Canadian farmers call for dialogue on neonics
Farmers in the Canadian province of Ontario have urged the government to abandon its goal of an 80% reduction in neonicotinoid insecticide use by 2017. It calls for a return to a dialogue with the agriculture industry to collaborate on "real solutions" that protect pollinators and the environment. The cut in neonicotinoid use was set as an "aspirational target" by the government in a discussion paper issued last November for a Pollinator Health Action Plan to be developed over a 12-month period. In its response to the proposals, Grain Farmers of Ontario calls on the government to conduct a thorough cost/benefit analysis before proceeding with the approach outlined in the discussion paper.