Beekeeping May Be Local But Pollination Is Global!

Discussion in 'Bee News' started by kemptville, Jul 18, 2013.

  1. kemptville

    kemptville New Member

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    Ontario’s bees are dying in massive numbers due to the pervasive use of neonicotinoid pesticides on our agricultural field crops. Fully a third of our food relies on pollinators: without bees, Ontario’s food supply could be in serious trouble. Further, these chemicals leach into soils, groundwater and waterways, and can persist for years, killing not only bees, but other pollinators, aquatic insects, amphibians and birds.

    We already have sufficient evidence to prove that neonicotinoid pesticides are killing our bees. Canada’s Pesticide Management Regulatory Agency has confirmed that last year’s widespread bee deaths in Ontario were caused by neonicotinoid pesticides. As well, dozens of independent, peer reviewed scientific research studies have concluded that these pesticides pose a significant threat to bees and other wildlife. Furthermore, science and experience has shown that neonicotinoids don’t really increase agricultural yield in the long run.
    Join Ontario’s beekeepers and their agricultural, environmental and scientific partners in urging Premier Wynne to ban neonicotinoid pesticides in time for the 2014 planting season.
    Ontario’s bees are in unprecedented peril. In the past two years alone, Ontario has seen a 35% decline in honey bees.

    The time for urgent, precautionary action is now.

    Sign this petition and share with everyone.
     
  2. Crofter

    Crofter New Member

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    As with most things in life there are few absolutes. A petition usually is the product of an agenda and almost by definition does not give a balanced view of the cost benefit analysis and almost no suggestion about the likely evils of the replacement mechanism were the petition successful.

    I have no question that all our agricultural chemicals create some mortality and other negative effects on bees as well as other life forms. If we require a zero tolerance of any harmful effects we would have to add many products to the petition. Seemingly there can be as many anecdotal accounts of bees being raised successfully in areas with the highest application rates of many of these chemicals.

    I think it harms a forum to acquire an identity tag as being either strongly aligned with and supportive of the chemical industry, OR, being automatically dismissive of any methods not considered "natural".

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  3. tecumseh

    tecumseh New Member

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    I am very much with Crofter on this issue. I will add that absolute choices of all or none quite obviously ignores a lot of middle ground.