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What’s Happening to Bees?

 

Globally bees are dying and nobody is quite sure why.  It could be one or a combination of factors:  colony collapse disorder (where worker bees abruptly disappear); varroa mites; small hive beetle; pesticides; cell phone signals; genetically modified crops; etc.  The problem is significant enough that people are scrambling to fix the problem.  

 

Update (Aug-2013)

Beekeepers are convinced that neonicotinoid pesticides are responsible since traces of the insecticide have been found in/on 80% of the tested dead bees.  The neonicotinoid pesticides are absorbed by plants and are effective at seeding and flowering times.  Beekeepers are asking that North American governments follow the European Union’s lead and put a moratorium on the use of neonicotinoid pesticides to remove at least one of the variables from the equation.  With enormous hive losses, beekeepers request action not words.

 

Update (Sep-2013)

Health Canada reports that “current agricultural practices related to the use of neonicotinoid treated corn and soybean seed are affecting the environment due to their impacts on bees and other pollinators … Consequently, we have concluded that current agricultural practices related to the use of neonicotinoid treated corn and soybean seed are not sustainable.”  (website

 

Proposed fixes include: 

-          Requiring the use of safer dust-reducing seed flow lubricants;

-          Requiring adherence to safer seed planting practices;

-          Requiring new pesticide and seed package labels with enhanced warnings; and,

-          Requiring updated value information be provided to support the continued need for neonicotinoid treatment on up to 100% of the corn seed and 50% of the soybean seed.

 

Comment period open until December 12, 2013 (although by then next year’s seeds will already be processed and packaged)  e-Mail your comments to:  pmra.publications@hc-sc.gc.ca (provide full name, organization, phone number, mailing address or e-mail address)

 

Update (Jun-2014)

Task Force on Systemic Pesticides & the Worldwide Integrated Assessment Report (video 11mins)

 

“Bees don't just make honey, they are vital to life on earth, every year pollinating 90% of plants and crops -- with an estimated $40bn value and over one-third of the food supply in many countries.” AVAAZ

 

 

 

Rallying to Protect the Monarch Butterfly

 

 

 


News About Bees

 

Date

yyyy-mm-dd

Posted By

Article Link

Comment

2018-06-11

CBC Radio

Scientists say restrictions on neonic pesticides aren't enough to save bees - we need a ban

 

2018-05-14

Ontario Beekeepers’ Association

Ontario Beekeepres Experience Overwhelming Losses (.pdf)

 

2018-03-16

EcoWatch / Lorraine Chow

Walmart Files Patent for Robot Bees

Lorraine Chow

2018-02-28

The Guardian

Total ban on bee-harming pesticides likely after major new EU analysis

Damian Carrington

2018-01-15

RealClearScience.com

Accidental Discovery Could Save Bees From Their Greatest Threat

Ross Pomeroy

- lithium chloride & varroa mites

2017-06-19

CBC News New Brunswick

Beetle infestation found in beehives imported from Ontario

Nathalie Sturgeon

2017-05-02

Globe and Mail

Study finds link between neonic pesticides and decline of bumblebee queens

Eric Atkins

2017-04-25

EcoWatch / Lorraine Chow

This Tiny Caterpillar Could Help Solve the World's Plastic Crisis

Lorraine Chow

2017-03-21

Toronto Star (USA)

Rusty patched bumblebee joins endangered species list

 

2017-03-09

The Western Producer

Glyphosate presence in honey raises concerns

Robert Amason

2016-09-01

Washington Post (USA)

‘Like it’s been nuked’: Millions of bees dead after South Carolina sprays for Zika mosquitoes

Ben Guarino

- South Carolina

2016-07-27

EcoWatch / Lorraine Chow

This Popular Insecticide Is Lowering Sperm Count in Honey Bees by 40%

Lorraine Chow

2016-07-25

EcoWatch / Food Tank

World's First Urban Bee Highway Helps Save Pollinators

Tasnim Abdi

2016-07-20

NewScientist.com

Water-bottle bees cool the hive after their overheated mates beg

Emily Benson

2016-07-08

CTV News

Beekeeper finds about a million dead bees in East Gwillimbury

 

