Farm Groups Want Voice In Regulation

A past president of the Canadian Seed Growers Association and Chatham-Kent farmer says the province should consult industry and scientific sources before any move to put more limits on insecticides in an effort to protect bees.

Steve Denys says alternatives to neonicitinoids type insecticides have issues of their own.

“Discussion going forward becomes one of consultation with the industry and primarily with farmer led organizations to talk about how the products are being used and what other precautions need to be taken,” he says. “Without these products farmers would have to rely on alternative tools in terms of controlling insects in their crops that are far less conducive to environmental safety.”

Denys says there have been issues the last few years because a change in some planter designs, but farm groups are working to overcome that.