Health Canada could do a better job wording their statements to the public.
(PMRA)has confirmed the link between neonicotinoids on corn and soy and bee kills in Ontario and Quebec in both 2012 and 2013.
From a very small percentage of Bee Keepers who possibly poisoned their own bees to possibly receive compensations for their failing businesses.
Have you ever Heard of Day Owen and the Pitchfork Rebellion in Oregon? Same story, he's one of the only ones with elevated levels of 2,4-D in his system at testing. Could he have drank the 2,4-D to prove his Ficticious Story?
These Bee Keeper Imbeciles and Environmental Activists will manipulate any statement made in their favor to support their Constant Complaint Disorder. Get some real facts if you want to blame Pesticides. All that work creating a ficticious story and now the scientists have a new culprit, a virus. [Tobacco Ring Spot]
I hope these beekeepers like Tibor Szabo and Dan Davidson step down from Ontario BeeKeepers Association once this is over, what an embarassment to the industry they are. They are greatly misinformed and desperately greedy basterds!
Listen to Walter Zimmerman of the OBA tell Dan Davidson hes got Constant Complaining Disorder
Dan Davidson OBA Responds :
The European Commission has adopted a proposal to restrict the use of three pesticides belonging to the nenicotinoid family (clothianidin, imidacloprid and thiametoxam) for a period of two years.
The Commission's action was in response to the European Food Safety Authority's (EFSA) scientific report , which identified "high acute risks" for bees as regards exposure to dust in several crops such as corn, cereals and sunflowers, to residues in pollen and nectar in crops like oilseed rape and sunflower and to guttation in corn.
Based on currently available data, the EPA's scientific conclusions are similar to those expressed in the EFSA report with regard to the potential for acute effects and uncertainty about chronic risk. However, the EFSA report does not address risk management, which, under U.S. federal law, is a key component of the EPA's pesticide regulatory scheme.
Ontario BeeKeepers Assocation
KEY DISCUSSION POINTS FOR MPP MEETINGS OR CANDIDATE DEBATES
1. Neonicotinoid pesticides are what’s killing our bees: Health Canada via the Pesticide
Management Regulating Agency (PMRA)has confirmed the link between neonicotinoids
on corn and soy and bee kills in Ontario and Quebec in both 2012 and 2013.
2. Science supports this contention: Europe reviewed over 100 scientific papers before
deciding to ban these pesticides. Since then over a dozen papers have been published
from Europe, the UK , the U.S. and Canada identifying the negative impacts of
neonicotinoid exposure on honey bees, wild bees, bumble bees, butterflies and birds.
3. Beekeepers cannot escape the problem: Ontario has a unique problem. Over 4.2
million acres of corn and soybean are grown in the province. There is no way to avoid
exposure to these pesticides.
4. Pesticides are being used indiscriminately: 100% of Ontario’s corn and 65% of soy
acreage is treated with neonicotinoid pesticide whether the crops need it or not. Using a
pesticide as a preventative breaks every rule of Integrated Pest Management (IPM).
5. Best Management Practices are not the solution: dust is not the problem. BMPs
focus on the dust from planters. Dust exposure in the treated fields is only part of the
problem and research is showing lethal amounts of neonicotinoids in spring flowering
trees and shrubs adjacent to corn and soy fields and on water and soil in and near the
corn and soy fields.
6. The impact on Grain Farmers will be minimal. Ontario government field crop
specialists estimate that only 10% to 20% of acreage requires the application of
neonicotinoid pesticides. Research in Europe is showing nil to only slight decreases in
yield when neonicotinoids are not available.
7. The Government of Canada cannot be counted on to do anything. PMRA has stated
that there registration review of neonicotinoids will not be completed before 2016 and
8. The Province of Ontario can take the lead and act on its own. While pesticide
registration is a federal jurisdiction, under its Pesticide Control Act the province can
suspend usage as they did with Ontario’s Cosmetic Pesticide ban.
What if it is Tobacco Ring Spot Virus and not Neonicitinoids Tom?
If its the Virus, we hope they ban you and your friends from using the pesticide that kills the virus.