The OBA has revised its position statement on neonicotinoid pesticides to reflect additional compelling evidence of the impact of neonicotinoid pesticides on the health and producivity of bees:
Representing Ontario’s beekeeping industry, The Ontario Beekeepers Association requests that:
- Regulators immediately reassess the bee safety of all neonicotinoid pesticide products and suspend all conditional registrations until we understand how to manage the risks posed by these products to honey bees and other pollinators.
- Beekeepers are compensated by the government (who issued the registration) for losses to crops, bees and equipment caused by deaths, chronic disease, or toxic residues in equipment caused by the use of neonicotinoid pesticide products from the crop year 2012 and forward.
- Independent research should be undertaken to determine threats of long-term soil, water and pollinator toxicity and whether the substitution of less toxic pesticides or integrated pest management practices can eliminate the threat to honey bees and other pollinators.
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