Canola industry concerned about PMRA’s proposed decision to phase out valuable technology for Canada’s canola farmers

August 15, 2018 – Today, the Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) released proposed decisions to phase out the outdoor use of clothianidin and thiamethoxam, two important products used by canola growers to prevent damage caused by flea beetles. 

“Sustainable production and science-based decisions about risk are the foundation of our industry,” says Brian Innes, vice president of public affairs for the Canola Council of Canada. “Today’s announcement is concerning because these products are very important for our growers, and without viable alternatives, the ban will significantly impact the canola sector.”

The canola industry continues to support PMRA’s science-based decision-making process. The canola industry relies on continued investment in agricultural innovation, which is facilitated by predictable and science-based regulatory approval processes.

The proposed decisions are of concern for the canola industry as a ban will reduce yield and increase the risks faced by growers. A study published in 2017 based on European growers’ experience without these products showed that growers faced an increased risk of insect damage, had lower yields and, as a result, seeded less canola. With more than 22 million acres of canola in Canada in 2018, banning these plant protection tools would have a dramatic impact.

These products have been responsibly used by canola producers as a seed treatment to control pests as part of their integrated pest management programs. Today’s decision is not related to bees. PMRA earlier determined that clothianidin and thiamethoxam do not pose a risk to pollinators, including honey bees, when used as a seed treatment on canola.

The Canola Council of Canada will thoroughly review today’s proposed decisions on clothianidin and thiamethoxam and will continue to actively contribute to the review process.

The Canola Council of Canada is a full value chain organization representing canola growers, processors, life science companies and exporters. Keep it Coming 2025 is the strategic plan to ensure the canola industry’s continued growth, demand, stability and success – achieving 52 bushels per acre to meet global market demand of 26 million metric tonnes by the year 2025. 

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