Health Canada Proposes Phasing-Out A Neonictinoid Pesticide

By Roy L Hales

screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3-43-47-pm1It has been five years since the Task Force on Systemic Pesticides announced neonicotinoids cause “significant damage and pose a serious risk of harm to a wide range of beneficial invertebrate species in soil, vegetation, aquatic and marine habitats and are affecting ecosystem services as a result..” The European Union responded to public concerns by imposing a ban on three neonicotinoids in 2013. Now Health Canada proposes phasing-out a neonictinoid pesticide and conducting special reviews for two others.

Health Canada Proposes Phasing-Out A Neonictinoid Pesticide

Honey Bees in a California Poppy by Daniel Orth via Flickr (CC BY SA, 2.0 License)
Honey Bees in a California Poppy by Daniel Orth via Flickr (CC BY SA, 2.0 License)

According to their press release:

“Health Canada has now completed its re-evaluation of the neonicotinoid imidacloprid, and has published its draft risk assessment for public comment. The assessment proposes that current use of imidacloprid is not sustainable, and the levels of this pesticide that are being found in waterways and aquatic environments are harmful to aquatic insects, such as mayflies and midges, which are important food sources for fish, birds and other animals.

“To address the risks identified, Health Canada has also published a proposed risk management plan for public comment, which includes a proposed three-year phase-out of agricultural uses of imidacloprid in order to address risks to aquatic insects. In some cases, where there are no alternative pest control products available, a longer phase-out transition period of five years is being proposed.”

Special Reviews For Clothianidin & Thiamethoxam

Health Canada has also finally launched special reviews of two other widely used neonicotinoids, clothianidin and thiamethoxam.

It has been more than a year since four environmental groups1 launched a joint suit against Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) for ignoring the risks associated to these two chemicals.

At that time Ecojustice lawyer Charles Hatt, who represented the groups, said, “The PMRA has taken a see-no-evil, hear-no-evil, speak-no-evil approach by repeatedly registering these neonicotinoid pesticides without important scientific information on their risks to pollinators.”

After this new announcement, Hatt responded, “The PMRA is finally beginning to acknowledge the grave environmental risks posed by widespread use of neonicotinoids in Canada. The science shows that neonicotinoids are now found throughout our environment, posing risks not only to pollinators, but also to aquatic invertebrates and the fish, birds, and other animals that rely on them as a food source. We urge the PMRA to uphold the standards in the Pest Control Products Act and ensure that no harm comes to Canadians, our environment, or future generations from the use of neonicotinoid pesticides.”

A Serious Risk Of Harm, Especially To Bees

There is usually only one queen in a hive (marked in yellow), which the worker honeybees feed, follow, and protect. Society needs healthy bees and other insects to pollinate crops, but land use changes that decrease flower abundance can affect bee health and pollination services. Photo credit: Marisa Lubeck, U.S. Geological Survey via Flickr (Public Domain)
There is usually only one queen in a hive (marked in yellow), which the worker honeybees feed, follow, and protect. Society needs healthy bees and other insects to pollinate crops, but land use changes that decrease flower abundance can affect bee health and pollination services. Photo credit: Marisa Lubeck, U.S. Geological Survey via Flickr (Public Domain)

According to the Task Force on Systemic Pesticides, we do not yet know how strongly neonicotinoids impact vertebrate species such as birds.

They do “pose a serious risk of harm to a wide range of beneficial invertebrate species in soil, vegetation, aquatic and marine habitats and are affecting ecosystem services as a result.”

Neonicotinoids  also pose a  “serious risk of harm to honey bees and other pollinators.”

“In bees, field-realistic concentrations adversely affect individual navigation, learning, food collection, longevity, resistance to disease and fecundity. For bumblebees, irrefutable colony-level effects have been found, with exposed colonies growing more slowly and producing significantly fewer queens. Field studies with free-flying bee colonies have proved difficult to perform, because control colonies invariably become contaminated with neonicotinoids, a clear demonstration of their pervasive presence in the environment.”

Top Photo Credit: Dream of a bee’s flight…. by Jannes Pockele via Flickr (CC BY SA, 2.0 License)

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  1. The David Suzuki Foundation, Friends of the Earth Canada, Ontario Nature and the Wilderness Committee

