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Ontario Bees in Peril (if you like to eat or enjoy nature, read on)

I grabbed this from Facebook with the permission of my lovely ecofeminist friend, Dawn Dietrich.

Bees are responsible for pollinating more than 30 per cent of the food that we eat and 90 per cent of trees, flowers and other wild plants (Ontario Beekeeper’s Association). Powerful insecticides, called neonicotinoids, are considered to be the cause of massive honey bee deaths occurring all over Ontario (Ontario Association of Beekeepers; Ministry of Agriculture). 

These are not isolated incidences, however, as this insecticide has been wreaking havoc across the globe for years, with the EU even placing a moratorium on its use. In Ontario, as a Ministry of Agriculture Food and Rural Affairs entomologist points out, “virtually all corn seed is treated with neonicotinoid”. Indeed, just a few weeks ago, over 30,000,000 (MILLON!) bees were found dead in Elmwood, Ontario and the cause appears to be acute neonicotinoid poisoning. Over fifty years ago Rachel Carson tried to demonstrate the fallacy of using synthetic chemical pesticides, but apparently we weren’t ready to listen, because not only are we still applying these poisonous chemicals, but (and this brings me to the sheer absurdity of it all) when this pesticide is banned another will just come along and replace it. 

Today, as I walked past a strip-mall lawn being sprayed with pesticides, I couldn’t help but think about the fate of honey bees, trees, and general human/nonhuman health. I couldn’t help wonder why we continue to allow this to happen? Is this the world you really want to live in, people? Are cheap, poisonous grains worth it? Are toxic lawns and rivers worth it? I know my answer – not a chance in hell!!! If you agree, do something about it! Say no to chemicals! Buy local, organic fruits and vegetables when possible. 

Contact your local MPP/MP and tell them you don’t want toxins in your food and cities/towns (see your municipal regulations – most cities allow for pesticide use on parks, golf courses and commercial properties). Join your neighbourhood association and start lobbying your local government as a collective. If you care, do something…anything. But please, whatever you do, don’t remain silent anymore.