The Committee recommends that the Government of Canada support the livestock sector in reducing methane emissions and its impact on climate change by creating a new environmentally-driven and science-based regulatory pathway for agricultural and veterinary products with environmental benefits, such as 3-NOP feed additives.
Witnesses emphasized the importance of regulatory flexibility and a science-based approach to encourage the adoption of technologies aimed at reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in agriculture.
Regulatory agencies were urged to adopt a science-based approach that fosters innovation in areas like plant breeding and pesticide licensing. A $50 million investment in the Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) was noted, with a call to focus on the timely delivery of innovations to farmers and program delivery.
Gene editing technology, which enables targeted changes to plant DNA, requires regulatory modernization. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) held consultations on the treatment of gene-edited products, and new guidelines for gene-edited plants and plants with novel traits have been published. The technology is seen as important, especially in the context of climate change, to develop drought-tolerant seeds.
To look out for: New environmentally-driven and science-based regulatory pathway for agricultural and veterinary products with environmental benefits; call for Science-Based Regulatory Innovation in Plant Breeding and Pesticide Licensing; regulatory modernization of gene editing technology.