2016-07-06

Globe and Mail

Environmental groups sue over federal permits for neonics

Mark Hume

2016-07-06

E360.yale.edu

Vanishing Act: Why Insects Are Declining and Why It Matters

Christian Schwӓgerl

2016-05-10

E360.yale.edu

How Rising CO2 Levels May

Contribute to Die-Off of Bees

Lisa Palmer

2016-03-03

TrueActivist.com

Mushroom Beehives Could Be The Solution To Colony Collapse

Amanda Froelich

2015-08-13

Guelph Mercury

Italy’s ban on neonicotinoids effective, U of G conference told

Joanne Shuttleworth

2015-06-09

Toronto Star

Ontario first in North America to curb bee-killing neonicotninoid pesticides

Robert Benzie

- effective July 1st

2015-05-20

Colossal

An Extraordinary Glimpse into the First 21 Days of a Bee’s Life in 60 Seconds

Christopher Jobson

2015-05-14

EcoWatch / Lorraine Chow

U.S. Honeybee Population Plummets by More Than 40%, USDA Finds

Lorraine Chow

2015-04-08

EcoWatch / Stefanie Spear

Lowe’s to Stop Selling Bee-Killing Pesticides to Protect Pollinators

Stefanie Spear

 

2015-03-05

EcoWatch / Stefanie Spear

Record-Setting Indiegogo Campaign at $4.7 Million Takes Honeybee Entrepreneurs to New Heights

Stefanie Spear

“Flow”

2015-02-23

EcoWatch / Anastasia Pantsios

Revolutionary Honey Harvesting Beehive Crowdsources $2 Million in First Day

Anastasia Pantsios

“Flow”

2015-02-20

Youtube / TheBeeVlog

Honey On Tap? - Bee Vlog Review - Feb 20, 2015 (5 mins)

TheBeeVlog

“Flow”

2015-02-10

EcoWatch / Dr. David Suzuki

Global Ban on Bee-Killing Neonics Needed Now

Dr. David Suzuki

2014-11-25

Government of Ontario Environment Registry

EBR 012-3068: Proposal for Enhancing Pollinator Health and Reducing the Use of Neonicotinoid Pesticides in Ontario

Comment until January 25, 2015

2014-11-25

Globe and Mail

Ontario to restrict use of pesticide linked to bee deaths

Eric Atkins

2014-11-25

Huffington Post

Ontario First Province To Crack Down On Pesticides Linked To Mass Die-Off Of Bees

Michael Bolen

2014-11-17

Ring of Fire Radio

DuPont Leak Adds To the Company’s Harmful and Deadly Past

Joshua De Leon

2014-11-17

Globe and Mail

Doctors, nurses urge ban on neonic pesticides

Eric Atkins

2014-10-16

NaturalSociety.com

Victory: Judge Deprives Monsanto of GM Planting Permit in Mexico, Protects the Bees

Christina Sarich

2014-10-01

Guardian (UK)

Neonicotinoid ban hit UK farmers hard

Louise Gray

2014-10-08

CTV News Toronto

Newsclip:  Ontario facing ecological threat

Paul Bliss

2014-10-08

Toronto Star

Algonquin Park logging, bee-killing pesticides targeted by environment watchdog

Rob Ferguson

2014-10-07

CTV News

Pesticides linked to bee deaths pose 'massive' ecological threat, watchdog warns

Keith Leslie

2014-08-27

Collective Evolution

Monsanto Loses GMO Permit in Mexico – Judge Sides With the Bees

 

2014-08-22

BBC News

Urban areas are hives for wild bees

Mark Kinver

2014-08-21

RealAgriculture

Deflectors, Fluency Agent and Seed Polymers — An Integrated Approach to Bee Safety

- Bernard Tobin & Tracey Baute, field crop entomologist OMAFRA

- 7 min audioclip

2014-08-20

Stettler Independent

Opinion: Facts sting bee crisis allegations

Will Verboven

- “no bee population loss crisis”

2014-08-20

CTV News Barrie

Farmers learn how to protect bee population

Video newsclip

2014-08-20

Orangeville Citizen

Pesticides blamed as local beekeepers’ losses soar

Tabitha Wells

2014-07-09

Alberta Sun

Alberta apparently unfazed by science regarding bee-threatening pesticide

Matt Dykstra, Edmonton Sun

2014-06-24

RT

Pesticides linked to honeybee decline are affecting other species, scientists say

(direct video link)

2014-06-23

EcoWatch / Beyond Pesticides

Obama Mandates Precedent-Setting Task Force to Protect Honey Bees and Other Pollinators

 

2014-06-20

BBC News

US sets up honey bee loss task force

 

2014-05-29

iPolitics.ca

Ontario county bans controversial pesticide as bee health debate continues

Kelsey Johnson

2014-05-09

Harvard School of Public Health

Study strengthens link between neonicotinoids and collapse of honey bee colonies

Harvard

2014-04-17

EcoWatch / Greenpeace EU

New Report Reveals Two-Thirds of European Honeybee Pollen Contaminated By Dozens of Pesticides

 

