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Beekeeper groups don’t support Ontario beekeepers on pesticide lawsuit

ALBERTA — Ontario beekeepers are getting flack from their own because of their lawsuit against two pesticide companies.

One of Canada’s national beekeeper organizations, representing 7,000 apiculturists across Canada, says there are better ways than a lawsuit to solve the problem of pesticide-treated soybean and corn seeds killing honeybees.

Canadian Honey Council chair Gerry McKee said that "accusations of blame" do not welcome innovative solutions and the council’s position is that beekeepers need to work with others to ensure optimum bee health.

"The Canadian Honey Council views pesticide exposure, both internally and externally as an extremely important bee health issue," said McKee by email.  "By working co-operatively with governments, agricultural producers, agri-chemical companies, equipment manufactures and beekeepers, significant improvements have been made that have mitigated exposure risks to honeybees. 

"Accusations of blame do not provide an environment that welcomes new and innovative solutions and as such we will continue to work together with all parties to ensure optimum bee health, and at the same time, uphold our responsibility to beekeepers all across Canada to represent their interest in a respectful manner."

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Anti Pesticide Lunatics | Revenue Canada Targets Birdwatchers For Political Activity | KWFN Conservation Page

A small group of nature lovers in southern Ontario enjoy spending weekends watching birds and other wildlife, but lately they're the ones under watch — by the Canada Revenue Agency.


The Kitchener-Waterloo Field Naturalists, a registered charity, is apparently at risk of breaking tax agency rules that limit so-called political or partisan activities.


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UK | House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee | National Pollinator Strategy: Government Response to the Committee’s Second Report of Session 2014–15

The 2013 decision to ban three neonicotinoid pesticides, introduced in Europe against the wishes of the Government, was the right approach given the requirements of the precautionary principle. The Government continues to interpret that principle as encompassing economic as well as environmental considerations. We do not agree.  However, if the Government insists on doing so, it should follow its own argument by being able to clearly demonstrate not just the impact of neonicotinoids on pollinators,  but also the benefits or otherwise of using them on crop yields and the possible cost of reduced pollination services.

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