On July 1, 2015, new regulatory requirements for the sale and
use of neonicotinoid-treated seeds in Ontario will start to come
into effect, to protect bird and bee health. Ontario wants to reduce the number of acres
planted with neonicotinoid-treated corn and soybean seed by 80 per
cent by 2017 and to ensure that these seeds are used only when
there is a demonstrated pest problem. Reducing neonicotinoid use in
these two crops presents the greatest opportunity to decrease
pollinator exposure to the neurotoxic insecticide.
Neonic pesticides are highly toxic to honey bees and other
beneficial insects. In addition, neonicotinoid pesticides are
persistent, meaning they do not break down quickly in soil. They
are water soluble and have the potential to easily run off into
local watercourses where they can potentially harm aquatic insects.
Neonicotinoid insecticides also make plants potentially harmful to
the beneficial insects feeding on them.
requires farmers to take training on integrated pest
establishes methods that farmers can use to assess whether pest
problems require the use of neonicotinoid-treated seeds
sets out requirements for the sale and use of
neonicotinoid-treated seeds, and
tracks the sale of neonicotinoid-treated seeds.
From August 31, 2015 to August 30, 2016
For the 2016 planting season, farmers who want to buy and plant
neonicotinoid-treated seeds on more than 50 per cent of their corn
or soybean crop, will need to complete a pest assessment report and
provide it to the sales representative or seed vendor from which
they purchased the seeds.
Starting August 31, 2016
For the 2017 planting season, farmers who want to buy and use
any amount of neonicotinoid-treated seeds will be required to
Proof of certification of integrated pest management
A written declaration that integrated pest management
principles were considered, and
A pest assessment report.
Ontario beekeepers strongly support the new
regulations, as do many environmental organizations. Many
grain farmers have been opposed.
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