market demand. New varieties will help make Canada’s canola crop more resilient in the face of pest pressures and climate change, support higher yields on each acre of farmland and improve sustainabi­lity through enhanced resource use efficiency. A key feature of the industry’s new Canola Innovation Strategy, plant breeding innovation has been a longstandi­ng priority of CCC advocacy.

“We support CFIA’s new guidance that provides a robust science-based approach to Canada’s domestic regulatory framework,” says Everson. “This will encourage new and additional research and developmen­t investment in Canada, while at the same time upholding safety and aligning with many of our trading partners in the approach to plant breeding regulation.”

The Canola Council of Canada is a full value chain organizati­on representi­ng canola growers, processors, life science companies and exporters. Keep it Coming 2025 is the strategic plan to ensure the canola industry’s continued growth, demand, stability and success. For more informatio­n, visit canolacoun­cil. org or follow CCC on Twitter @canolacoun­cil.

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