For more than a decade, populations of honey bees and other key pollinators have been declining. (John Minchillo/AP Photo/May 27, 2015)

Ban neonic pesticides, protect bees as did EU, urge groups

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The European Union has banned all outdoor uses of neonicotinoid pesticides to protect bees, and Canada should do the same, argue several Canadian environmental groups. Scientific studies have long linked the use of these chemicals to the decline of honeybees, wild bees and other insects that pollinate plants including our food crops.

Meanwhile, Canada has proposed to phase out one in the class of neonicotinoids, imidacloprid, but not until 2021 at the earliest. Two others in the class are subject to only minor restrictions.

Bees pollinate flowers and plants that people depend on for food.

‘Protect pollinators and biodiversity,’ urge groups

Neonicotinoids are the most widely-used class of insecticides in Canada and the world “which has led to ubiquitous environmental contamination,” says a group news release. It calls on the government of Canada to “follow the EU’s lead with comprehensive and swift action on all neonics to protect pollinators and biodiversity.”

The joint release is signed by the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment, Canadian Environmental Law Association, David Suzuki Foundation, Equiterre and Environmental Defence.

Honey samples from around the world have been found to be contaminated with neonicotinoids.

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2 comments on “Ban neonic pesticides, protect bees as did EU, urge groups
  1. ursula wagner says:

    Hundreds of thousends protesting over several years couldn`t be ignored any longer,although the decision was very short, only 16 of 28 countries voted for it.
    Bee- and insect killer Bayer and Syngenta went before the European Court of Justice, not accepting this decision.
    Even farmer think it doesn`t go without, although other neonicotinoids are still allowed, as the forbidden ones indoors.
    May be they should ask organic farmers how to do.

    So the fight might not be over. We still have to forbid Glyhosat, what might be difficult, especially since Merkel promissed last year on a farmer organisation that she will support them in allowing them to use Glyphosat.

  2. Peter Ashcroft says:

    What alternatives are we likely to switch to, and have they also got detrimental factors?