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    It is a fact that prohibition against pest control product leads to carnage in the form of business destruction and business failures. ( See links below. ) And now, Canada’s Liberal Government plans to inflict apocalypse against the golf industry ( as well as the agriculture industry ). So far, the golf industry has been jeopardized by national-prohibitions against NOT only neonicotinoid insecticides, but also carbaryl, chlorothalonil, iprodione, and quintozene. The vast majority of these prohibitions were imposed by Canada’s Liberal Government since 2015 ! For almost a decade, observers have warned golf industry’s trade associations that they should NOT feel too smug about its pesticide ban exception status. Since 1991, the golf industry has avoided any national-prohibition because it had been provided with a pesticide ban exception status ― thankfully, Mr William H Gathercole crafted the original golf industry’s exception status in the town of Hudson, Quebec, which has endured to this day for virtually all jurisdictions in North America. With the Liberal Party of Canada now in power, observers have been forced to continue to repeat their warning ― anti-pesticide terrorism will never, ever, end until the golf industry has lost all of its conventional pest control products. Why ?!?! Because Liberal Party of Canada despicably operates as the political shield for anti-pesticide & environmental-terrorist organizations, like World Wildlife Federation Canada ( WWF ). In 2015, observers have also warned if successfully elected to power, Liberal Party of Canada would conspire to impose national-prohibition against all conventional pest control products. ( See links below. ) Anti-pesticide & environmental-terrorist organizations have already inflicted horrendous and catastrophic carnage, as well as terror, despair, and destitution, against thousands of hapless victims throughout the professional lawn care industry. ( see link below. ) And now, golf is next ! As expected, once elected to power, Canada’s Liberal Government quickly conspired to impose national-prohibitions against the golf industry’s pest control products. The proposed and enacted national-prohibitions against the golf industry’s desperately-needed pest control products, like iprodione, chlorothalonil, and carbaryl, come as NO surprise since the decisions by Health Canada are being implemented within mere months after Liberal Party won in the Canadian General Election on October 19th, 2015. Observers expect that Canada’s Liberal Government will eventually annihilate the golf industry, and its businesses, its assets, and its customers. With national-prohibition against the golf industry, pest problems will become increasingly unmanageable without effective & safe conventional pest control products, playing conditions will be destroyed, and golf facilities will be annihilated ! With national-prohibition, the owners, employees, and families dependent on safe and effective pest control products will face terror, despair, and destitution. Under Canada’s Liberal Government, people dependent upon work at golf facilities will suffer losses to their employment, lifestyles, job security, families, children, loved-ones, and futures. And it becomes increasingly obvious that the golf industry’s trade associations have failed their members since they appear unable or unwilling to adequately defend these products. They have exhibited depraved indifference towards their member-superintendents and their golf facilities. Future generations will ask the question ― why did their trade associations NOT act ?!?! The golf industry’s trade associations must strongly adopt the position that conventional pest control products are scientifically-safe and will cause no harm. The golf industry must also adopt the policy that the only course of action against prohibition is through litigation. The golf industry’s trade associations must plan for the inevitable and total revocation of its exception status in most jurisdictions across Canada. The golf industry’s trade associations must terminate all relationships with all pesticide-hating & environmental organizations that conspire to prohibit against conventional pest control products, like Canadian Cancer Society, ( a.k.a. Prevent Cancer Now ), World Wildlife Fund ( a.k.a. Liberal Party of Canada ), and others. As long as Golf Canada, and the entire golf industry, continue to provide money to Canadian Cancer Society, the golf industry is under threat of being annihilated ! The golf industry’s trade associations must openly and financially support all conservative political candidates who oppose any prohibition of pest control products and fertilizers. Whenever successfully elected to power, liberals and new democrats will always conspire to impose arbitrary prohibition against all pest control products. GOLF INDUSTRY’S TRADE ASSOCIATIONS MUST STOP THE LIBERAL’S NATIONAL-PROHIBITIONS, FOREVER !

    Liberal Party Fanatics Demanding National Prohibition Against Pest Control Products — Vote Against Liberals — LINK

    http://pesticidetruths.com/2015/10/16/norahg-responds-to-those-imbeciles-planning-to-vote-for-liberal-party-of-canada-a-k-a-world-wildlife-federation-2015-10-16/

    Prohibitions Instigated By Liberal Party Fanatics ?!?! — The End Of The Golf Industry’s Pesticide Ban Exception Status — Decisions By Health Canada To Impose National Prohibitions — LINK

    http://pesticidetruths.com/2016/04/23/the-end-of-the-golf-industrys-pesticide-ban-exception-status-goodbye-iprodione/

    Predictions Concerning The Loss Of Its Pesticide Exception Status — The Looming Shipwreck Of The Golf Industry — LINK

    http://pesticidetruths.com/2015/12/21/golf-industrys-looming-shipwreck-predictions-concerning-the-loss-of-its-pesticide-exception-status-2009-encore-report/

    Business Destruction & Business Failures — LINKS

    http://pesticidetruths.com/carnage-leading-to-business-failures/

    http://pesticidetruths.com/toc/carnage-caused-by-anti-pesticide-prohibition/

    List Of Anti-Pesticide & Environmental-Terrorist Organizations — LINK

    http://pesticidetruths.com/toc/organizations/

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