Archives – December, 2013

Bee health debate heats up

Editor’s Note: Regulatory policy debates should be based on science, not unsupported claims and headline news.  As CRE will explain in our forthcoming pollinator protection comments to Health Canada, the facts say that bees are thriving in Ontario since the introduction of neonics and declining in France which banned them.


Bee health debate heats up over pesticides

John Walter

A new national campaign to restrict use of a widely applied group of pesticides is bringing increased attention to the question of how to improve the health of honeybees and other pollinators.

Leave a Comment December 6, 2013

Older crop sprays ‘more harmful’ than neonics

From: Farmers Weekly

The ban on neonicotinoid pesticides will see farmers rely on older, “dirtier” crop protection products which could have a worse effect on wildlife, say beekeepers.

An EU-wide suspension on the use of three neonicotinoids is set to come into force this Sunday (1 December).

In the absence of neonicotinoid seed treatments, farmers will have to switch to alternative spray pesticides, which could be more harmful to bees and other insects.

The British Beekeepers Association (BBKA) believes the ban could also make crop pests, such as aphids, more resistant.

Leave a Comment December 4, 2013

NFU demands urgent risk assessment of neonicotinoid ban

From: Farmers Guardian

By Alistair Driver

THE NFU has called for an urgent assessment of the impact of the imminent suspension of neonicotinoid seed treatments, which is due to come into force on December 1.

With only days to go before restrictions on crop protection products begin, the NFU has described the lack of an EU impact assessment to determine the effect on pollinators and crop production as ‘alarming’.

Leave a Comment December 2, 2013

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