Canada province highlights neonicotinoid risks
The Minister of Agriculture for the Canadian province of Quebec is seeking to raise awareness over the risks posed by neonicotinoid insecticides to bees. "The use of neonicotinoid-treated seeds is not inconsequential," Pierre Paradis says. "I am particularly concerned about increased mortality of bee colonies, which is due primarily to exposure to these pesticides," he adds. The Minister urges producers to learn about appropriate pest control techniques in order to make informed decisions. If the presence of insect pests justifies the use of seed treatments, the Ministry offers finance to help modify application equipment to reduce the amount of dust from treated seed, thereby lowering the exposure of pollinators to insecticides.