2014-03-26

CTV News London

Environmental groups want pesticide makers to release bee-death studies

The Canadian Press

2014-03-26

Toronto Sun

Health Canada not ready to ban bee-killing pesticide

Jessica Hume

2014-03-24

Catch the Buzz

Study Reveals that Cost Outweigh Benefits of Toxic Insecticides Implicated in Bee Kills

 

2014-03-20

Youtube / TEDx Talks

No bees, no food: John Miller at TEDxUNC

John Miller

2014-03-19

The Organic View

Netherlands Bans neonicotinoids As EPA Advises to Move Bees

June Stoyer

2013-12-03

Sum of Us

Petition: Tell Health Cda to enact sensible restrictions on pesticides now

 

2013-12-01

Gizmag

Glass diagnostic tools use honey bees to sniff out cancer

Bridget Borgobello

2013-12-01

Comment:

European Union imposed a two-year ban on neonicotinoids.

 

2013-11-28

Sierra Club Canada

New study should convince government to ban bee killing pesticide

Media Release

2013-10-24

EcoWatch / Beyond Pesticides

Scientists Discover Key Molecule Linking Neonicotinoids to Honey Bee Viruses

Readersupportednews.org

 

2013-10-19

Global News

16x9 Full Story:  Flight of the Bees

Video

2013-10-10

EcoWatch / Beyond Pesticides

Pesticides to Blame for Massive Bee Deaths in Minnesota

- fipronil

2013-10-04

Daily Mail Online (UK)

The hornets of your nightmares: Swarms of massive insects kill more than 40 and injure 1,600 in China

Jill Reilly

- impact on honey bee in France

2013-09-25

iPetition

Petition:  Change the Ontario Bee Act

 

2013-09-25

Government of Ontario

Statement on Progress of Bee Health Working Group

Kathleen Wynne

2013-09-16

Sierra Club Canada

Government agency admits pesticides behind bee deaths but still refuses to take action

Media Release

2013-09-13

Health Canada

Notice of Intent, NOI2013-01, Action to Protect Bees from Exposure to Neonicotinoid Pesticides

 

2013-09-12

Home.ezezine.com

Utah Honey has Beekeepers Seeing Red

Cassi J. Lee, Bryan D. Merrill, William J. Burnett, Sandra H. Burnett

- red honey from crushed candy canes

2013-09-12

Change.org

Petition: Save Ontario’s bees: ban the use of neonicotinoid pesticides

Ontario Beekeepers’ Association

2013-09-11

CBC

Huge honey bee losses across Canada dash hopes of upturn

Amber Hildebrandt

Correction: Shipping USA bees to Cda is banned due to small hive beetle not varroa mites

2013-09-02

Sum of Us (EU)

Petition:  Don’t let Bayer overturn the ban on bee-killing pesticides

 

2013-08-28

Nature

Blog:  EU insecticide ban triggers legal action

 

2013-08-19

Pesticide Action Network (PAN) North America

Petition:  Tell EPA’s new leader: Step up & protect bees

 

2013-08-14

Grist

“Bee-friendly” plants could be bee killers

John Upton

- plants from Home Depot, Lowe’s, etc.

2013-07-26

Treehugger

Scientists discover another cause of bee deaths, and it’s really bad news

Jaymi Heimbuch

2013-07-24

Daily News (McMaster)

What’s that buzzing sound …?

- Beekeeping project on campus

2013-07-24

Quartz

Scientists discover what’s killing the bees and it’s worse than you thought

Todd Woody

- chemical brew of pesticides and fungicides

2013-07-05

Toronto Star

Ontario honey bees dropping like flies: Beekeeper blames seed pesticides

Alex Ballingall

2013-07-09

CBC News

What's killing Canadian honeybees?

Janet Thomson, Manmeet Ahluwalia

2013-07-05

Sierra Club Canada

Petition Save the Bees, Please

 

2013-07-02

Guelph Mercury

Opinion: Sudden death of Guelph-area bees raises new questions

Troy Bridgeman

2013-07-02

Ezezine

[US] Tariff on Chinese honey to Increase?

