July 2014

Scientists track gene activity when honey bees do and don't eat honey

Beekeepers question Bayer CropScience at Guelph symposium

Ban neonicotinoids now to avert another silent spring.

CBC: Decline in birds, not just bees, linked to neonicotinoid pesticides

It's not just the bees that are harmed by controversial crop pesticides called neonicotinoids – the birds are also disappearing in places where the

Saving bees from chemical death: Peterborough Examiner

In the eyes of bee lovers, a member of our ecosystem, who helps to put food on our table, might be getting a helping hand from us, for a change.

Belleville Intelligencer: Beekeepers pleased by pesticide ruling

By Luke Hendry

Beekeepers are applauding the new Ontario government’s plan to restrict the use of pesticides linked to bee deaths.

Research: Declines in insectivorous birds are associated with high neonicotinoid concentrations


Recent studies have shown that neonicotinoid insecticides have adverse

BBC: Bird decine 'smoking gun' for pesticide's effects

Research: Chronic impairment of bumblebee natural foraging behaviour induced by sublethal pesticide exposure


  1. Insect pollination is a vital ecosystem service that maintains biodiversity and sustains ag

CBC: Bee foraging skills impaired by neonicotinoid pesticides

Popular pesticides linked to declines in bee populations appear to harm bumblebees by impairing their ability to learn how to gather food, new rese

Star: Common pesticides stealing bees' survival skills, study finds.

OBA Clarifies Position Statement


OBA Press Release: Ontario becomes first province to act on neonicotinoids

G&M: Grain farmers press for delay on insecticide ban in Ontario

By Eric Atkins

Global News: Ontario Seeks to restrict pesticides linked to bee deaths

by Nicole Mortillaro

CTV: Ontario looks at restricting pesticide that may play role in bee decline


Liberals keep their promise: Neonics to be restricted in Ontario: G&M

By Eric Atkins

NFU asks Ambrose to ban neonics

Read NFU letter to Minister Ambrose

Syngenta withdraws application to use banned pesticide

By Damian Carrington

Neonicotinoids: to ban or not to ban, that is the question for Ambrose - The Western Producer

When longtime Conservative MP Rona Ambrose was named Canada’s health minister last July, it’s unlikely she was expecting one of her most controvers

New research shows plants and pollinators spiral down together

Parallel Declines in Pollinators and Insect-Pollinated Plants in Britain and the Netherlands

New threats to honey bees puts US food supply at risk

(This is a very long, comprehensive piece, following is just an introduction, but it's worth looking at the whole article with the attached v

Risking another silent spring: NY Times Editorial

From the Editorial Board