How can Canadian authorities spend five years reviewing virtually the same scientific evidence as the Europeans and come up with a totally different conclusion?
Since the bees cannot ask the PMRA to explain – you and I have to do it for them.
You can help by sending an e-card asking the question and reminding Health Canada that the bees are endangered by neonicotinoid pesticides NOT the pesticide manufacturers. Friends of the Earth has designed four e-cards using photos from the 2017 Great Canadian Bumble Bee Count.
In February 2018, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) released its report on the three most widely used neonicotinoid pesticides. After reviewing 1500 studies, EFSA concluded, “overall the risk to the three types of bees we have assessed is confirmed.” We expect that the European Union will vote to ban all three in the coming month.
Another important player, The Task Force on Systemic Pesticides – a team of independent scientists brought together by the International Union for Conservation of Nature – has been assessing peer-reviewed science on neonics for several years. After two rounds of comprehensive reviews, they say that neonics harm honeybees and many other species, including aquatic insects at the base of the food chain, earthworms and common birds.
In December 2018 just before Christmas, Health Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) revealed their conclusions to five years of review conducted along with United States’ authorities. The North American conclusion, despite the documented poisoning of millions of bees, is that major uses of neonicotinoid pesticides are safe and can continue! Uses like coatings for corn, soy and sunflower seeds.
Download a free calendar with stunning bumble bee photos from the 2017 Great Canadian Bumble Bee Count!
Donate to help FOE’s lawsuit that seeks a court order to end the PMRA’s decade-long practice of registering agricultural pesticides containing two neonicotinoid active ingredients (clothianidin and thiamethoxam) for use in Canada without the science the PMRA needs to determine the pesticides’ risks to pollinators. FOE is working with three other groups and represented by Ecojustice on this case.
- European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)
- The Task Force on Systemic Pesticides
- Health Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA)