Expert panel findings on plant health risks

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The Canadian Food Inspection Canada has released recent findings from an expert panel on plant health risks in Canada. Plants are critical to Canada as agriculture and forestry account for 500,000 jobs and over $90 billion in annual exports. Plants face many threats, such as rising temperatures, changing precipitation patterns, extreme weather events, disease, and new predators, all of which have been exacerbated by climate change, the global movement of people and goods, and evolutionary processes. The report, Cultivating Diversity, examines the existing and emerging risks to plant health in Canada and offers insights into promising practices that may help to mitigate them. The report focuses on key areas of risk, rather than specific risks, as well as strategies to reduce vulnerability and increase resilience.  On a related note Canada joins the United Nations and countries around the world in recognizing the first International Day of Plant Health.

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