May 18, 2024

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    The bee-keeper associations in Quebec and Ontario now operate as anti-pesticide and environmental-terrorist organizations, under the direction of Sierra Club, Environmental Defence, and others.  The actions of these bee-keepers are despicable and destructive, since they demand reckless and arbitrary prohibition against neonicotinoid insecticides.  If they are successful, the consequences will be catastrophic for the agriculture industry and the golf industry.  Any prohibition against pest control products is not necessary.  Here are the facts.  Between April and June 2012, Health Canada received a small number of reports of bee losses from across southern Ontario, involving a mere 40 bee-keepers, as well as 1 report from Quebec.  At present there are 2,900 bee-keepers in Ontario, therefore, the affected bee-keepers represent less than 1.5 per cent of all bee-keepers in Ontario.  The information evaluated to date suggests that insecticides used on treated corn seeds contributed to many of the bee losses.  Health Canada has issued a document entitled reducing risk from treated seeds which recommends Best Management Practices for corn growers.  This document is archived on The Pesticide Truths Web-Site.   This Health Canada document outlined measures to reduce risk to pollinators from exposure to dust generated during planting of insecticide treated seed.  The focus of this document was specifically on one group of insecticides called nitro-guanidine, and not all insecticides.  The Best Management Practices are considered to be a toolbox of options to help reduce risk to pollinators, recognizing that not all practices may be possible under all circumstances.  The Pesticide Industry has been committed to actively promote these Best Management Practices within the agricultural community and to play a leadership role in expanding communication channels among pesticide applicators, growers, and bee-keepers.  The purpose of enhanced communications is to raise awareness of all relevant parties in a given area of treated seed planting, so that timely and meaningful collaboration can occur.  Additionally, in 2013, Health Canada will assess how well the Best Management Practices are working.  This will include responding to any reported bee mortality incidents that are suspected to be related to planting of treated seed.  Overall, there is no evidence to suggest a link between insecticides called neonicotinoids and bee deaths, or bee colony collapse disorder.  Overall, neonicotinoid insecticides do not harm bees.  It is far more likely that bee-keepers themselves are harming bees, and not neonicotinoid insecticides.  When used properly by growers, with Best Management Practices, neonicotinoid insecticides cause no harm, and do not hurt bees.  For more information regarding BEES, go to The Pesticide Truths Web-Site  …   WILLIAM H. GATHERCOLE AND NORAH G   

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