Terri Yamada | Ontario IPM Scam | 2014 IPM Public Meeting Does Not Draw Participants | Pheasant Run Golf Course

Today marked our third Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Public Meeting. These meetings are mandated by law in the province of Ontario through the Ontario Cosmetic Pesticide Ban of 2009. The IPM program entails passing an IPM exam, maintaining continuing education credits, weekly pest scouting and the production of an Annual IPM report. Below is the 2013 Annual Report for Pheasant Run Golf Club;

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Neonicotinoids and the health of Honey Bees in Australia | NZ Beekeepers Forum

  1. This report from the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority was released last week. In my opinion it is a very well considered and comprehensive document, very relevant and comparable to our own situation, and one you should read if you intend to maintain a well informed view about the subject. Here are some excerpts that summarise what it is about.

    "The report:
    •summarises information about honeybee health in Australia and overseas, including the wide range of threats to bees (including bee pests and diseases)
    •provides information about what the neonicotinoids are and how they are used
    •considers their likely risks to insect pollinators in Australia, on a crop-by-crop basis
    •considers their risks in relation to other pesticides
    •provides a list of information sources for growers and beekeepers about pollinator protection.

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Activist Group | Ontario Beekeepers’ Association | Explaining Bee Death with GREENPEACE Propaganda

GreenPeace Research Laboratories 

April 16, 2014

This study reports concentrations of pesticides found in pollen brought back to hives by foraging bees, and sampled using pollen traps (trapped pollen) or direct from the comb (comb pollen, beebread). Twenty-five samples of comb pollen stored over winter from the 2012 foraging season were obtained from locations in seven European countries, and subsequently 107 samples of trapped pollen from the 2013 foraging season were obtained from locations in 12 European countries and analysed at an accredited laboratory. In terms of the geographical areas covered, and the numbers of samples taken simultaneously, this is one of the most extensive studies of pesticides in bee-collected pollen carried out to date.

Residues of at least one of 53 pesticides (including 22 insecticides/acaricides, 29 fungicides and two herbicides) were identified in 72 of the 107 trapped pollen samples, while residues of at least one of 17 pesticides (including nine insecticides/acaricides and eight fungicides) were identified in 17 of the 25 samples of comb pollen (beebread).

The results indicate the widespread use of the insecticides chlorpyrifos (in 18 samples) and thiacloprid (14 samples), as well as the fungicide boscalid (14 samples), which were the most commonly detected residues in trapped pollen samples. The results also indicate that a wide variety of plant protection products, particularly fungicides, were present in

the trapped pollen, with a maximum of 17 different residues (three insecticides/acaricides and 14 fungicides) detected in a sample from Italy. Overall, the results reported here are broadly consistent with other studies of trapped pollen and bee products, in which a wide variety of pesticides were also commonly detected. This study sheds further light on the potentially serious toxic exposures suffered by honey bees at an individual and colony level throughout their lifecycle, and raises significant questions about likely exposures of wild bee populations and other wild pollinators to chemicals through various pathways. These exposures have either been ignored or have been underestimated in past and current discussions of bee health and pollinator protection measures.

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