Stop the Farmer Guilt: Pesticides Play an Important Role in Food Production

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Opinion

Despite efforts to explain pesticides’ role in modern agriculture, confusion still reigns supreme in the eyes of the public. And no wonder. Pesticides get blamed for a lot of things; most recently, for wiping out bees. That accusation caught the Province of Ontario’s attention last summer and fall, when wildly fluctuating accounts of bee mortality – and the causes behind it — made headlines. The province responded by creating a 33-member working group, representing the apiary sector, research institutions, grain growers, agri-business and government, to try to get to the bottom of it all and identify approaches to better bee…

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