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Health Canada has extended its public consultation period until March 23, 2017, to ask Canadians if they think this dangerous pesticide should be banned.
Let’s seize the moment.
Please take a few minutes to protect Canada’s bees and wild pollinators by telling the PMRA you support the proposed ban on imidacloprid.
A copy of your letter will be sent to Canadian Minister of Health, Jane Philpott.
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Photo: Bees at the entrance of a hive (Rainer Stropek).
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A few points to consider when writing your letter:
I support Health Canada’s proposal to ban the use of neonicotinoid imidacloprid in Canada due to its negative impact on the environment.
Due to the proven toxicity of imidacloprid to aquatic invertebrates and the contamination of waterways near agricultural areas, Health Canada should move quickly to completely ban this pesticide. The proposal by Health Canada to phase out the use and sale of this pesticide over three to five years is unacceptable given the danger imidacloprid poses to the environment.
Given the demonstrated toxicity of neonicotinoids to pollinators which includes: impaired memory and learning; disorientation and difficulties returning back to the hive; reduced efficiency in foraging; less resistance to disease and less success in breeding; and, failure to communicate properly with other bees in the colony.
I urge the Pest Management Regulatory Agency to follow the lead of France and fully ban the use of neonicotinoids in Canada.
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