Friday, March 6, 2015

Ninety-seven per cent support Ontario's plan to restrict bee-killing pesticides

Great news! Close to 50,000 comments were submitted during the official consultation on Ontario's pollinator health proposal last month. The proposal received an overwhelmingly positive response from the public. 97% support Ontario's plan to restrict neonicotinoid pesticides associated with bee deaths.

Last year, the European Commission placed a moratorium on certain uses of neonics to protect the environment. Ontario's proposed regulations would take effect July 1, 2015.

Ontario is proposing North America's first regulatory restrictions on neonicotinoid pesticides. On November 25, 2014, the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs invited public comments on a pollinator health proposal that includes regulations to reduce the use of neonic-treated corn and soybean seeds by 80 per cent. The proposal was posted on Ontario's Environmental Registry for a 60-day comment period, which concluded January 25, 2015.

A second round of public consultation will take place this spring with the publication of draft regulations.
Read the entire article from the David Suzuki Foundation.