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Neonics Still Approved

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By Fadi Didi

Beekeepers Association says Pesticide manufacturers are getting an early Christmas present.


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The Ontario Beekeepers Association says Pesticide manufacturers are getting an early Christmas present from Health Canada.

Health Canada's Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) opted to continue registration of two widely-used neonicotinoids, stating that the current risk to bees from seed application of Clothianidin and Thiamethoxam on corn and soy is acceptable.

The decision flies in the face of scientific evidence showing acute and chronic effects on bees

OBA President Jim Coneybeare says Ontario beekeepers are suffering declining honey production, higher queen losses and continued unacceptable winter and spring losses.

He says in Ontario they are still seeing dead or dying, twitching bees in front of our hives.

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Canadians can look forward to a $25 Loblaw's gift card in response to George Weston Ltd. and Loblaw Companies Ltd.'s admission to participating in an industry-wide bread price-fixing arrangement.

Officials with the National Farmers Union are not impressed.

They say for years, we have been paying too much for their bread.

Many farmers have complained about getting $6 for a bushel of wheat, which makes approximately 42 loves of bread that sell for $2 or $3 each.

The National Farmers Union has been critical of the direction our food system, claiming with three major players in Ontario's grocery retail market, both farmers and eaters are dominated by corporate interests.


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