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CropLife Canada webinar: Precautionary approach or cautionary tale? An evaluation of the European regulatory framework for crop protection products and agricultural biotechnology
CropLife Canada commissioned Environmental Resources Management (ERM), the world’s largest pure play sustainability consultancy, to conduct a study on the political and regulatory drivers in Europe for crop protection products and biotechnology, and the impact its conservative and precautionary approach is having on the rest of the world. The study also assessed how Canadian agriculture compares to Europe when it comes to both productivity and sustainability. With the EU’s launch of the ‘Green Deal’ and their Farm to Fork and Biodiversity strategies, it’s critical that Canada be able to highlight and defend the value of our risk-based regulatory approaches. Highlights from the report include:
• Yield increases for maize, canola and wheat have been nearly double what they were
in France over the last two decades
• Greenhouse gas emissions per tonne of crop yield for maize, canola and wheat were
lower over the last two decades in Canada than in France
• Europe was seen as the main market for the development of 1 in 3 active ingredients
in the 1980s and today only 1 in 6 active ingredients is developed with Europe as the
key market
• The EU approval process for new biotech traits is taking an average of six years
compared to a two-year approval process in Canada
• Case studies on the impacts of the EU’s approach on pesticides for glyphosate and

Oct 7, 2021 01:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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