 

2013-07-01

Care2 Petition Site

Petition to Bee Lovely and Help Save the Bees

Deadline:  July 14, 2013

2013-07-01

Collective Evolution

Over 30 million bees found dead in Elmwood, Canada

Arjun

2013-06-26

Thepost.on.ca

Almost 40 million bees lost from Elmwood farm

Jon Radojkovic

2013-06-15

Daily Mail (UK)

What your supermarket will look like if bees die out: Empty shelves, scant produce options

Ashley Collman

2013-06-11

EcoWatch / Greenpeace

Worldwide Honey Bee Collapse:  A Lesson in Ecology

Rex Weyler

2013-05-24

Global Research

Illinois illegally seizes bees resistant to Monsanto’s Roundup; Kills remaining Queens

 

2013-05-21

Ezezine

Chinese Honey Smuggled into France

“In 15 years, the production of honey in France has been halved, mainly because of pesticides, meanwhile the rate of importing has tripled”

2013-05-10

National Geographic

The Plight of the Honeybee

Jennifer S. Holland

2013-05-08

Beyond Pesticides/ EcoWatch

EPA approves new pesticide highly toxic to bees

sulfoxaflor

2013-05-06

Quartz

America is one bad winter away from a food disaster, thanks to dying bees

Todd Woody

2013-05-01

Plos One

Macro-Invertebrate Decline in Surface Water Polluted with Imidacloprid

 

2013-04-30

AVAAZ.org

Petition to Bayer: Save the Bees!

 

2013-04-30

CBC News

Mass honeybee deaths linked to insecticides

 

2013-04-29

BBC News Europe

Bee deaths: EU to ban neonicotinoid pesitcides

clothianidin, imidacloprid and thiametoxam

2013-04-08

Green Party of Canada

Petition to ban the use of neonicotinoids in Canada

Elizabeth May

2013-04-03

Dan Rather Reports

Video – Buzzkill

Documenting extremely large hive losses

2013-02-28

Associated Press

Plight of the American Bumblebee:  Disappearing?

Seth Borenstein

2013-02-21

National Geographic

Bees Can Sense the Electric Fields of Flowers

Ed Yong

2013-02-14

SaveOurEnvironment.org

Petition to Ban Colony Collapse-causing Chlothiandidin

European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) recently release study based on a risk assessment of neonicotinoids – concludes unacceptably high risk to bees

2013-01-31

SumOfUs.org

Petition to Bayer to take neonicotinoid pesticide off market

 

2013-01-29

AVAAZ.org

Petition to EU to ban pesticides

 

2013-01-26

Wikipedia

Colony Collapse Disorder

 

2012-04-06

Christian Science Monitor

Studies fault Bayer in bee die-off

Josephine Marcott

2012-01-11

Purdue University

Researchers: Honeybee deaths linked to seed insecticide exposure

 

2012

Viooz.co

Movie:  More than Honey (95 mins)

Markus Imhoof

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APPENDICES

 

APPENDIX A

 

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APPENDIX B

 

DSF e-mail 24-Jun-2014

 

To:

"Hon. Rona Ambrose" <rona.ambrose@parl.gc.ca>
"Min. Mary Polak" <env.minister@gov.bc.ca>
"Min. Robin Campbell" <esrd.minister@gov.ab.ca>
"Min. Scott Moe" <smoe@mla.legassembly.sk.ca>
"Min. Gord Mackintosh" <minconws@leg.gov.mb.ca>
"Min. Glen Murray" <gmurray.mpp@liberal.ola.org>
"Min. Randy Delorey" <min_env@gov.ns.ca>
"Min. Danny Soucy" <danny.soucy@gnb.ca
"Min. Terry French" <terryfrench@gov.nl.ca>
"Min. Janice Sherry" <jasherry@gov.pe.ca>
"Min. Currie Dixon" <currie.dixon@gov.yk.ca>
"Min. J. Michael Miltenberger" <michael_miltenberger@gov.nt.ca>
"Min. Johnny Mike" <info@gov.nu.ca>
"Min. David Heurtel" <dheurtel@assnat.qc.ca>

Subject

It’s time to ban bee-killing pesticides

Body

Dear Ministers: I am writing to bring to your attention the findings of a significant new study on neonicotinoid pesticides (“neonics”). On June 25, the International Task Force on Systemic Pesticides – an international group of independent scientists – released the results of a comprehensive analysis of 800 peer-reviewed studies on neonics – a massive, four-year undertaking. This unprecedented scientific assessment confirms harmful effects of neonics on bees and highlights serious risks to many other beneficial species, including butterflies, earthworms and birds. The authors of the study conclude: “…there is clear evidence of harm sufficient to trigger regulatory action.” I am also concerned about possible human health effects of neonics in our food and water. These pesticides may harm the human brain and nervous system. Some are suspected endocrine disrupters linked to harmful effects on reproduction. Last year, Europe announced a moratorium on the use of three neonics on bee-attracting crops. Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency has confirmed that neonics used on corn seed is a contributing factor to bee die-offs in Ontario and Quebec. However, these pesticides remain in widespread use. You can change that. Federal and provincial governments should ban the use and sale of neonics without further delay. Please do your part.