Government Urged To Give Neo Nic Research More Time

Some words of caution from a Farm & Food Care spokesman on proposed neo-nic treated seed restrictions.

Les Nichols chairs Farm & Food Care’s Environment Council.

He says more research is needed before there’s a reliable way for farmers to be able to accurately determine which fields need treated seeds and which ones don’t.

He also points out that if an insect problem develops, growers could end up having to use chemicals with a potentially greater impact on the environment.

Nichols is encouraging the government to give researchers and experts time to establish benchmarks and recommendations for changes and actions based on science and data collected here in Canada.

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Les Nichols says the problem right now is that not enough research is available to accurately determine which fields need treated seeds and which ones may not.

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Nichols warns restricting the use of neo-nic treated seeds could open the door to even more serious environmental problems.

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Nichols says while he agrees not every field in Ontario needs neo-nic treated seeds, there’s currently no sure way to determine which ones do and which ones don’t.