Ontario will become the first North American jurisdiction to reduce the number of acres planted with neonicotinoid-coated corn and soybean seeds, an action that has been in the making since 2014. The new rules will be implemented on July 1st and curb the acreage planted with such seeds by 80 percent by 2017.
The new regulations specify that farmers will only be allowed to use the seeds on up to 50 percent of their corn and soybean fields.
The Canadian Environment and Climate Change Minister Glen Murray specified that the government must take “necessary action to protect these vitally important species and the ecosystems they support from the effects of neurotoxic neonicotinoids.”
“Farmers are environmental stewards of their land and this regulation will enable our province’s farmers to strengthen their approach to protecting their crops,” Agricultural Minister Jeff Leal said in a statement Tuesday.
Environment and Climate Change Minister Glen Murray said the government must take “necessary action to protect these vitally important species and the ecosystems they support from the effects of neurotoxic neonicotinoids.”
“Our bees continue to die from the overuse of neonicotinoids,” said Tibor Szabo, president of the Ontario Beekeepers’ Association. “We hope Ontario farmers will now take it on themselves to go beyond 50 per cent reduction and only use neonicotinoids when there’s a real need to control pests.”