In what can be regarded as a major move to strike a balance between the economic progress of the region and environmental concerns, the government of Quebec has imposed a ban on five common pesticides that allegedly may have a detrimental consequence on human health and regional biodiversity.
Sources reveal that out of the five pesticides that would be debarred, three of them belong to the neonicotinoids family, which according to recent reports has been associated with the drastic decline of the bee colonies. The five pesticides comprise Atrazine, Chlorpyrifos, and three neonicotinoids (imidacloprid, thiamethoxam, and clothianidin)
The announcements were made at the honey factory in Chateau Richer, near Quebec City, where Isabelle Melançon, Quebec’s environment minister, called the purchase of the five banned pesticides to be only allowed if a certified agronomist deems it absolutely necessary for use.
According to News Montreal, William Van Tassel, the vice president of the Quebec Grain Producers, was quoted stating that the new measures will have a subsequent impact on the production costs of crops and may even mean an overall yield reduction of over 5%. He further claims that the pesticides ban will not be uniform across the globe, in turn leading the region to witness lower yields at higher prices. As per the estimates provided, this decline in productivity would amount to tens of millions of dollars annually.
According to some industry experts, the imposition of tighter regulations would not only challenge the regional grain producers but would also have a significant impact on the regional hydrazine hydrate market. For the record, hydrazine hydrate is extensively used in the production of several pesticides, insecticides, and fungicides which are used to control pests. However, the ruling out of the most commonly used pesticides may also pose as a major barrier in the otherwise flourishing hydrazine hydrate industry, say analysts.