OFA Publishes Response to Government of Ontario's Pollinator Health Proposal

Bees in a honeycombThe Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA) has published its full comment on the Ontario government’s pollinator health proposal — a proposal that singles out neonicotinoid seed treatments of corn and soybean crops as a key factor in pollinator health risks.

OFA’s response includes four key points, including: the need for and content of a pollinator health strategy; perspective on the economics of neonicotinoid use; practical concerns with the regulation of neonicotinoid treated seed; and includes workable recommendations on improving pollinator health while developing a practical approach to neonicotinoid use.

OFA’s board member Bruce Buttar writes, “Ontario must find a realistic balance in a pollinator health strategy that considers all health stressors (to bees) and recognizes the economic reality of neonicotinoid seed treatment use. The OFA has recommended several actions to protect pollinator health and work towards the viable reduction in neonicotinoid use by Ontario farmers.”

For the OFA’s full response, click here.

Comments regarding the government’s proposed regulatory changes can be made by any citizen or group. Comments must be received by January 25th. Follow this link for more or to submit comments.

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