The newly-minted provincial agriculture minister for Ontario, Jeff Leal, has not changed policy or regulation on neonicotinoid seed treatments. Let’s get that out of the way right now. Will the government soon step in, requiring more paper work, perhaps a licensing systems and more monitoring or rules around the use of neonics on corn and soybean? I’d put my money on that, yes. So while a recent news story in the Globe and Mail entitled “Pesticide Linked to Bee Deaths to be Restricted in Ontario” isn’t necessarily inaccurate, the minister’s office assures us that there’s no actual decided-upon changes to…

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