Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Leaked report on neonicitinoids

Associated Press says a leaked report indicates neonicitinoid pesticides may not harm honeybees.

The report says it depends on the crop  being treated and some other factors.

It appears to be most dangerous to honeybees when used on cotton and citrus crops, but not always when used on corn, soybeans, berries and tobacco.

Both the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the Canada’s Pest Management Review Agency are scheduled to release reports today.

The U.S. report, says Associated Press, will neither recommend a ban nor give neonicitinoids a green light for continued widespread use.

Ontario’s grain farmers are strongly opposed to restrictions the province has imposed, requiring farmers to prove their fields are infested before they can use the insect-curbing seed treatment.