Plan Bee — Ontario to restrict Neonics

By Lisa Gue, Researcher and Analyst, (from

“Ontario’s Pollinator Health proposal has created quite a buzz. The government is proposing regulations to prohibit the use of neonicotinoid-treated corn and soybean seeds, except under certain conditions. The intent is to reduce these uses by 80 per cent by 2017.

Neonicotinoid insecticides (neonics) are highly toxic to bees and have wide-ranging effects on other organisms, including impaired memory, lower reproduction rates and increased susceptibility to disease. Ontario’s move is good news for the birds and bees, and for the rest of us whose food supply depends on pollinators….”

“Ontario’s regulatory proposal to curb neonics is the first of its kind in North America, although Europe introduced a similar ban in 2013. Canada’s federal pesticide regulator, Health Canada’s Pest Control Management Agency (PMRA), is conducting a protracted re-evaluation of its risk assessment for neonics and has yet to take any meaningful action to restrict these pesticides. With the federal regulator stalling and bees dying, Ontario has rightly moved to Plan Bee. Precautionary action to prevent neonics from contaminating the environment is necessary and timely.

The Pollinator Health proposal is posted on the Ontario Environmental Bill of Rights Registry for public comment until January 25, 2014. Download thediscussion paper and submit your comment here….”

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