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News bulletin: No shortage of beehives to pollinate our crops

 

RAY DUC
CHAIR, OFVGA

There is a problem, there isn’t a problem. This is the problem, that is the problem. I have read and heard these words in regards to bee health so many times it leads me to believe one thing: we don’t know what the problem is or if there is one.

Bees have a direct role in more than one third of our diet — that’s a lot of food. Without bees our diet would be far less nutritious. The livelihood of thousands of farmers depends on the health of bee populations in Canada. The importance of bee health cannot be overstated and must be monitored. Millions of bees are moved across Canada every year to pollinate apples, blueberries and more than a hundred different fruits and vegetables. The work of bees is integral to horticulture in Canada. 

There have been so many studies and media reports on bee health that it has become impossible to keep up with the latest “facts and figures.” If you have tried, you will have noticed that the majority of these reports is indicating that the bee population is in huge decline and that we are on the verge of a major crisis in our food supply. 

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Connecticut Pesticide Ban Failure | Law preventing repairs on athletic fields in North Stonington – WFSB 3 Connecticut

Law preventing repairs on athletic fields in North Stonington

Posted: Nov 10, 2014 5:04 PM EST

via Law preventing repairs on athletic fields in North Stonington – WFSB 3 Connecticut.

How Organic Municipalities Do It | Bob Ceccolini | Cheshire Connecticut

Lots of taxpayers money and a lot of summer students to help replace the fields yearly.

Town of Cheshire Minutes 2014

December 2013: 

Mr. Ceccolini reported that he, Town Manager Milone, and Dan Marsaglia (BOE) met 
with the DEEP about pesticide and organic use by municipalities. A state-wide 
program will be undertaken, and at this time, Cheshire is the only town that is almost totally organic in use. For K-8 schools, no pesticides can be used – only synthetic products are allowed. Cheshire’s Parks and Rec Department has been doing heavy organic use since 2006, and the State looks to Cheshire for assistance and information on the town’s organic program.  Here:

April 2014:

Mr. Ceccolini said the grounds are quite wet and people are doing their best to try and stay off the wet areas. The Lacrosse teams were practicing out in the parking lot yesterday. Mr. Ceccolini said all the teams were able to use the turf field and share it.

May 2014:

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David Suzuki Approved Non Toxic ?? | Incident Reports 2014 | Ontario Permitted “White Listed” Pesticides |Pesticide Product Information – Health Canada

Incident Report NO. 2014-4213
Date Received – Registrant 2014-08-18
Date Received by PMRA 2014-09-25
Incident Type Human
Incident Severity Minor
Active Ingredient IRON (PRESENT AS FEHEDTA)
Product Name SCOTTS® ECOSENSE WEED-B-GON® READY-TO-USE WEED CONTROL
Province CANADA
Incident Report Incident Report
   
Incident Report NO. 2014-4211
Date Received – Registrant 2014-08-06
Date Received by PMRA 2014-09-25
Incident Type Human
Incident Severity Minor
Active Ingredient IRON (PRESENT AS FEHEDTA)
Product Name SCOTTS ECOSENSE WEED-B-GON READY-TO-USE WEED CONTROL
Province CANADA
Incident Report Incident Report
Incident Report NO. 2014-3505
Date Received – Registrant 2014-07-10
Date Received by PMRA 2014-08-29
Incident Type Human
Incident Severity Minor
Active Ingredient ACETIC ACID
Product Name SCOTTS ECOSENSE PATHCLEAR GRASS & WEED CONTROL SPRAY WITH QUICK CONNECT SPRAYER
Province CANADA
Incident Report

Incident Report

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