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|Mitigating Exposure and Risk to Insect Pollinators|
Mitigation measures can be an integral component of regulatory decisions, as they are used to balance the benefits of a pesticide with the risks that it may pose. Therefore, where it is identified that pesticide use may pose a potential risk to pollinators, mitigation options typically focus on the need to remove or reduce the potential for exposure to the pesticide.
Those who play a role in developing and implementing risk mitigation include regulatory agencies, agrochemical producers, distributors, field advisors, beekeepers and pesticide users, including growers and applicators. For risk mitigation to be effective, it must not only be well designed to address the target route of exposure, it must also be clearly articulated (for example, on the pesticide label or through training programs) so that it is equally and consistently understood and enforced.
With respect to bees and other insect pollinators, avoiding risk often means reducing the co-occurrence of the pesticide at a foraging source in bloom. Mitigating exposure and risk to an acceptable level can involve one or more of many variables associated with the nature of the pesticide product that is being considered, such as:
Depending upon the nature of the risk, the exposure route, severity, or the frequency of exposure and risk that is expected, mitigating risk may include considerations that are beyond the nature of the pesticide product and consider the practices of the applicator, such as:
When determining the appropriate level of risk mitigation, regulatory authorities must also consider the different means by which mitigation measures are communicated or conveyed to the pesticide user and can include label mitigation, non-label mitigation, and education programs including training, and/or stewardship efforts.
|Non-label mitigation||Education and Training|