International Year of Plant Health

In December 2018 the United Nations General Assembly (@UN) declared 2020 the International Year of Plant Health.   Leaders @UN underscore this “year is a once in a lifetime opportunity to raise global awareness on how protecting plant health can help end hunger, reduce poverty, protect the environment, and boost economic development.”

In this year-long initiative everyone has a role:

General Public:  Be aware that there are risks in transporting & shipping plants and plant products.  It is a vector for transmitting pests and diseases across borders.  Avoid ordering plants and plant material through e-commerce, postal and parcel delivery services that can more easily go around phytosanitary compliance.

Farmers:  Use certified pest-free seeds and seedlings.  Regularly monitor crops and report pest outbreaks.  Strictly follow label guidance and permitting requirements when applying pest controls.  Adopt environmentally friendly practices like biological controls including beneficial insects & organisms.

Transportation/Trade Sectors: Get it right before it ships.  Implement phytosanitary practices that ensure shipments of plants and plant materials are free from pests and diseases before they enter domestic, or international commerce.

Private Sector & Academia: Invest in research and development to improve phytosanitary practices.

Local, State & Federal Government:  Focus on preventing pest outbreaks and facilitating safe trade. Promote environmentally friendly pest management practices. Provide adequate human capital and financial resources for research and development, trade facilitation including phytosanitary inspections and education and promotion of practices ensuring safe trade.

U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal Plant Health Inspection Service Plant Protection and Quarantine (PPQ) has invited many partners, cooperators, and stakeholders to come together and create a common vision about how we will collaborate in the coming years to better safeguard agriculture and facilitate safe agricultural trade.  PPQ, with assistance from the North American Plant Protection Organization, has also decided to convene a large-scale conference on plant health safeguarding and safe trade in the summer of 2020. Cansler Consulting is proud to be a part of this initiative.

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