Canadian industry seeks broader approach to bee problem

November 15, 2013

From: Food Chemical News

The Canadian industry association, CropLife Canada, has urged the government to broaden its examination of the challenges affecting bee populations beyond neonicotinoid insecticides. Despite widespread international agreement that bee health is impacted by a combination of factors, the Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) continues to focus exclusively on the role of neonicotinoids in one specific Canadian region, the industry body points out, Agrow reports.

The PMRA recently decided to place additional restrictions on neonicotinoid seed treatments following an investigation into bee deaths in the corn-growing areas of Ontario and Quebec in 2012. Further reports of bee deaths in corn- and soybean-growing regions of Ontario, Quebec and Manitoba led the Agency to conclude that agricultural practices related to the use of neonicotinoid-treated corn and soybean seed were “not sustainable.”

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