No more stalling - save the bees!
OTTAWA -- Health Canada’s plan to wait until 2018 before taking action to protect declining honey bee populations is an unacceptable response to a crisis. The loss of pollinators threatens 30% of Canada’s food supply. Sierra Club Canada has provided Health Minister Rona Ambrose and Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz with 20 scientific studies linking neonicotinoid pesticides with the declining bee populations. The science is already persuasive enough to convince the European Union to impose a ban on neonicotinoids.
“We found 20 studies in a few hours on the internet. Why is Health Canada stalling until 2018?” said John Bennett, Executive Director of Sierra Club Canada.
The studies, published between 2007 and 2013, collected data in Britain, Japan, France, Italy, Netherlands, Slovenia, Canada and United States. All of the studies all point to neonicotinoids as a cause of the decline in bee populations. The pesticides have been found not only in the bees that were sampled, but also in plantar exhaust material produced during the planting of treated corn seed, as well as in neighboring vegetation and in ground water supply. Many of the studies conclude pesticides have a considerable negative impact on pollinator populations across the globe.
“There is no need to wait any longer. There is plenty of evidence linking neonicotinoid with killing bees in Canada and in Europe. The time to take precautionary action is before the disaster,” said John Bennett, Executive Director.
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