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Big step forward on agricultural pesticides in Quebec

CAPE / Randall McQuaker, Kim Perrotta / 07 March 2018

On February 19th, the Quebec Minister for Sustainable Development announced a new law for pesticides which represents a huge leap forward for provincial laws in Canada. It includes a ban on five pesticides that are commonly used in the agricultural sector – three neonicotinoid pesticides (neonics), atrazine and chlorpyrifos. Neonics are harmful to bees and many other living organisms in the ecosystem, chlorpyrifos was recently named a “toxicant” to children’s development by the State of California, and atrazine has been banned in Europe for more than a decade.


Canada fails to protect bees

RT / 21 December 2017

Environmental groups in Canada have lashed out at the government, saying it has failed to protect bees. Ottawa has proposed limiting the use of bee-killing insecticides, but environmentalists want them completely banned.

On Tuesday, Health Canada’s pest control body issued a report on a group of pesticides, called neonicotinoids, giving the green light to their further use before making final decisions in March 2018.

The move riled conservation activists, who are calling on the government to follow the lead taken by other countries and introduce an all-out ban on the chemicals. Also known as neonics, they are applied in a wide range of areas, including agriculture, forestry and flea treatment for pets.


U.S. beekeepers lost 40 percent of bees in 2014-15

Science Daily / 13 May 2015

Bee loss 2014-15Beekeepers across the United States lost more than 40 percent of their honey bee colonies during the year spanning April 2014 to April 2015, according to the latest results of an annual nationwide survey. While winter loss rates improved slightly compared to last year, summer losses–and consequently, total annual losses–were more severe. Commercial beekeepers were hit particularly hard by the high rate of summer losses, which outstripped winter losses for the first time in five years, stoking concerns over the long-term trend of poor health in honey bee colonies.


Industry still wrestling over neonic pesticides

Eastern Ontario Agrinews / June 2014 – Vol. 38, No. 6

Neonicotinoid-treated seeds are going into Ontario farmland again this spring.

While researchers may be building an increasingly strong case against ‘neonic’-coated seed as a chronic honeybee killer, there’s no consensus here yet on the adoption of a European-style ban.

The Grain Farmers of Ontario remains dead-set against the idea, diplomatically calling the notion “inappropriate” in a May 24 press release. The GFO predicts a ban would cut farmers’ corn and soybean revenues by $600-million negatively affect Ontario’s GDP by $400-million.

The GFO also points to measures its members are undertaking in cooperation with the Ontario Bee Health Working Group. That includes this year’s new mandatory use of a seeder fluency agent intended to reduce neonic dust emissions from planting equipment.

But the National Farmers Union says it’s time for a five-year moratorium on a neonics.


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