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Canada to phase out crop chemicals linked to bee deaths
by Rod Nickel
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15 August 2018
On 15 August 2018 Reuters reported:
The Canadian government said on Wednesday (15 August) it would move to restrict use of two types of crop chemicals that have been linked to deaths of aquatic insects and bees, in a victory for environmentalists and the latest setback for companies that sell the pesticides. Health Canada's Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) said it would phase out, over three to five years, the outdoor use of thiamethoxam, made by Syngenta AG, and clothianidin, produced by Bayer AG.
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A review found the chemicals at levels in water bodies high enough to harm aquatic insects that are food for fish and birds.
The widely used chemicals protect corn, soybean, and canola crops from insect damage.
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