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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.

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If Bees Are An Indicator Species

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1During the course of an interview with Gwen Barlee, of the Wilderness Committee, I asked if bees are an indicator species.

This transformed what started out as a conversation about the Canadian Standing Senate Committee’s findings on bees and bee health into a wider discussion. If bees are an indicator species, then the massive bee die-offs are another indication of what we are doing to our planet.

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Eugene Becomes America’s First Neonicotinoid Free City

By Roy L Hales

Screen shot 2014-03-18 at 3.43.47 PMEugene, Oregon,  just became the first city in North America to ban the use of neonicotinoid pesticides, which many believe are responsible for the decline honey bee populations. “
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Biopesticide Sector Expected to Grow to $4.5 Billion by 2023

By Roy L Hales

Screen shot 2014-03-18 at 3.43.47 PMNot too long ago, in a remote corner of India, a group of students sat down to eat a soy-bean curry. The lunch was government sponsored, but within a few hours 23 of them were dead Their food had been tainted with a deadly synthetic pesticide. The odds of an accident like this happening would have been much smaller the farmer had been using a biopesticide, said Lux Research Analyst Sara Olson.
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