Judges Reserve Decision in GFO's Appeal Over Seed Treatment Regulations


About 200 farmers filled a Toronto courthouse Wednesday to show their support for Grain Farmers of Ontario’s case against the provincial government’s seed treatment regulations.

The panel of judges reserved their decision on GFO’s request for appeal on the dismissal of the case.

On Oct. 23, 2015, the Ontario Superior Court denied GFO’s request for a stay and interpretation on the province’s new seed treatment rules, which limit the use of neonicotinoid-treated corn and soybean seed. The group submitted an appeal to the Ontario Court of Appeal regarding the dismissal of its main request, which was heard Wednesday.

“We appreciate that the court is taking the time to consider the significance of this issue,” said Mark Brock, Chair of Grain Farmers of Ontario, in a statement following the hearing. “We are pleased with today’s outcome and look forward to the decision.”

Five buses brought farmers from across the province to the hearing.

Brock says GFO will share further details as soon as they become available.

Related: Neonic Battle Returns to Court March 9

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