Neonics most widespread in Ontario’s horticultural regions

Neonicotinoids are present in streams and waterways throughout southern Ontario, says a new report from Environment Canada. However, southwestern Ontario and the Niagara region are the only parts of the province with hazardous levels of the insecticides in water. In a paper that will soon be published in the journal Chemosphere, Environment Canada scientists found […] Read more

Horticultural producers reject proposed neonic ban

Health Canada wants to ban the use of a common insecticide, but a representative of the Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers’ Association says the decision is deeply flawed. On Wednesday Health Canada released a proposal to phase out the use of imidacloprid, a neonicotinoid insecticide widely used by fruit and vegetable growers across the country. […] Read more

Health Canada proposes banning neonic

UPDATED – November 23, 2016 – 1535 CST – Health Canada is proposing to ban a Bayer neonicotinoid because the insecticide is a threat to aquatic insects in wetlands and other water bodies. In a teleconference with media early this afternoon, Health Canada said levels of imidacloprid in water bodies near agricultural land are unacceptably […] Read more

Bee deaths reported low this winter

After years of severe winter losses, Ontario bee colonies look great this spring as the vast majority of hives survived the winter. On Tibor Szabo’s beekeeping operation, near Moffat, Ont., essentially every hive is still alive. “I’m about 99 percent (survival),” said Szabo, Ontario Beekeepers’ Association (OBA) president. Winter losses weren’t quite as low at […] Read more

Ontario beekeepers dispute latest neonic study

A Health Canada study on neonicotinoid seed treatments has irritated beekeepers in Ontario and delighted defenders of the technology. However, it’s probably premature to be outraged or to celebrate because Health Canada will release two more reports on neonicotinoids later this year. The Pest Management Regulatory Agency, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the State […] Read more

PMRA takes neonics testing from lab to field

Report finds neonicotinoid insecticide used at the correct time does not compromise bee colony health

Health Canada has decided that laboratory experiments don’t count for much, at least when it comes to bees. In a report released in early January, the Pest Management Regulatory Agency said seeds treated with imidacloprid, a neonicotinoid insecticide, pose no risk to bees. “The residue levels in crop pollen and nectar resulting from seed treatment […] Read more

Honeybee colonies show increase despite ‘bee apocalypse’ reports

The opening line of an article posted on CBC News’s website last May summarized a commonly held belief about honeybees: “The collapse of bee colonies nationwide (in Canada) is well-established and beyond dispute.” A provocative lead, but not true. Statistics Canada data shows that honeybee colony numbers have increased steadily from 637,920 colonies in 2011 […] Read more

Neonics benefit corn, soybean growers: PMRA

Health Canada has determined that neonicotinoid seed treatments do provide economic value for Canadian corn and soybean growers. For corn, the national economic benefit is $74.2 to $83.3 million annually. “Or about 3.2 to 3.6 percent of the national farmgate value for corn in 2013,” the PMRA said. “The majority of these benefits appeared to […] Read more

PMRA finds neonics do not threaten bee health

Health Canada says seed coated with imidacloprid, an insecticide known as a neonicotinoid, does not pose a risk to bee health. Scientists with the Pest Management Regulatory Agency, which oversees agricultural pesticides, released a preliminary report today on imidacloprid and its potential impact on pollinators. The agency said there was “no potential risk to bees,” […] Read more

EPA finds neonic Gaucho threatens bees

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has found that imidacloprid, a neonicotinoid insecticide, poses a risk to bee colonies. In a preliminary risk assessment released this morning, the EPA said imidacloprid, a Bayer product with the brand name Gaucho, is a threat to bee hives when imidacloprid residues on a crop reach 25 parts per billion. […] Read more