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Make Pesticide Companies Release Bee Death Studies or Ban Their Products, Health Canada Told

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 The natural ecosystem on Earth is being chemically engineered as pesticides pour into the environment, year after year. As crops soak up the pesticides into their roots, stems, flowers and pollen, wildlife is put at risk.

Tiny and slight, insects are directly impacted by these chemicals as they pollinate. Over time, this toxicity wears on these important pollinators, causing their biology to shut down. Consequently, massive bee deaths have been reported on consistently at rural farms in Canada's Ontario and Quebec provinces. The devastation is now seen at the farm level and is being linked to neonicotinoid-based pesticides like clothianidin, imidacloprid and thiamethoxam.

As pollinators die off, environmentalist groups in Canada have begun to pressure the regulatory agency Health Canada, telling the agency to require pesticide manufacturers to release bee death studies or have their products banned.

In 2013, a European commission introduced a comprehensive ban on the DDT-like neonicotinoid-based pesticides clothianidin, imidacloprid and thiamethoxam. Scientific studies linking these chemicals to declining bee populations prompted the European Commission to take action. According to The Guardian, drenching seeds in these pesticides causes crops to absorb 1.6% to 20% of the chemical, as it passes into the pollen.

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