Canada should ban bee-killing neonics in 2018!

‘Tis the season for New Year’s resolutions. Our suggestion for Canada’s health minister: Ban neonics in 2018!

The health minister and Health Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency are responsible for federal pesticide regulation. Several reviews are underway examining risks from neonicotinoid insecticides (“neonics”), with decisions expected in 2018.

Neonics target insects’ central nervous systems. They are toxic even at low doses, water-soluble and persistent. Their extensive, routine application in agriculture is causing large-scale environmental contamination.

The Task Force on Systemic Pesticides — a team of independent scientists convened by the International Union for Conservation of Nature — assessed the science on neonics in two comprehensive reviews of peer-reviewed studies (published in 2015 and 2017).

Their conclusion: Neonics harm honeybees and many other species, including aquatic insects at the base of the food chain, earthworms and common birds. They are a major, worldwide threat to biodiversity and ecosystems.

That’s why the EU stopped using the three main neonics on crops bees rely on in 2013 and is now considering more bans. France is phasing out all neonics, starting in September 2018.

What is Canada waiting for?

Health Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency has already proposed to phase out most uses of one neonic, imidacloprid — but not until 2021 at the earliest! We need to pick up the pace and ban all neonics now.

Please send a New Year’s message to Canada’s Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor. Ask her to ban all neonics in 2018.

This is a joint campaign with Équiterre.

 

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IN 2017, 72,030 SUPPORTERS SIGNED THE PETITION TO CANADA'S HEALTH MINISTER ASKING HER TO BAN NEONICS. LET'S KEEP THE MOMENTUM BUILDING!

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