Bees are critical to food security
What are Neonicotinoids?
- Neonicotinoids (neonics) are systemic pesticides that are absorbed into plant tissues. Once applied, they spread through the entire plant, including the stems, flowers, pollen and nectar.
- Neonicotinoids can poison bees directly, and even low-level exposure can lead to sub-lethal effects such as altered learning, impaired foraging and immune suppression.
- Neonicotinoids are used on virtually 100% of corn seed, and on a large percentage of soy, wheat, and canola seed.
- Neonicotinoids are applied to crops using seed coatings, sprays, soil drenches and granules.
- Hard to believe, but new neonicotinoid pesticides have been approved since PMRA announced neonicotinoids were under review.
Help To Make The Single Most Effective Change For Bees
What You Can Do:
- Send a Letter to Minister of Health Philpott – let her know we appreciate getting rid of conditional registrations but it’s only a first step.
- Send Our Letters to Garden Centres – ask them to stop selling plants and seeds treated with bee-killing pesticides.
- Find out which Retailers are Acting on Neonicotinoids – labelling their plants or phasing-out neonics altogether.
- Create A Bee Cause Space at Home – learn how to support our pollinators in your own backyard.