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Letter to the Editor: Ban neonics. Period

July 8, 2014
By Anne Bell
The Globe and Mail

Re Pesticide Linked To Bee Deaths To Be Restricted In Ontario (Re-port on Business, July 7): Its great to see Ontario take the lead on restricting neonicotinoid pesticides (neonics), but the government needs to go much further than the proposed licensing system.

An international review of more than 600 studies, released this summer, indicates neonics have led to the widespread contamination of soil, water and vegetation, where they remain for months, even years. Designed to disrupt the central nervous system of organisms, these pesticides are known to adversely affect many pollinator species including bees, butterflies and birds.

With respect to bees, for example, neonics cause direct mortality and also impact navigation, learning, food collection, resistance to disease and fecundity.

Isnt it ironic and lamentable that to grow food, were using insecticides that have lethal or sublethal effects on beneficial organisms, like pollinators, which are vital to healthy food systems?

These pesticides merit the same fate as DDT an outright ban.

Anne Bell, director of conservation and education, Ontario Nature

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