FUD /fəd/, noun fear, uncertainty and doubt, usually evoked intentionally in order to put a competitor at a disadvantage. The Grain Farmers of Ontario have been very vocal opponents of Ontario’s recently approved and soon to be implemented restrictions on the neonicotinoid pesticide seed treatments. If you listen to their argument, it’s going to mean the end of grain farming …
The Toronto Star takes down the Bees Matter campaign
I think I’m in love with Toronto Star columnist Catherine Porter. 😆 Her column today is a take-down of this week’s Bees Matter newspaper ads that ran across Ontario and she jumps in with guns blazing: The pesticide lobby funded an “open letter to Ontarians” published a couple times this week as a full-page ad in all the major newspapers, including …
Neonicotinoid Contamination of Waterways Widespread in Midwest US
So much for Bayer’s promises that clothianidin breaks down quickly and isn’t a danger to wildlife. USGS Release: Insecticides Similar to Nicotine Widespread in Midwest
Another Silent Spring? | George Monbiot
George Monbiot writes in The Guardian: Here’s our choice. We wait and see whether a class of powerful pesticides, made by Bayer and Syngenta, is indeed pushing entire ecosystems to oblivion, or we suspend their use while proper trials are conducted. The natural world versus two chemical companies: how hard can this be? via Another Silent Spring? | George Monbiot.
Beekeepers question Bayer CropScience at Guelph symposium | CTV Barrie News
Good for Jim Coneybeare. These people really need to have their feet publicly held to the fire. Beekeepers question Bayer CropScience at Guelph symposium | CTV Barrie News.
As Honeybees Die Off, First Inventory of Wild Bees Is Under Way
Great idea, but I don’t know if I could count that high without losing track! 😉 As Honeybees Die Off, First Inventory of Wild Bees Is Under Way | Nat Geo Food.
Ontario’s neonic restrictions will destroy the province?
I was just reading an article in the Kingston Whig Standard about beekeepers and Ontario’s proposed restrictions on the use of neonicotinoid pesticides. Beeks are happy and hopeful, but the corn and soybean industry is in a frothing panic. According to a Conference Board of Canada report, paid for by the Grain Farmers of Ontario and industry group CropLife Canada, …
Pesticide linked to bee deaths to be restricted in Ontario – The Globe and Mail
Hit off the Globe & Mail’ presses comes word that Ontario is planning to do something about the rampany overuse of neonicotinoid pesticides: http://m.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/pesticide-linked-to-bee-deaths-to-be-restricted-in-ontario/article19480431/?service=mobile It’s not a ban, but it’s a step in the right direction. Hopefully, whatever kind of permit scheme they come up with will make a difference.
Australian wholesaler stung with $30,000 fine for fake honey
An Australian supplier of Mediterranean and Turkish food products has been stung with a $30,600 fine for misrepresenting its “Victoria Honey” product, which is neither derived from bees nor made in Victoria. The ACCC found Melbourne-based distributor Basfoods to have made misrepresentations on its product labelling and its website that suggested its “Victoria Honey” was produced by honey bees, when …
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