International Day of Plant Health
May 12 is International Day of Plant Health
Protecting plants – protecting health
The United Nations designated 12 May the International Day of Plant Health (IDPH) to raise global awareness on how protecting plant health can help end hunger, reduce poverty, protect biodiversity and the environment, and boost economic development. Both our health and the health of our planet depend on plants.
Plants are the source of the oxygen we breathe, much of the food we eat, the fibers that make our clothes and natural building materials.Keep plants healthy while protecting the environment through sustainable pests and pesticides management.
Climate change and human actions have altered ecosystems and created new niches where plant pests and diseases can thrive.
BEING AWARE is one important way to help limit the threats of plant pests and diseases.
- be aware of the risks involved in bringing plants and plant products across borders that may harbor pests and diseases.
- be careful when ordering plants and plant products through channels such as e-commerce with postal services that bypass regular phytosanitary controls.
- Important to purchase from reputable companies that provide international phytosanitary certification for safe trade of plants and plant products.
How can you help and take action on the International Day of Plant Health
Make a #PlantHealth commitment this #PlantHealthDay. We can all contribute to plant health. Get people talking about #PlantHealth. Here is a video to help you take action!
Support your health and the health of the planet through a forest therapy walk.