With the month of July behind us, we wanted to take a closer look at what Ecojustice, our group of the month, had been up to, and their most recent case has got us absolutely buzzing!
Just two weeks ago, Ecojustice filed a lawsuit targeting the Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) and their unlawful registration of two types of insecticides (or “neonics”), Clothianidin and Thiamethoxam, which have been linked to statistics and studies regarding declining bee populations worldwide.
What’s the problem?
The PMRA’s continued registration of these neonics allows products containing them (nearly 40 as of this writing) to be sold and used in Canada. While agricultural applications of these products do protect crops from harmful pests, these effects also unfortunately extend to non-harmful pollinators, such as bees. Research has shown that neonics harm bees’ biological functions (such as reproduction and homing abilities), and that neonics are highly toxic to all bee species tested so far.
Clothianidin and Thiamethoxam have been registered for use in Canada by the PMRA for well over a decade, despite the fact that there have been no conclusive studies proving that these neonics are safe for the environment. Instead, they have been “conditionally” registered, which allows these chemicals to continue to be registered without requiring any public consultation.
What’s so great about the bees?
Pollinators, such as bees and other insects, are a major part of the global ecosystem. 80% of all flowering plants require pollinators to reproduce. One-third of the global food supply depends on pollinators. So while they might be a little scary when they’re buzzing around your head, remember that bees are an important part of keeping food on your plates!
What’s the goal of the lawsuit?
Ecojustice’s goal in filing this lawsuit is simple: The PMRA needs to follow its own rules, as well as the regulatory laws put in place by the government via the Pest Control Products Act.
The continued registration of the neonics Clothianidin and Thiamethoxam require that the PMRA consult the public, and that the chemicals be deemed safe before being registered. The ultimate goal is to ensure that, going forward, these legal standards are always met and that toxic pesticides undergo much more rigorous review processes before being registered.
How can I get involved?
The great news is that, just by being a customer of ContactsForLess.ca, you’re already helping! 51% of our profits for the month of July, by default, will be donated to Ecojustice in order to support important environmental cases just like this!
And if that just isn’t enough for you, you can also visit Ecojustice.ca to make a direct donation! Thank you so much for your support this past month, and remember: At ContactsForLess.ca, you can save money and save the planet!