Wednesday, December 10, 2014
There is global scientific consensus that pollinators are in decline in both the state of health and in population numbers. This is believed to be caused by multiple interacting factors such as loss of pollinator habitat and nutrition, pesticide exposure, climate change and weather, and disease, pests and genetics. Ontario beekeepers have also been experiencing higher than average over-winter hive losses in recent years, in addition to in-season mortality incidents (from the Environmental Registry).
Ontario is taking action that includes sustainable, long-term initiatives aimed at improving the health of bees and other pollinators.
Exercise your rights under Ontario's Environmental Bill of Rights! The comment period is now open on a proposed provincial regulation to control the use of neonicotinoids in Ontario in order to protect bee populations. You can access Pollinator Health: A Proposal for Enhancing Pollinator Health and Reducing the Use of Neonicotinoid Pesticides in Ontario and leave a comment.