Not ap­proved in Canada

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hav­ing a knee-jerk re­ac­tion or if they have other in­for­ma­tion,” com­mented Ap­ple pro­ducer Chris Rawl­ings of the Heath Or­chard.

“I think the agri­cul­tural con­ver­sa­tion of prime im­por­tance right now is the use of neon­i­coti­noids and their ef­fects on bees be­cause those neg­a­tive ef­fects have been sci­en­tif­i­cally doc­u­mented. On­tario is now con­sid­er­ing re­duced us­age leg­is­la­tion. About four years ago there was a change in the ap­ple spray­ing reg­u­la­tions and I had to stop us­ing a kind of spray. At the time, the agronome rec­om­mended that I re­place it with a spray that I dis­cov­ered was ac­tu­ally a neon­i­coti­noid, so it’s prob­lem­atic,” added Mr. Rawl­ings. The use of neon­i­coti­noids in agri­cul­ture has been linked to Colony Col­lapse in bee pop­u­la­tions.

The grow­ing of GM ap­ples has not yet been ap­proved in Canada.

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