Food, Agriculture & GMOs

Major Grocery Retailers Across North America Reject Genetically Engineered Fish

Major Grocery Retailers Across North America Reject Genetically Engineered Fish

WASHINGTON, D.C. – As the world’s first sale of genetically engineered fish is underway in Canada, the top food retailers across Canada and the U.S. have made public statements that they have no plans to sell the genetically engineered salmon. Sobeys (TSX:SBY) is the latest and last of Canada’s national retailers to inform customers that it will not be selling the genetically engineered […]

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A Cocktail of Bee-harming Pesticides Found in North American Honey

A Cocktail of Bee-harming Pesticides Found in North American Honey

October 5, 2017 (Ottawa) – New research, published in Science today, found widespread contamination of bee-harming neonicotinoid pesticides in honey around the world. Friends of the Earth Canada CEO, Beatrice Olivastri, said, “The discovery of a cocktail of bee-harming pesticides in honey samples across North America, Europe and Asia reinforces the need for a complete […]

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An anniversary – bee mad, not glad 😡

An anniversary – bee mad, not glad 😡

I like to celebrate anniversaries, but this anniversary is nothing to celebrate. Exactly one year ago today, Friends of the Earth and three other environmental organizations, represented by Ecojustice lawyers, headed to court in a bid to protect pollinators from two bee-toxic pesticides. Our lawsuit argues that the Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) failed to […]

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Environmental groups back in court over pollinator-killing pesticides

Environmental groups back in court over pollinator-killing pesticides

Groups ready to fight off federal government’s attempt to dismiss lawsuit  |  6 July 2017 TORONTO – Ecojustice lawyers are in court this week to tell the federal government to buzz off. “Our clients – and the bees and other wild pollinators – deserve their day in court,” said Julia Croome, Ecojustice lawyer. “The federal […]

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Friends of the Earth National Poll Finds Majority of Canadians believe pesticide exposure most important threat to bees

Friends of the Earth National Poll Finds Majority of Canadians believe pesticide exposure most important threat to bees

June 27, 2017, Ottawa – Most Canadians (89%) believe “pesticides” are the most important threat to bees according to a poll conducted on behalf of Friends of the Earth Canada in May by Oracle Poll Research. Almost eight out of ten believe the loss of suitable floral resources was important (79%).  More than six out […]

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Looking for “friends” on Earth Day #47

Looking for “friends” on Earth Day #47

This Earth Day (April 22), I’m looking for friends – friends of the Earth, that is – who share my passion to save the bees. Here’s why… Back during the first Earth Day in 1970, I was finishing up high school and taking Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring to heart. It described how DDT entered the […]

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Slow Motion Neonic Ban – good ban / bad speed!

Slow Motion Neonic Ban – good ban / bad speed!

Last November, Health Canada announced its intention to ban the use of Bayer’s imidacloprid, one of the world’s most widely used neonicotinoid pesticides.  We think this could be an important Canadian win on the world stage – after four years of campaigning, we can almost taste victory.   BUT: Our excitement was muted by the […]

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Care about bees and food security? Give your voice to challenge Canada’s plans for farming! 🐝 🌽

Care about bees and food security? Give your voice to challenge Canada’s plans for farming! 🐝 🌽

Concern for food quality, how it’s produced and where it’s produced has never been greater.  Canadians recognize the value of healthy food and the significant impacts its production has on the environment, climate change and local economies. We also recognize that agri-industry is responsible for significant environmental and social impacts – for example, that of […]

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Monsanto treats you like a guinea pig while raking in billions

Filed in Blog, Food, Agriculture & GMOs by on October 13, 2016
Monsanto treats you like a guinea pig while raking in billions

If you care about safe food, make time to connect with the International Monsanto Tribunal this weekend. Then, read about Monsanto’s lobbying and consider how your food is affected by Roundup, the most commonly sold pesticide in the world. There’s a line up of hard hitting and heart breaking testimony scheduled for the International Monsanto […]

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Put your garden to bed with saving the bees in mind

Put your garden to bed with saving the bees in mind

As Thanksgiving is upon us, why not say a fervent thank you for all the good things bees do for us as they pollinate food and flowers, shrubs and trees. You know pollinators need our help now – challenged by habitat loss, climate change, pesticides and introduced diseases, they are in decline even as we […]

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