Neonics ‘do not harm’ bees: So says Health Canada’s first of three reports

January 14, 2016

From: Farmers Forum

By Tom Collins

OTTAWA — One of the most commonly-used neonics for seed treatments has no potential risk on honeybees, says a joint consultation study between Health Canada, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and California’s environmental agency.

All three of the most common neonics — imidacloprid, thiamethoxam and clothianidin — are used in corn and soybean seeds and are being re-evaluated by Health Canada’s the Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA). Health Canada began studying neonics in 2012 and its Jan. 6 report looked at imidacloprid specifically. Reports on the other two neonics will be released later this year.

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