Not approved in Canada
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.