Tuesday, Nov 29, 2016
The War on Water
Dr. Meg Sears, PhD, Chair and Science Advisor, Prevent Cancer Now
n an abrupt turn-around, on November 23, 2016, Health Canada announced plans to phase out an insecticide that gained both notoriety and bans in Europe, for killing bees. In Canada, imidacloprid runoff is polluting water.
“We are pleased that Canada will eventually catch up with Europe in banning this one neonicotinoid, though after decades of delays the adverse impacts from this persistent chemical are far from over,” said Dr. Meg Sears, Chair of Prevent Cancer Now. “We must shift to least-toxic alternative practices, and not merely substitute a look-alike chemical that is just as bad. Several similar insecticides on the Canadian market are under review."
Imidacloprid was used for more than 20
years in Canada under a “temporary registration” based upon
incomplete information. Critics included the Commissioner of the
Environment and Sustainable Development.
A Bee is covered by pollen wikipedi/image
Prevent Cancer Now has repeatedly
called Health Canada’s attention to “environmental fate” information
suggesting that the persistent, mobile, highly toxic 2CP
(2-chloropyridine) arises from several neonicotinoids (e.g. see here
and here). Sears concludes, “Chemicals that work in concert in the
wild also team up to harm us. We've got to find better ways.”
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