Bees are the world's most important pollinator of food crops: it is estimated that one third of the food that Canadians consume daily each day relies on pollination mainly by bees, but also by other insects, such as birds and bats;
The Government of Canada’s Bee Incident Reports 2012-2016 suggests that the Canadian bee population is gravely deteriorating by 25% yearly due to insecticides and pesticides used in agriculture;
The Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) investigation and analysis of pesticide residues suggested that exposure to neonicotinoids in dust generated during the planting of treated corn or soybean seed with vacuum planters contributed to observed mortalities of bees; and
Health Canada's PMRA ongoing assessments of neonicotinoid insecticides are planning to reduce them.
We, the undersigned, Citizens of Canada, call upon the House of Commons to instruct the Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development to study the protection of the bees in order to:
1) Enact comprehensive legislation to protect the bees in collaboration with the provinces and territories;
2) Accelerate the further reduction of the use of neonicotinoid insecticides; and
3) Create a National Bee Protection day in order to raise awareness about the importance of bees for a healthy ecosystem.
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