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Canada plans protective measures, consultation covering neonicotinoid use on corn, soybeans

10:52 AM MDT | September 19, 2013 | Francinia Protti-Alvarez

Health Canada's Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA; Ottawa) has determined that current agricultural practices related to the use of neonicotinoid-treated corn and soybean seeds are hurting the environment due to their harmful effects on bees and other pollinators. PMRA intends, for the 2014 planting season, to implement additional protective measures for corn and soybean production, requiring the use of safer dust-reducing seed-flow lubricants; adherence to safer seed-planting practices; new pesticide and seed package labels with enhanced warnings; and...

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