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Ontario Beekeepers’ Association calls for ban on neonicotinoid pesticides

Further to my post earlier this week that Canada appears unmoved by the European Commission’s ban on three neonicotinoid pesticides, I received a note from Gerry McKee, the chairman of the Canadian Honey Council drawing attention to the Ontario Beekeepers’  Association’s stance on the issue. The OBA is asking the Ontario government to “reassess the […]

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John WIlson, president and CEO of Rollins Inc. the parent company of Orkin, the pest control company. He recently appeared on the CBS show Undercover Boss, which included a segment on the killing of a honey bee colony.

Why is Orkin, the pest control company, still killing bees? UPDATED

In this day and age when there is enormous discussion internationally about the plight of bees, it’s astonishing that there are still pest control companies that consider apis mellifera a pest. Most right-thinking people, when faced with a swarm of bees, call the local municipality or beekeeper to help them. I don’t normally run into […]

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Honey bee workers and queen from a colony at the USDA's Bee Research Laboratory in Beltsville, Md. Photo - Haraz N. Ghanbari,

Canada won’t adopt EU pesticide ban, new USDA-EPA report out on colony collapse

Canada has no plans right now to follow the European Commission’s decision to ban a class of pesticides it believes is responsible for the deaths of many honey bees. Health Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency said it already started a comprehensive review of three pesticides in the neonicotinoid class following last year’s accidental poisonings of […]

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Honey bee on Oregano flower. Jeff Lee photo

European Union bans three neonicotinoid pesticides blamed for bee deaths

Beekeepers and scientists in Canada and the United States are closely watching the European Union’s decision Monday to temporarily ban the use of three neonicotinoid pesticides being blamed for a decline in bee populations. On Monday 15 of 27 member states in the EU voted for a two-year restriction on the sale and use of […]

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Crop spraying. Photo credit: The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds.

Ban bee-killing pesticides, British government committee says

There’s a growing call in the United Kingdom for political leaders to ban neonicotinoid-based pesticides that are being blamed for killing bees. Meanwhile, in Canada, we’re continuing to study just how bad it can get. This week the all-party Environmental Audit Committee of the British Parliament came out swinging, making bee deaths as a result […]

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One of Ash Apiaries' over-wintered bee yards in British Columbia. The Manitoba beekeper says it lost half of its 2,500 B.C. hives last winter. Jeff Lee photo.

Canada, worried about bee poisonings, issues new pesticide use rules.

Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency has quietly issued new rules for the use of neonicotinoid insecticides blamed for an unusual die-off of bees in Ontario in 2012. The consumer product safety bulletin, issued Feb. 4 on Health Canada’s site but apparently nowhere else, advises farmers and users of seeds coated with neonicotinoids to use more caution, […]

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