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Canola Council welcomes establishment of regulatory pathway for plant breeding innovation

The Canola Council of Canada (CCC) welcomes the release of new guidance on livestock feed released by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) today. The guidance clears the final hurdle to establishing a regulatory pathway for gene-edited products in Canada.
“Today’s guidance is an important milestone in unlocking the next generation potential for innovation and growth in the Canadian canola industry,” says Chris Davison, president and CEO of the CCC. “As Canada continues its work to feed and fuel the world, plant breeding innovation will play an increasingly important role in developing even more productive and resilient canola crops.”
With today’s guidance now published, Canada is also better equipped to encourage investment in support of development of gene-edited crops. New varieties will help make Canada’s canola crop more resilient in the face of pest pressures and climate volatility, support higher yields on each acre of farmland and enhance resource use efficiency.
“Plant breeding innovation is central to the industry’s innovation strategy and a longstanding priority for the Canola Council,” continued Davison. “With this regulatory pathway established, we look forward to our next phase of work with the entire canola value chain to drive innovation, investment and economic growth for the industry.”

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