Recent surveys show neonicotinoids have been detected in Alberta water bodies, though their risk of impacting aquatic invertebrates is considered low.
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Low neonic levels found in Alta. water bodies

Survey data comes as the Pest Management Regulatory Agency studies the possibility of banning neonic use in Canada

Recent surveys show neonicotinoids have been detected in Alberta water bodies, though their risk of impacting aquatic invertebrates is considered low. The data, shared by Alberta Agriculture during FarmTech on Jan. 29, found neonics ranged in concentrations of 2.5 nanograms per litre to 125.9 nanograms per litre at 61 of the 102 sample sites in […] Read more

Neonicotinoids may still have a future in Canada, and that is important to Western Canadian canola and wheat growers.  |  Michael Raine photo

Health Canada may be softening neonic stance: CropLife

Neonicotinoids may still have a future in Canada. Health Canada scientists have been studying water monitoring data, from across the country, and the Pest Management Regulatory Agency may not ban all agricultural uses of neonics, a spokesperson for CropLife Canada says. “I’m optimistic we will retain some uses,” said Maria Trainer, CropLife managing director, science […] Read more

The canola council has been collecting water data from canola-growing areas of Western Canada to provide PMRA with an understanding of how much neonic residue is washing out of prairie fields and into streams, rivers and lakes. That effort has been ongoing for more than a year, including this growing season.
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Neonic ban must wait for more data: canola council

After going through the neonicotinoid-banning decision, the canola industry has discovered a number of disturbing elements: The Pest Management Regulatory Agency doesn’t appear to be using direct evidence; The comment period ends before 2018 water monitoring data can be collected and analyzed; The PMRA is applying an aggressive risk avoidance approach that is not shared […] Read more


Mayflies are among the aquatic insects that the Pest Management Regulatory Agency says it is protecting by proposing to ban all outdoor use of neonicotinoids in Canada.  |  John Gavloski photo

Neonic threshold called ‘overly conservative’

Bayer questions PMRA’s decision to set safe levels at 1.5 parts per trillion in its ban proposal; it’s 50 p.p.t. in the U.S.

If the highway speed limit in Canada was 15 km-h, it’s likely that the number of speeding tickets would increase. In the same vein, Health Canada has selected a low number it deems to be an acceptable amount of neonicotinoid insecticides in water bodies. For clothianidin, a Bayer insecticide, Health Canada scientists decided the acceptable […] Read more

Ontario farmers, such as this soybean grower near Sweaburg, have already got a taste of what it’s like to have their neonicotinoid use restricted.  |  File photo

Proposed neonic ban frustrates Ontario farmers

Province imposed restrictions in 2013-14, requiring independent agronomists to write ‘prescriptions’ for neonic use

Ontario farmers are frustrated that they haven’t been given enough of a chance to prove they can safely use neonicotinoids. They think the best management practices adopted a few years ago have eliminated most of the threat from former application methods for the crucial insecticides. “We dealt with that,” said Barry Senft, chief executive officer […] Read more


European governments faced significant public pressure to ban neonicotinoids because of concerns over the effects on bees, such as this demonstration in front of the European Parliament in Brussels in 2013.  |  REUTERS/Eric Vidal photo

European neonic ban cut canola yields: study

Yield losses ranged from less than one percent to more than 20 percent, depending on the degree of insect pressure

The European Union’s ban on neonicotinoids has been a costly, environmentally dubious and regressive mistake, argues a study conducted for the EU’s farming and agriculture industries. The author also voices the same perplexity with the EU regulators’ resistance to comparative studies that many Canadian farmers and agriculture people are now expressing about Health Canada’s Pest […] Read more

Landen Stronks and other Alberta beekeepers are worried about what happens if and when neonicotinoids are phased out. | File photo

Beekeepers worry about foliar sprays if neonics banned

Beekeepers should be thrilled that Health Canada is banning the use of neonicotinoids because the insecticides have been linked to bee deaths and pollinator decline. Landen Stronks, a beekeeper from Iron Springs, Alta., is definitely not thrilled. Stronks and other Alberta beekeepers are worried about what happens if and when neonicotinoids are phased out. “We […] Read more

The phasing out of neonicotinoid seed treatments in Canada may cause problems for the country's canola growers when dealing with flea beetles, but alternatives pesticides could fill the gap. | Canola Council of Canada photo

Neonicotinoid phase-out reduces canola flea beetle control tools

Winnipeg – The phasing out of neonicotinoid seed treatments in Canada may cause problems for the country’s canola growers when dealing with flea beetles, but alternatives pesticides could fill the gap. Health Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) is proposing that two neonicotinoid pesticides, clothianidin and thiamethoxam, be phased out over the next three to […] Read more


Neonicotinoids are under fire because of concerns they may be threatening bee populations.  |  File photo

Costco takes stand on insecticides

Costco is saying no to neonics. The grocery store chain, with more than 600 stores in the United States and Canada, said in May that it wants producers of fruits, vegetables and garden plants to stop using neonicotinoids, a class of insecticides commonly known as neonics. “Suppliers are encouraged to phase out the use of […] Read more

The fate of two neonicotinoid seed treatments, applied to almost all of the canola and corn seeds in Canada and a portion of the soybean seeds, will be decided this summer.
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Decision looming for neonics

Health Canada agency will rule this summer on fate of chemicals based on the threat to aquatic insects

The fate of two neonicotinoid seed treatments, applied to almost all of the canola and corn seeds in Canada and a portion of the soybean seeds, will be decided this summer. For the last 18 months Health Canada has been studying neonicotinoid insecticides and assessing the risk to aquatic insects. The two products are clothianidin, […] Read more