Even while tens of millions of bees die, Health Canada isn’t doing anything.
On December 1, the European Union imposed a two year ban on neonicotinoids, the pesticide manufactured by Bayer that scientists have tied to the massive global bee die-off. It’s a bold step and not a moment too soon. With up to a third of all honeybees vanishing each winter, beekeepers are saying that we are “on the brink” of losing our crops’ vital pollinators.
The Canadian government agency in charge, Health Canada, has been dragging its feet for years. But we need a pollinator-friendly policy now, to ensure a safe, sustainable environment for future generations.
It’s not an exaggeration to say we owe our prosperity and even our survival to millions of bees. Bees are responsible for pollinating over 30% of world’s food supply, and they help generate over hundreds of billions to the global economy. And bees are dying worldwide. This summer, a shocking 37 million bees were reported dead across a single farm in Ontario. Bee die offs aren’t one off incidents — in China, the situation has gotten so bad that farmers are forced to hand-pollinate their trees.
SumOfUs have been right at the front of the global campaign to save our bees. Over 360,000 of us have already demanded that Bayer drop the lawsuit to stop the two-year neonicotinoid ban in Europe. We also came together to fight Bayer at a huge independent garden store show in Chicago, where the German chemical maker was out in force. Tens of thousands from the Canadian SumOfUs community also took action to demand that big stores Home Depot and Lowe’s stop selling the bee killing chemicals. Now, we need to ask Health Canada to take action to save the bees.
You can bet the pesticide manufacturers are shovelling cash at lobbyists in order to continue selling their poisonous products in Canada. But we’re not here to protect corporate profits, we’re here to protect our ecosystem to ensure our future. Join in today to protect Canada’s ecosystem.
Demand that Health Canada take action on protecting our bees.