Nov 25, 2014
By Michael Kramer
Some hope for Ontario bees.
The provincial government plans to significantly cut-back the use of a controversial pesticide – linked to honeybee deaths.
The aim is to reduce the number of acres that are planted with neonicotinoid-treated corn and soybean seed – by 80 per cent by the year 2017.
There’s also a promise to establish a Pollinator Health Action Plan.
The bee mortality rate was 28.6 per cent in 2012-13.
Upon approval, the new rules on the use of neonicotinoids will take effect by July 1, 2015.
The governing Liberals say they will ask for input from the industry, researchers and individuals – in consultations held over the next two months.