Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Neonicotinoid Kills Bees

Having been notified by the Sierra Club's Save The Bees campaign, and further informed by Health Canada's Notice of Intent (which did solicit feedback), I sent the following to the Pest Management Regulatory Agency.


Notice of Intent, NOI2013-01, Action to Protect Bees from Exposure to Neonicotinoid Pesticides


Your posted reaction:

- Requiring the use of safer dust-reducing seed flow lubricants;
- Requiring adherence to safer seed planting practices;
- Requiring new pesticide and seed package labels with enhanced warnings; and,
- Requiring updated value information be provided to support the continued need for neonicotinoid treatment on up to 100% of the corn seed and 50% of the soybean seed.

To your posted observation:

"Approximately 70% of the affected dead bee samples tested positive for residues of neonicotinoid insecticides used to treat corn seeds while neonicotinoids were only detected in unaffected bees in one sample at very low levels."

Seems to me to be shockingly inadequate.

After review of the evidence at hand, I conclude that neonicotinoids are a serious threat to pollinators and therefore food supply and the economy.

I vote for a total ban on neonicotinoid pesticide use in Canada until evidence of techniques for its safe use can be provided.

The current strategy of continuing neonicotinoid pesticide use while implementing trial countermeasures represents an unjustifiable risk to pollinators, food supply and economy.

Michael Holtstrom

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