Unfortunately, there are no Hazzzmat suits to protect the millions of bees and other pollinating insects we depend on to produce 40% of our food.
Health Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) conditionally licensed the bee-killing neonicotinoids a decade ago. Back then, PMRA said (and has since repeated several times) the pesticide companies would be "required" to provide studies on the toxicity of neonicotinoids to bees. A decade has passed and those studies have still NOT been done (see media release).
Sierra Club Canada Foundation needs your help to get these pesticides banned in Canada -- like the European Union did over a year ago.
We're doing all the right things. Over 10,000 people have submitted comments to Health Canada. We testified to the Senate and contributed to Ontario Bee Health Working Group. We filed a legal objection to re-licensing of the deadly neonicotinoids.
Yet the government has decided to do nothing till 2018 -- that's four more deadly years. Scientists are calling it a second Silent Spring.
If we want to #SaveTheBees and prevent another Silent Spring, we must mount an unprecedented program to educate and motivate the public.
It will be an uphill battle as most politicians are in the pockets of the pesticide industry -- look no further than the newest appointment at CropLife (see media release).
Sierra Club Canada Foundation has exhausted all the funds we raised in 2013 for our bee campaign work. Your individual donation enabled us to make neonicotinoid pesticides an issue. We couldn't have done it without you and the first step has been a great success.
To achieve our ultimate goal of banning the bee-killing pesticides, however, we need you again.
Please make a small donation today. The bees need us more than ever before.