Farmers protest outside of MPP Matthews' office
Members of Grain Farmers of Ontario protest outside of Deb Matthews' office in London Ont, on Friday May 29, 2015.
Farmers upset with Ontario’s proposed new limitations on some pesticides are outside of MPP Deb Matthews’ office this morning in London.
As of 10:00 a.m. members of Grain Farmers of Ontario will be outside Matthews’ office protesting the governments proposed limitations to the use of neonicotinoids.
The pesticide has been cited as being harmful to bees.
On Thursday the Vice Chair of the International Task Force on Systemic Pesticides was in Toronto praising the government’s plan. However, in a statement the Grain Farmers say that the limitations will “devastate corn and soybean growers across Ontario.”
Chair Mark Brock says, “The government has put us on a path where we are forced to fight for the life of farming here in Ontario.”
The protest outside of Matthews’ office will run until noon and coincides with a protest outside of MPP Jeff Leal’s office in Peterborough.
Grain Farmers of Ontario represents more than 28,000 of Ontario’s corn, soybean, and wheat farmers.