Beekeepers reject bee health report: doesn't do enough to stem pesticide residues
The Canadian Press
Published Thursday, March 20, 2014 12:49PM EDT
MILTON, Ont. - The Ontario Beekeepers Association says it can't endorse the final report from the Bee Health Working Group.
The report released Wednesday by Premier Kathleen Wynne, acting as Minister of Agriculture, promotes the use of non-insecticide treated seed.
It also encourages the use of products and tools to reduce the risk of pollinators being exposed to dust containing neonicotinoids during planting.
But the association contends the government is incorrectly assuming that neonicotinoids could be safe for bees if applied properly at planting time.
It says the government is ignoring a growing body of scientific evidence proving that the spread of dust from planters is just one way these pesticides are devastating bee populations.
It says research has shown a significant pesticide residue in puddles and field water during late June, long after crops are planted and crop dust is a potential risk.