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Post by Kaere on Sun Sep 07, 2014 7:35 am

http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/canadian-beekeepers-sue-bayer-and-syngenta-over-neonicotinoid-pesticides-1.2754441

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Canadian beekeepers are suing the makers of popular crop pesticides for more than $400 million in damages, alleging that their use is causing the deaths of bee colonies.

The proposed class action lawsuit was filed Tuesday in the Ontario Superior Court on behalf of all Canadian beekeepers by Sun Parlor Honey Ltd. and Munro Honey, two of Ontario's largest honey producers, the Ontario Beekeepers Association announced Wednesday.

"The goal is to stop the use of the neonicotinoids to stop the harm to the bees and the beekeepers," said Paula Lombardi, a lawyer with London, Ont.-based law firm Siskinds LLP, which is handling the case.

As of Thursday morning, more than 30 beekeepers had signed on to participate in the class action.
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Post by Rogue on Sun Sep 07, 2014 8:04 am


Well funny you should mention this. I realise this has been a problem that has been growing for the last few years. Fewer and fewer Bees. And then just yesterday at the supermarket the Honey shelves were nearly bare. The sign said something along the lines of there being big shortage of Honey now in Australia making it very hard to find supplies.
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Post by Kaere on Sun Sep 07, 2014 8:25 am

!!! *shakes head sadly*

I hope things turn around for the bees quickly... there simply has to be a better way to manage pests.
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Post by Rockhopper on Sun Sep 07, 2014 4:03 pm

No shortage of honey here yet. No shortage of bees either so far. The Bumblebees are out now and foraging.

I don't use sprays on my garden, do use a bit of Derris Dust when I need to but.

Monsanto has a lot to answer for as well. Their GMO's have been linked to hive collapse.

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