Ministry of Environment has Agriculture in the Crosshairs, Says Grain Farmers of Ontario

The Grain Farmers of Ontario are speaking up about concerns they have regarding the reach of Ontario’s ministry of environment.

It’s no secret that GFO disagrees with the province’s proposed regulations regarding the use of neonicotinoid corn and soybean seed treatments — regulations the producer group says equate to a de facto ban on the crop protection products.

But recent comments by Glen Murray, Ontario’s ministry of environment and climate change, has GFO asking what conventional agriculture process or product is next on the chopping block.

Kathleen Wynne’s environment minister is using bee health as nothing more than a cover for a much broader platform, says GFO, as evidenced by a recent quote by Murray at an Organic Council of Ontario meeting. Murray was quoted as saying “this new Class 12 category  (created for neonic-treated corn and soy seeds) is intended to deal with the family of neonicotinoids, and as it grows we can actually quickly move other (pesticides) in there.”

GFO also contends Murray “plans to go after other pesticide use, and promotes organic farming as one way to reduce climate change.

GFO’s chair Mark Brock spoke with RealAgriculture editor Lyndsey Smith about concerns the producer group has about the minister of environment’s reach, the lack of agricultural input into current regulations and the future of agriculture in Ontario.

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2 thoughts on “Ministry of Environment has Agriculture in the Crosshairs, Says Grain Farmers of Ontario

  1. It’s not so much that the MOE has agriculture in it’s crosshairs, but rather, our farm organizations and representatives have faithfully rubber-stamped legislation for so long that this Liberal Government simply can’t envision anything remotely resembling real protest coming from this quarter.

    Want to get things changed? Seriously? Then get on your tractors and plug up Queen’s Park for as long as it takes.

    No, eh? I didn’t think so….

    1. Agreed Jamie. Ontario’s agricultural community has missed many opportunities to stand hard and fast against assaults from its Liberal overlords. The Greenbelt Act, the Clean Water Act, the Endangered Species Act, the Planning Act, etc. have all been assaults on rural liberties and property rights. However, after selling out to government with the Farm Registration and Farm Organizations Funding Act back in 1993, supply management over 40 years ago, and various subsidies received through the Green Energy Act, risk management programs, tax benefits, and an endless litany of dependencies, the modern Ontario farm dog is are all whimper and no bite – and politicians and bureaucrats all know it.

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