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Proposed Phase out of Clothianidin and Thiamethoxan

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What you need to know

In collaboration with Croplife Canada and the Canadian Grains Council, UFA is participating in advocacy efforts to stop the proposed phase out of Clothianidin and Thiamethoxan by the Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA).

United Farmers of Alberta Co-operative Ltd. supports the important role the Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) plays in protecting human health and the environment and maintaining confidence among our customers here in Canada and abroad that our food is safe.

Clothianidin and Thiamethoxan are critical to growers. This class of insecticide transformed the way growers manage pest pressures. By allowing for targeted application, neonics have reduced pesticide use, improved environmental health and supported beneficial insects.

Phasing out Clothianidin and Thiamethoxam along with Imidacloprid would mean that Canadian growers across the country of everything from cereals, oilseeds, pulses, soy, fruits, vegetables, nursery trees, and greenhouse products would lose their safest and most effective tools.

The PMRA’s proposed phase-out of Clothianidin and Thiamethoxan is not supported by any real-world monitoring evidence of the aquatic invertebrates or any evidence that their use has caused harm to bird, fish, or wildlife populations.

These chemistries are much too important to Canadian growers to make decisions in the absence of real-life monitoring information.

We encourage you to have your voice heard should this proposed decision impact your farming operation. Complete the following form and email it to PMRA.publications@hc-sc.gc.ca by the deadline of November 13, 2018.