Government agency admits pesticides behind bee deaths, but still refuses to take action
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
OTTAWA - The decision by the Pest Management Regulation Agency (PMRA) to let another year go by without acting on bee killing pesticides -- even after admitting its actions to date have been inadequate -- is unacceptable, says Sierra Club Canada.
The PMRA posted a notice on its website September 12th admitted: "current agricultural practices related to the use of neonicotinoid treated corn and soybean seed are affecting the environment due to their impacts on bees and other pollinators."
Instead of taking the next logical (and moral) step of immediately removing these pesticides from the market, PMRA has responded with a 90-day comment period. This delay tactic will ensure next year's crop of corn and soybean will also be treated with same bee-killing neonicotinoid pesticides, and countless millions more bees and pollinators will be unnecessarily killed.
"Seed distributors will be coating seeds for next spring almost as soon as they are harvested -- long before the 90-day comment period ends," said John Bennett, Executive Director of Sierra Club Canada. "There is no excuse for allowing another year of bee carnage."
Sierra Club Canada is urging Canadians to email
the PMRA and demand action today. Waiting another one or two more years to act is unacceptable and only benefits the pesticide manufacturers.
"The government acknowledges bee killing pesticides are a problem and has recently admitted its stop-gap measures are inadequate, yet it fails to do the right thing and immediately ban the use of neonicotinoid pesticides." said Mr. Bennett. “We continue to be deeply dismayed by this government’s treatment of Canada’s environment and the species that inhabit it.”
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