Frequently Asked Questions

1.  What is the Pesticide Risk Reduction Program?

The Pesticide Risk Reduction Program focuses on developing and implementing reduced risk solutions for pest management issues that have been identified as priorities by growers. AAC and the PMRA are working together with industry and the provinces to increase the availability and adoption of reduced risk tools and practices to control pests in agriculture.

2.  How is a pest defined?

A pest is any undesirable organism – insect, disease, or weed – that harms crops and depresses yields.

3.  What is meant by risk reduction?

Risk reduction means reducing the risks to human health and the environment from the use of pesticides in agriculture. This may mean using newer pesticides that are inherently lower risk or less persistent in the environment. Risk reduction also involves helping growers to adopt an integrated approach to managing pests and by doing so reducing reliance on traditional pesticides.

4.  What is the link with integrated pest management?

The risk reduction strategy for a crop will involve the use of integrated pest management approaches, such as monitoring the level of pest infestations to determine when pesticides are needed, crop rotation, use of new chemical, physical, or biological control methods, the use of resistant varieties and best management practices to reduce or avoid pest infestations. The strategy may also point out needs for further research and development of integrated pest management approaches.

5.  What is the link with minor use pesticide registrations?

Commodity-based risk reduction strategies will suggest priorities for the registration of new pesticides, including reduced-risk products like biopesticides, for use on both minor and major crops.

6.  What is a biopesticide?

See Types of biopesticides.

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