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Listen carefully to what the EU is saying Lenny!  Promoting an Alarmistic Scenario. You would make Perfect Council Material at the Tax Payers, Businesses and Farmers Expense.  Stick to something you are well versed at, please.  Ontario Bee Keepers Association are Radical Extremists.

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Ontario county bans controversial pesticide as bee health debate continues

Neonicotinoids are a class of pesticides used to coat corn, soybean and canola seeds. The pesticides have been widely used since 2004 and were developed to replace older aerial sprays such as agent orange.

The rural county, nestled in the heart of Ontario’s agricultural heartland, wants the federal and provincial government to “declare a moratorium surrounding the use of neonicotinoid crop treatments, as soon as possible, pending further study.”

The motion also requires letters be sent to several federal and provincial ministers – including the prime minister, Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz, and Health Minister Rona Ambrose – outlining the county’s position.

The European Union has already imposed a two-year moratorium on the controversial insecticides. Despite calls for similar action from beekeepers and environmentalists, Canadian officials have refused to follow suit.

Research has linked the highly toxic neonicotinoids to mass bee deaths. They are also found to linger in water and do not break down easily in the soil.

In September, Health Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) – responsible for regulating pesticides in Canada – discovered neonicotinoid contaminated dust had caused severe bee mortality in Ontario and Quebec. A final report is expected in 2015.

South of the border, new research from Harvard University’s School of Public Health confirms what beekeepers have been claiming for years: the insecticides are killing millions of bees.

Researchers found the slightest exposure to neonicotinoids would cause a colony to collapse and die. The pesticides, the study said, also impede a bee’s ability to survive the winter.

Farmers, though, insist the insecticides are crucial to agriculture production. Neonicotinoids, they argue, help boost crop yields and are essential to modern agriculture.

Even if farmers wanted to purchase neonicotinoid-free seeds, though, they’re not readily available. An estimated 92 to 95 per cent of planted corn acres in Canada and the United States are coated in neonicotinoids.

That lack of options did not go unaddressed by county officials. “We urge seed companies to make adequate supplies [of non-treated seed] available,” the motion reads.

Farmers, meanwhile, are encouraged to “order seed not treated with insecticide for the 2015 growing season.”

Prince Edward County is one of the highest producing agriculture regions in Ontario. A hub for dairy, poultry and hog production, the region is famous for its major cheese festival and local wines.

Scientists estimate one-third of all plants and plant products eaten by humans depend on bee pollination.


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Sometimes Council works for the public interest! Amazing!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Un-bee-lievable! A great Council meeting tonight means Prince Edward County as far as I know, is the first municipality in Canada to a) Ban neonicotinoid insecticide use on all municipal property and b) Call on Province and Feds to enact a moratorium on their use. Strong action and a principled stance from a Council that obviously cares about our diverse agricultural future and the health of our community. So proud to have been part of the group that pushed for this to happen! Which municipality is next…!? Kate MacNaughton Marc Keelan-Bishop Gavin North Alec Lunn Christine Renaud #nfu #beekeepers #peoplepower Ontario Beekeepers' Association A Bee County for Canada

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo: Un-bee-lievable! A great Council meeting tonight means  Prince Edward County as far as I know, is the first municipality in Canada to a) Ban neonicotinoid insecticide use on all municipal property and b) Call on Province and Feds to enact a moratorium on their use. Strong action and a principled stance from a Council that obviously cares about our diverse agricultural future and the health of our community. So proud to have been part of the group that pushed for this to happen! Which municipality is next...!? Kate MacNaughton Marc Keelan-Bishop Gavin North Alec Lunn Christine Renaud #nfu #beekeepers  #peoplepower Ontario Beekeepers' Association A Bee County for Canada

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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