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Canada to restrict neonicotinoid seed treatments

The Canadian Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) is to place additional restrictions on the use of neonicotinoid insecticides to protect bees and other pollinators. An investigation into bee deaths in the maize-growing areas of Ontario and Quebec in spring 2012 implicated dust from seed treated with the neonicotinoid insecticides, clothianidin and/or thiamethoxam (Agrow No 666, p 17). Following further reports of bee deaths in maize- and soybean-growing regions of Ontario, Quebec and Manitoba this year, the PMRA concludes that agricultural practices related to the use of neonicotinoid-treated maize and soybean seed are "not sustainable".


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