Neonicotinoids represent a class of pesticides used to coat corn, soybean and canola seeds and have been widely in use since 2004. The county has requested the federal and provincial government to declare a prohibition on the use of neonicotinoid crop treatments and is following in the footsteps of the European Union which has already imposed a two year moratorium on the use of these insecticides.
The Canadian officials have previously refrained from taking any steps to act against pesticides linked to massive bee deaths. In September, Health Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) responsible for regulating pesticides in Canada discovered neonicotinoid contaminated dust had caused severe bee mortality in Ontario and Quebec. Researchers have previously linked the slightest exposure to neonicotinoids to a bee colony collapse and death. The pesticides, the study said, also impede a bee’s ability to survive the winter.
The problem that farmers are running into is that neonicotinoid-free seeds are not readily available with an estimated 92 to 95 per cent of planted corn in Canada and the United States coated in neonicotinoids.
The Prince Edward county council has made a voting poll available to measure the public confidence in its ban. http://www.quintenews.com/2014/05/prince-edward-council-against-neonicotinoids/65631/