30 Nov '16, 2pm

Canada Moves to Ban Bee-Killing Pesticide and We Should Too

Canada Moves to Ban Bee-Killing Pesticide and We Should Too

You may have missed it while you were putting the finishing touches on your green bean casserole, but last Wednesday, Health Canada—the Canadian government department with responsibility for that country's public health—issued a report proposing to ban almost all uses of the controversial neonicotinoid pesticide (or “neonic”) imidacloprid. Of course, we know all about imidacloprid in the U.S. The highly bee-toxic pesticide is one of the oldest neonics on the market and is also one of the most heavily used in the country, making it a threat to bees from coast to coast. In fact, in the early part of this year, the EPA released its own “preliminary pollinator assessment ” of the pesticide, finding it present in the pollen and nectar of citrus and cotton plants at levels expected to cause harm to bee hives. A Canadian bumblebee enjoying some well-earned pollen. Photo by Rrburk...

Full article: https://www.nrdc.org/experts/daniel-raichel/canada-moves-...

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