Two webex meetings and two in-person public consultation meetings took place in Ontario this week. At issue is the proposed increased regulation of neonicotinoid seed treatments for corn and soybean crops.
Real Agriculture’s Bernard Tobin attended the London meeting on Tuesday (you can hear a recap of the event here), and spoke with Steve Klose, of Ontario’s Ministry of Environment and Climate Change, and Sharon Bailey, with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs.
In the interview below, you’ll hear Bailey and Klose’s comments on which industry is leading this public consultation process and eventual regulation, how the ministries justify the 80% acreage reduction goal, and, perhaps most importantly, their comments on how flexible this proposal is and how the process may or may not shape the eventual regulations.
Klose and Bailey also commented that the draft regulation will be available by spring of 2015, and there will be a timeframe then for more comments on the regulations and their implementation.
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