May 20 was the U.N-FAO World Bee Day. The agency says bees are vital for human food creation but they are under threat from a variety of human activities. Beekeepers say neonics are a major reason for high numbers of deaths of their domestic colonies. Experts say the same thing must be happening to wild polinators (iStock)

Some neonic pesticides banned, others restricted to protect bees

Canada’s health department has decided to cancel the use of some neonicotinoid pesticides and to change the conditions of use for others in order to protect bees and other pollinators. It says remaining uses such as treatment on canola seeds and greenhouse vegetables “are not expected to pose unacceptable risks to bees and other pollinators.”

Neonics have been found in water at levels that could be harmful to aquatic organisms. (iStock)

Policy to take effect over 2-3 years

Cancellations and restrictions will be implemented over a two-to-three-year period. The department says it will continue to evaluate the risks to aquatic insects posed by the use of neonicotinoids. It adds that research shows the pesticides are frequently detected in water bodies at levels that could be harmful to certain aquatic organisms. It plans to report on this at the end of 2019.

In April 2018, a doctors’ group and several environmental groups called on Canada to put a complete ban on the outdoor use of neonicotinoids as the European Union has done.

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