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Pesticide Vendor Rant | Cosmetic Pesticide Ban Ontario

Well I’ve been working a lot at this time of year and I started this site up to blow off some steam but over the last 2 weeks I haven’t been able to write a post or review a few beers. I have now been put back to a sane work pace of less than 60 hours a week and I will be posting a bunch on Wednesday.

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The problem of forming agricultural polices on Internet trends

Industry and government must adjust to new findings, but policies should not 
be based on the latest Internet trend

By Cam Dahl
Published: January 25, 2016

What does “science based” mean? For both government policy and industry best practice, science based should mean that practices are based on rigorous scientific studies. Policies and regulations that veer off the science-based path put at risk the tools that make modern agriculture possible. So do production practices that do not rigorously follow scientifically developed guidelines.

But scientific review can sometimes be messy. Scientific consensus can shift and the “right” answer can change over time as new information becomes available. New research can disprove past points of view that were once thought to be valid.

What does this mean for policy-makers and the development of industry best management practices? Practically, this means that both industry and government must be willing to adjust practices and policies when new evidence comes to light.

New evidence
For example, frequent summerfallow was once the common practice on the North American prairies. This practice has adjusted as new research and agriculture tools became available. The willingness of farmers to adapt has benefited the environment and improved economic returns.

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Re-evaluation Note REV2015-11, Special Review of Atrazine: Proposed Decision for Consultation – Health Canada Regulatory 

By Health Canada

The Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) invites the public to submit written comments on the Special Review of atrazine: Proposed Decision for Consultation. Re-evaluation Note REV2015-11 is a consultation document.

The PMRA will consider the comments received before making a final decision on Special Review of atrazine.

How to Get Involved

This consultation is open for comment from 15 December 2015 to 29 January 2016 (45 calendar days). Open the “Consultation Summary” link below to access the document.

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Scientists find no evidence glyphosate causes cancer – The Western Producer

A panel of epidemiologists and toxicologists says the World Health Organization is wrong about glyphosate.

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A new threat to bees? Entomopathogenic nematodes used in biological pest control cause rapid mortality in Bombus terrestris [PeerJ]