Health Canada’s Regulatory Agency Looking Into Neonicotinoids
By lucas@endneoliberalism On 25 Sep, 2013 At 06:20 PM | Categorized As Bees, Neoliberal Alert | With 0 Comments

In a Notice of Intent, the Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) tells the Canadian public that they are looking to implement protective measures for corn and soybean production.

The federal government is finally acknowledging reports from the corn growing regions where “approximately 70% of the affected dead bee samples tested positive for residues of neonicotinoid insecticides used to treat corn seeds”. The PMRA concluded that “the majority of pollinator mortalities were a result of exposure to neonicotinoid insecticides, likely through exposure to contaminated dust generated during the planting of treated corn seed”.

An e-mail that End Neoliberalism received from the Ontario Beekeper’s Association says that the PMRA “suggested a number of protective measures, but not a ban as yet”. Canadians should contact the PMRA and tell the government their concerns. The use of neonicotinoid pesticides poses an unacceptable likelihood of serious harm to honey bees and native pollinators. People should also tell the PMRA how concerned they are about toxic build up in water and soil. More specifically, people should “Tell them you want these toxic chemicals removed from use before the 2014 planting season”, says the OBA.

Contact the PMRA at for comments. You will need to provide your name, phone number and email address along with your comments.

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