Monday, January 5, 2015

Our Suggested Comments for the Proposed Plan to Reduce Neonicotinoid Use in Ontario

In an earlier post, we shared some information about the Ontario's Government proposed plan to decrease the use of Neonicotinoids (NNI), a chemical insecticide suspected of being a major cause in the death of honey bee populations as well as our native pollinators.

The government is seeking feedback and comments on the proposed plan. For those of you not familiar with submitting comments on government proposals, the process is fairly easy.  The proposed plan is called, Pollinator Health: A Proposal for Enhancing Pollinator Health and Reducing the Use of Neonicotinoid Pesticides in Ontario. After reading the plan there is a simple online form (click here) that you can input your comments into (look for Submit Comment on the right side of the screen).

The government is looking for feedback, so your comments can include anything you find important in the proposal and the use of neonicotinoids in Ontario. We conducted research and consulted with experts to develop our key points that we will be using in our submission to the Ontario Government and that are pasted below.

Please note the deadline for comments is January 25, 2015.

Environment Hamilton strongly supports this plan to regulate the use of Neonicotinoids (NNI) in Ontario.  The Plan is a sensible and achievable first step, and we support its intent.

Like many Ontarians, we are deeply concerned over the increasing number of bee deaths and the overall decrease in numbers of our native pollinators.  We are heartened that one of the goals of this plan is to reduce the use of the NNI by 80% by 2017. 

We urge OMAFRA to continue this thoughtful and urgent discussion and consider regulating the use of NNI even further to include a multi-year ban.  In the meantime, we encourage the use of labeling plants and seeds that have been treated by NNI's at nurseries, tree farms, seed sellers, so that consumers are able to make informed decisions when purchasing plants.