Farmers urged to comment on neonicotinoid use before December 12

Health Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency has done a study on the effects of neonicotinoid-treated seed on pollinators, and has concluded that “current agricultural practices related to the use of neonicotinoid-treated corn and soybean seed are not sustainable.” It plans to implement protective measures for 2104 which could set the stage for restricted use of this agricultural tool.

It is currently seeking public input on these measures, and there are concerns by some that non-farming interests may outweigh farmer opinion. That is why KAP strongly urges our members to comment before December 12.

“We strongly support the use of sound scientific evidence in the regulation of all crop protection products,” said KAP president Doug Chorney.

Read the Manitoba Co-operator article on the issue
(http://www.manitobacooperator.ca/2013/09/18/changes-coming-to-insecticide-treatment/)

Read Health Canada’s Notice of Intent (opportunity for comment)
(http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/cps-spc/pest/part/consultations/_noi2013-01/noi2013-01-eng.php)

Read industry concerns (opportunity for participation) (http://beecounted.ca/)

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