Economy, Environment, Health, Internet, Science and Technology

Neonicotinoids: spreading into ecosystems

Toxic chemical targets insects, but found in birds Hunters in Ontario suspected something was wrong.  In recent years, there seemed to be fewer of the wild turkeys they usually hunt. They suspected the birds were feeding on crop seeds coated» 

Environment, International, Society

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

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,» 

Economy, Environment, Health, International, Internet, Science and Technology

Toxic pesticide traces in honey

Honey is one of nature’s oldest natural sweeteners. However scientists have discovered that this natural product now has something very unnatural in it, toxic neonicotinoid pesticides. The neonicotinoid group of chemicals are the most common class of pesticide in world-wide» 

Economy, Environment, Internet, Science and Technology

Robust field study confirms neonic toxicity and bees.

Many studies have linked a relatively new insecticide group, neonicotinoids, which were developed in the 1980’s and 90’s, to a marked increase in bee deaths and hive mortality. Neonicotinoids are neurotoxins, and unlike other chemical insecticides which are on the» 

Economy, Environment, International, Internet, Science and Technology, Society

First bee listed as “endangered” across North America

The rusty-patched bumble bee was once a common summer sight throughout the mid and eastern US states and well into southern Ontario and Quebec. It was a very important wild pollinator of crops, flowers, and fruit trees. By the start» 

Environment, Society

Plans to phase-out a pesticide harmful to ecosystems

The Canadian government is considering banning one of the widely-used neonicotinoid pesticides saying it is collecting in waterways and harming aquatic insects. Neonicontinoid pesticides, also known as neonics, have been restricted in some jurisdictions because of the risk they pose» 

Economy, Environment, Internet, Science and Technology, Politics

Government sued over pesticide use: neonics and bee deaths

A class of pesticides known as neonicotinoids has been blamed for what beekeepers claim is a “catastrophic” loss of pollinators. Now, four Canadian environmental groups have filed lawsuits against the federal government over the issuing of permits for pesticide use containing» 

Environment, International, Internet, Science and Technology, Society

Low levels of pesticides affect bees’ foraging

A new Canadian study found that low levels of pesticides can impact bumblebees’ foraging behaviour and that could impair the essential pollination services they provide to crops and wild plants. The study from the University of Guelph in Ontario was» 

Economy, Environment, International, Internet, Science and Technology

Kerfuffle at Ontario government and stakeholder meeting on neonicotinoids

On December 18th an important discussion meeting was held between government ministries and various stakeholders to discuss the Ontario government’s plan to restrict use of the contentious insecticides known as neonicotinoids which have been linked to mass bee die-offs. Ann Slater» 

Economy, Environment, International, Internet, Science and Technology

Massive bee loss in Ontario

Highest documented loss in Ontario  The latest report from Canada’s beekeepers shows overwinter losses in Ontario this year were the highest in Canada at 58% A typical winter loss in Canada is around 15%.  Paul Kozak, provincial apiarist for the»