NFU in Ontario submits comments on Provincial Neonicotinoid Use Proposal
PDF Version January 23, 2015 Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, Policy Division Food Safety and Environmental Policy Branch1 Stone Road West, Floor 2 Guelph Ontario N1G 4Y2 Read more
Walking Out on the Commons
On Thursday December 18th I was given the honour of representing the NFU at the Ontario Pollinator Health Plan’s Agricultural Stakeholders meeting. Unlike the other scheduled meetings, three in-person and the two online, this one was specifically for farmers and the agricultural industry. Read more
Protecting Ontario’s Pollinators – Who Walked Away from the Discussion, Who Stayed?
A Report on the December 18 Agricultural Stakeholder Meetingby Ann Slater, National Farmers Union Vice President (Policy) On December 18, 2014 the National Farmers Union sent two representatives to the Agricultural Stakeholder Engagement meeting on the Ontario government's Pollinator Health proposal. The purpose of the meeting, according to representatives from the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs and the Ministry of the Environment, was to provide an opportunity for farmers and farm organizations to provide input around the key components of the proposed regulation to restrict the use of neonicotinoid-treated corn and soybean seed in Ontario. The day opened with introductory remarks from Hon. Jeff Leal, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. He reiterated the government's commitment to regulate the use of neonicotinoid-treated seed. Read more
Key Points for Public Consultation on Pollinator Health
On November 25, 2014 the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) and the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change jointly released Pollinator Health: A Proposal for Enhancing Pollinator Health and Reducing the Use of Neonicotinoid Pesticides in Ontario. Comments on the proposal can be submitted up until January 25, 2015. Read more
NFU Applauds Ontario Government’s Application of Precautionary Principle to Neonicotinoid Use
<strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</spanNOVEMBER 26, 2014, Saskatoon, SK - </strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</spanThe National Farmers Union welcomes the Ontario government's announcement earlier this week that it is going to take concrete actions to protect pollinators, including limiting the use of neonicotinoid seed treatments in corn and soybeans. After investigating bee mortalities in corn and soybean growing regions of Ontario in 2012 and 2013 the Pesticide Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) "concluded that current agricultural practices related to the use of neonicotinoid treated corn and soybean seed are not sustainable." The NFU says that despite coming to the conclusion that the current use of treated corn and soybean should not continue, PMRA decided to continue to act in the interest of the manufacturers and marketers of neonicotinoid seed treatment with only a few small changes including requiring farmers use a Bayer CropScience product as a lubricant when planting treated seed.</d Read more
NFU Submission on Flupyradifurone
November 3, 2014Pesticide Management Regulatory Agency Publications SectionPesticide Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA)Health Canada2720 Riverside DriveOttawa, ONK1A 0K9 Address Locator: 6604-E2 email: To the Pesticide Management Regulatory Agency: <strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</spanRe</strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</span<strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</span:</strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</span<strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</span Proposed Registration Decision PRD2014 – 20, Flupyradifurone</strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</span The National Farmers Union (NFU) welcomes this opportunity to comment on the proposed registration of Flupyradifurone. From the information provided by PMRA in relation to this consultation, we note that Flupyradifurone is similar to the neonicotinoid class of insectici Read more
Environmental Commissioner’s Annual Report Highlights Key Issues for Agricultural Sector says NFU-O
(DENFIELD, ON, October 10, 2014 ) – The NFU-O is delighted that the Annual Report released this week from Gord Miller the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario has a focus on the agricultural sector. “The report highlights key issues that the NFU-O has been working to address for a number of years, and I am pleased that these recommendations are viewed as priorities,” said Karen Eatwell NFU-O President/Region 3 Coordinator.The NFU-O backs the Commissioner’s call to build on and actively promote integrated pest management to discourage the blanket use of broad-scale prophylactic pesticides. Miller has put forth a recommendation that both the Ministry of Agriculture and Food and the Ministry of the Environment undertake monitoring to determine “the prevalence and effects of neonicotinoids in soil, waterways and wild plants.” Read more
Neonicotinoid Licensing System Encouraging, says NFU-O
(<strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</spanJULY 9, 2014, </strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</spanDENFIELD, ON) – The National Farmers Union in Ontario welcomes Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, Hon. Jeff Leal’s recent announcement that Ontario intends to bring in measures to move away from the widespread, prophylactic use of neonicotinoid-based pesticidesin agriculture. The introduction of a licensing system by the spring 2015 season for the use ofseed treated with neonicotinoids will be a first step. A process requiring farmers and other commercial growers to apply for permits if they want to use neonicotinoid-treated seed should lead to decreased use of the insecticide on Ontario’s farmland. “We are pleased to see such quick action on a key election promise,” said Karen Eatwell, NFU Region 3 Coordinator/NFU-O President. Read more
NFU calls for moratorium on neonicotinoid seed treatments
<strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</spanNFU calls on Senate Committee to recommend five-year moratorium on neonicotinoid seed treatments</strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</span <strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</span(May 1, 2014, Ottawa)</strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</span – Today the National Farmers Union (NFU) appeared before the Senate Standing Committee on Agriculture and Forestry to provide Senators with the organization’s analysis and recommendations regarding the use of neonicotinoid seed treatments on field crops in Canada. The Senate Committee is currently studying the importance of bees and bee health in the production of honey, food and seed in Canada. “It has been little more than a decade since the product was introduced and already neonicotinoids are being used across Canada at an unprecedented scale, resulting in significant harm to bees and likely to wild pollinators and natural ecosystems as well,” said Ann Slater, NFU Vice-President, Policy. Read more
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