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CURBING NEONIC USE FAR FROM EASY

Last year, government officials in Ontario, Canada, passed a law aimed at protecting bees by reducing the use of neonicotinoid-coated seeds by 80 percent. Under the law, farmers cannot use neonicotinoid-coated seeds unless they are truly needed to protect the crop. The problem? Need is difficult to define – Ontario is requiring farmers dig holes in the ground and bait pests to see if they’re present – and the government isn’t following up to see if farmers are actually finding pests. That means that up to 85 percent of seed corn sold in Ontario this year still had neonic seed treatment on it. (NPR’s The Salt)

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