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By Amber Hildebrandt Published: CBC News Posted, Sept. 13, 2013
The federal government is trying to quell growing worries about pesticide dust killing millions of bees by introducing changes for crop farmers, but some beekeepers call it a “Band-Aid” solution.
Health Canada’s agency responsible for pesticide regulation on Friday released a list of actions it plans to take next spring to try to mitigate troubling losses at apiaries from insecticides used at nearby farms.
Among the planned measures are forcing corn and soybean farmers to follow certain seed-planting practices, improving labels on pesticide and seed packages and requiring seeds to have “dust-reducing” lubricants.
“We have concluded that current agricultural practices related to the use of neonicotinoid treated corn and soybean seed are not sustainable,” a press release from Health Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency states.
Ontario beekeeper Dave Schuit, who lost millions of bees and more than half of his 2,000 hives, said the planned measures are not enough and called for an outright ban of the pesticide.