OTTAWA — Four major environmental groups are demanding that Ottawa force pesticide makers to provide scientific studies looking at whether their products are killing bees.
Health Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency has been asking registered pesticide manufacturers for the studies since 2004.
But despite several notices, the studies haven’t been produced, while the pesticides in question continue to be manufactured and sold.
Beekeepers, meanwhile, are growing ever more alarmed as their bees continue to die off.
It’s a serious issue for Canada’s multibillion dollar agricultural industry, since bees pollinate a wide variety of crops.
John Bennett of Sierra Club Canada Foundation says the government needs to listen to beekeepers who are suggesting so-called neonicotinoid pesticides are toxic to bees.
“It’s the beekeepers who are supplying the evidence (of toxicity),” Bennett said Wednesday.
“But their dead bees are being ignored.”