The Ontario government has moved to limit the use of neonicotinoid pesticides amid  growing evidence that the substances are responsible for drastic reductions in bee populations in the province.

The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs laid out a three-point initiative Tuesday that it says will ensure “healthy ecosystems” and a “productive agricultural sector” while reversing the downward trend of pollinator numbers.

The strategy includes

  • An 80 per cent reduction in acreage planted with neonicotinoid-treated corn and soybean seed by 2017.
  • Limiting the number of honey bees that die during winter by 15 per cent by 2020.
  • Developing a “comprehensive” action plan for pollinator health.

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