The Bee Cause

Too little but not too late to fix Canada’s broken pesticide ‎regulation!

Filed in Media releases, The Bee Cause by on January 20, 2016 0 Comments

Ottawa – Friends of the Earth Canada welcomes the end of conditional registrations of pesticides announced by the Minister of Health but says that discontinuing the practice won’t fix an industry-biased and scientifically out of date system.  In a new report issued for public response, Health Canada says it will cease issuing conditional registration of […]

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New Year’s Resolution: Bea asks you to do three things for the bees in 2016

Filed in Blog, Lifestyle, The Bee Cause by on December 28, 2015 1 Comment
New Year’s Resolution:  Bea asks you to do three things for the bees in 2016

  Every year, millions of honey and native bees and untold number of other insect pollinators are killed by pesticides used on seeds for corn, soybeans, sunflowers, fruits and other crops.   Hi, I’m Friends of the Earth Canada’s  CEO, Bea Olivastri,  and I’m asking you to make a New Year’s resolution to do three […]

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Home Depot to phase out bee-killing pesticides

Filed in The Bee Cause by on December 3, 2015 1 Comment
Home Depot to phase out bee-killing pesticides

Coalition presses for all retailers to make commitment to protect bees   (WASHINGTON, D.C., December 3, 2015) — Home Depot (NYSE: HD),  the world’s largest home-improvement chain, has announced that it has removed neonicotinoid pesticides, a leading driver of global bee declines, from 80 percent of its flowering plants and that it will complete its phase-out in […]

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Bee-ing Thankful

Filed in Blog, Lifestyle, The Bee Cause by on October 9, 2015 0 Comments
Bee-ing Thankful

Think about our daily habits and you can’t escape the fact that bees are an important part of our lives.  Morning coffee and tea, honey on toast, an apple in our child’s lunch, mid-day snacking on almonds or grapes, a cranberry martini after work or apple pie for dessert at a dinner party.  Our holidays […]

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Falling For Bees

Filed in Blog, Lifestyle, The Bee Cause by on September 23, 2015 1 Comment
Falling For Bees

There’s one thing that Mother Nature hasn’t yet wreaked havoc with and that’s bringing the cooler comfortable temperatures for fall, like clockwork.  You unpack that sweater from the bottom drawer and think about dragging out your summer stowaway bins from the basement.  On second thought, maybe Indian summer is around the corner?  Unlike us, bees […]

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Feds urged to protect wild bees

Filed in The Bee Cause by on September 17, 2015 0 Comments
Feds urged to protect wild bees

Listing of four wild bee species under Species at Risk Act overdue, requires immediate action (TORONTO, ON,  September 17, 2015) – Five environmental groups are pressing the federal Minister of the Environment to list four wild bee species under the Species at Risk Act (SARA).  Listing these bees is the crucial — and overdue — […]

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Missing in Action – Wild bees forgotten for their service

Filed in Blog, The Bee Cause by on September 17, 2015 0 Comments
Missing in Action – Wild bees forgotten for their service

Canada’s commander in chief for the environment has forgotten the tiny, stalwart creatures that serve us every day to ensure a secure food supply –  four species of wild bees that urgently need protection and rescue plans. In the military world, “missing in action” is taken seriously. Personnel may be killed, wounded, or taken a […]

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Friends of the Earth congratulates Ontario for reducing use of bee-toxic neonicotinoids

Filed in The Bee Cause by on June 9, 2015 0 Comments
Friends of the Earth congratulates Ontario for reducing use of bee-toxic neonicotinoids

(Ottawa, ON, June 9, 2015) Ontario’s new pesticide regulation requires a permanent reduction of 80% in the use corn and soybean seeds coated with neonicotinoids (imidacloprid, clothianidin and thiamethoxam). This regulation is novel in its designation of the coated seeds as pesticides. Friends of the Earth is pleased and impressed by Ontario’s leadership in finalizing […]

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Statements following leak of draft PMRA Value Assessment of Neonicotoinoids

Filed in Blog, The Bee Cause by on May 22, 2015 1 Comment
Statements following leak of draft PMRA Value Assessment of Neonicotoinoids

Beatrice Olivastri, CEO, Friends of the Earth Canada’s said: “There’s a fox in the chicken coop and the fox is the pesticide manufacturers reaping huge profits from farmers. It does appear there’s virtually no benefit but vast hazards to our environment from neonicotinoids. If the Canadian government can’t get its act together to do its […]

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Leaked government report shows virtually no benefits from neonics: provinces must act to ban bee-killing pesticide

Filed in Media releases, The Bee Cause by on May 22, 2015 0 Comments
Leaked government report shows virtually no benefits from neonics: provinces must act to ban bee-killing pesticide

(Ottawa, ON, May 22, 2015) Canada’s Pesticide Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) promised to report on their review of the “value” of neonicotinoid pesticides in 2014 to be followed by a public consultation. This is a key element of PMRA’s five year review of the bee-toxic neonicotinoid pesticides conducted in lock step with the US Environmental […]

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White House Pollinator Strategy won’t solve bee crisis

Filed in The Bee Cause by on May 19, 2015 0 Comments
White House Pollinator Strategy won’t solve bee crisis

White House Pollinator Strategy won’t solve bee crisis Posted May. 19, 2015 / Posted by: Kate Colwell WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Obama administration released its National Pollinator Health Strategy today, which failed to adequately address the impact of pesticides, including neonicotinoid insecticides — a leading driver of bee declines — on bees and other pollinators. This […]

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Statement from Friends of the Earth Canada on RONA’s announcements

Filed in The Bee Cause by on April 28, 2015 0 Comments
Statement from Friends of the Earth Canada on RONA’s announcements

RONA discloses 70% nursery plants neonic-free this year Friends of the Earth Canada congratulates RONA on its commitment and performance to reduce the use of neonicotinoids in its nursery plants. Last year, Friends of the Earth tested nursery plants for neonics and advised gardeners to buy only neonic-free plants through their “Gardener Beware” campaign. The […]

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Rona announcement on neonics

Filed in Blog, Policy, The Bee Cause by on April 28, 2015 0 Comments
Rona announcement on neonics

On behalf of Friends of the Earth and our bee friends, I want to congratulate RONA on its commitment and performance to reduce the use of neonicotinoids in its nursery plants. Last year, Friends of the Earth tested flowering plants meant to be “bee-friendly” in 18 cities in North America. Over 50% of the flowering […]

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Statement from Friends of the Earth on Lowe’s Announcement

Filed in The Bee Cause by on April 9, 2015 0 Comments
Statement from Friends of the Earth on Lowe’s Announcement

Lowe’s commits to phase-out neonicotinoids from its shelves in a move to protect bees and pollinators April 9, 2015  Ottawa, ON – Lowe’s, North America’s second largest home improvement company, announced today that they will take steps towards a 2019 phase out of bee-harmful neonicotinoids (PDF page 28). Neonicotinoid insecticides are a key factor in bee declines, and are […]

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Ontario government action on bee and pollinator protection applauded by Friends of the Earth

Ontario government action on bee and pollinator protection applauded by Friends of the Earth

Premier Wynne and Ministers of Environment and Agriculture cited as North American leaders   (March 23, 2015, Ottawa, ON) Today, following extensive public consultation, Ontario tabled a Regulation to permanently reduce 80 percent of the bee-harmful neonicotinoid (neonic) pesticides used on corn and soy seed by 2017. This announcement makes Ontario the first North American jurisdiction […]

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