Europe banned neonics in 2018. Canada needs to pick up the pace to protect biodiversity!
Good news: After more than half a decade of foot-dragging, Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency at last proposed to phase out most uses of the three main neonicotinoid pesticides: imidacloprid, clothianidin and thiamethoxam.
Bad news: That was more than two years ago and the government has yet to issue its final decision. In the meantime, neonics remain in widespread use in Canada.
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. In August 2018, the PMRA published the results of its most recent neonic evaluations — the special reviews of clothianidin and thiamethoxam — which concluded that these chemicals are polluting Canadian waters at levels harmful to aquatic insects. In 2016, the PMRA evaluated imidacloprid and also proposed to phase it out because of aquatic risks.
The European Union banned all outdoor uses of the three main neonics, following a 2018 report from its scientific risk assessment authority confirming serious danger to honeybees and wild bees.
Canada is moving in the right direction with the proposal to phase out neonics but is taking too long to get there.
With your help, we are making a difference. The federal health minister is responsible for the PMRA and pesticide regulation in Canada. Let’s continue to send her strong message: Canada should ban bee-killing neonics now!