Europe will ban neonics by the end of the year. Canada needs to pick up the pace to protect biodiversity!
The federal government is consulting Canadians on proposals to phase out clothianidin and thiamethoxam. Use the form below to send a comment letter before November 13, 2018.
There is good news and bad news on the status of neonicotinoid insecticides in Canada.
Good news: After more than half a decade of foot-dragging, Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency has at last proposed to phase out most uses of the three main neonicotinoid pesticides: imidacloprid, clothianidin and thiamethoxam. While neonics are notoriously toxic to bees, they can also harm other beneficial organisms, including aquatic insects like mayflies, which are an important link in the food chain.
Bad news: PMRA wants to allow the use of neonics to continue for another three to five years until the phase-out is complete. This lax timeline would prolong risks in Canada long after Europe stops using neonics.
Canada is moving in the right direction with the proposal to phase out neonics but is taking too long to get there.
Federal Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor is responsible for the PMRA and pesticide regulation in Canada. Several reviews are underway examining risks from neonics, with key decisions expected by the end of the year. Currently the PMRA is accepting comments on the special reviews of clothianidin and thiamethoxam aquatic risks.
With your help, we are making a difference. Let’s continue to send a strong message to Canadian decision-makers: Canada should ban bee-killing neonics in 2018!