Neonicotinoids are now the world's most widely used class of insecticides. Health Canada's Pest Management Regulatory Agency has registered them for virtually every crop grown in Canada.
The Sierra Club of Canada is doing everything it can to raise public awareness of its #SaveTheBees campaign -- it won't stop until it wins a ban on bee-killing neonicotinoid pesticides.
We focus on charismatic species like whales, pandas, cedar trees and seals. But the small things that keep the biosphere going are probably more threatened because we ignore them.
Wild and domestic bees are dying, and evidence of a link to pesticides grows stronger every day. If bees die, many food crops won't get pollinated.
Bee pollination is essential to the functioning of our ecosystem and the production of all fruits and vegetables. When bee populations start to mysteriously and rapidly die-off, it’s a big deal.
The facts are pretty clear: bee populations are in freefall. Perhaps there are multiple causes, but the only factor we can control and firmly take action on is the use of neonicotinoid pesticides.
John Bennett, of the Sierra Club of Canada, talks about the club’s call on the Federal Government to ban pesticides that prove fatal to bee populations.
The European Union banned three pesticides (Imidacloprid, Clothianidin and Thiamethoxam) to protect rapidly declining bee populations.
Pesticides may offer quick, easy and effective methods for dealing with pests, but they come with all kinds of problems. Maybe we can learn some lessons from nature and our ancestors.
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