In a month where we could really use some good news, we found it: Canada is this close to a full-on ban of imidacloprid, one of the most widely used bee-killing pesticides in the world.
A risk assessment report by Health Canada found considerable risks associated with continued use of imidacloprid, and proposed phasing out the neonicotinoid in 3-5 years.
We know that this pesticide is deadly to bees and the industry’s own studies show that it’s at least partly responsible for the epidemic of colony collapse across North America and the world.
The Canadian government is going to make its final decision on a complete ban soon — and already, Bayer, the agro-chemical giant who invented the bee-killing poison, has promised to fight back.
Banning this dangerous pesticide now is a major step in saving the bees globally — and we need to make sure voices of reason drown out voices of the corporate lobby.
Our global campaign to save the bees is working. The EU ban on bee-killing neonics is entering its fourth year. And the French government recently announced it’s going to completely ban neonics.
Meanwhile, in Canada, two major Canadian cities have already voted to ban neonicotinoids, the largest Canadian province, Ontario, has banned 3 neonics, and the province of Quebec is considering stricter regulations.
A Canada-wide ban has never been on the table before. We need to seize this opportunity while we can.
If you sign the petition now, we’ll deliver your signatures directly to Health Minister Jane Philpott, who has promised to make a “science-based decision.” We intend to hold her to that promise — particularly given the pesticide industry’s plans to fight back.
Thanks for all that you do,
Liz, Emma, Angus, and the rest of the SumOfUs team
P.S. As a result of its findings, Health Canada has also started special reviews of two other neonics—clothiandin and thiamethoxam — and the reviews are expected to be released soon. Our pressure could help set the path for those reviews too. If enough of us get behind this, we could literally save the bees in Canada for good.
Health Canada proposes ban of bee-killing neonicotinoid pesticide, CBC, 23 November 2016
Health Canada plans to phase out controversial pesticide, The Globe and Mail, 23 November 2016