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Explore ways to protect Canada's plants, forests, and agriculture on the International Day of Plant Health

Ottawa, Ontario

Healthy plants are the foundation of ecosystems, supporting both human and animal life while keeping the environment stable and helping economies grow. May 12 marks the International Day of Plant Health, and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is reminding everyone of their role in safeguarding agriculture, forests, and the environment in Canada.

Plant pests are a threat to Canada's environment and natural resources, which can have devastating effects on the food production, horticulture and forestry sectors. Invasive insects, plants, snails, and slugs spread to new regions via cargo transport, human activities such as moving firewood, and extreme weather events that can carry them long distances.

The CFIA collaborates with industry, stakeholders, and various government agencies to safeguard Canada's agriculture, forestry, and environmental sectors from invasive species. We do this through regulations, science-based risk assessments, annual surveys, and inspections.

Each of us has a role in slowing or stopping the spread of invasive species. Here's what you can do to prevent the introduction and spread of invasive species:

  • Learn about the invasive species in your area and what they look like.
  • Don't move firewood; buy and burn local wood or buy heat-treated firewood.
  • Before moving any outdoor gear, vehicles, or equipment (like boats, ATVs, RVs, camping gear, or lawn mowers), give them a thorough inspection, and cleaning if necessary.
  • If you notice any suspicious plant pests, report them. You can do so online or by contacting your local CFIA office.

Your vigilance can make a real difference in protecting our environment.

Source : Canada.ca

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