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Canadian beekeepers divided on neonic cuts

Canadian beekeepers are divided on ways to address potential risks to bees from neonicotinoid insecticide seed treatments. The Canadian Honey Council (CHC), which represents 8,000 beekeepers, has reached agreement with the Canadian Seed Trade Association (CSTA), to target a combined 24% reduction in pesticide use on maize and soybean seed by 2016. However, the Ontario Beekeepers Association (OBA) questions the move and supports a recent proposal by the Ontario government to seek an 80% reduction in the area planted with neonicotinoid insecticide-treated maize and soybeans by 2017.

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