Beekeepers Sue Bayer & Syngenta for $400 Million Over Bee-Killing Pesticides
A class action lawsuit was filed this week in the Ontario Superior Court on behalf of all Canadian Beekeepers. The claim is seeking over $400 Million in damages from Bayer Cropscience Inc., Syngenta Canada Inc., and their parent companies, makers of a widely used pesticide blamed for massive bee deaths.
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Bayer maintains that the risk to bees from the pesticide is low although an international panel of 50 scientists working as the Task Force on Systemic Pesticides said they have conclusive evidence that two widely used pesticides are killing bees, other insects, and harming the environment, reports Global News.
Scientists said in June that a study of 800 research papers provides groundbreaking evidence that the pesticides are responsible for massive pollinator deaths which are essential for most crops.
The poisons in question are neonicotinoid pesticides, specifically those containing imidacloprid, clothianidin and thiomethoxam which are neurotoxins to insects. These chemicals are widely coated on crops such as corn, soybean and rapeseed (canola) in Canada to protect the plants from pests such as aphids.
According to CBC News,
Studies have shown that bees exposed to the pesticides have smaller colonies, fail to return to their hives, and may have trouble navigating. The pesticides were also found in 70 per cent of dead bees tested by Health Canada in 2013.
The neonicotinoid pesticides, which have been banned by the European Commission, are thought to be responsible for a 58 per cent death toll of bees in Ontario this past winter.
The lawsuit announced this week by The Ontario Beekeepers Association, is being lead by Sun Parlor Honey Ltd. and Munro Honey, two of Ontario’s largest honey producers.
They claim that the use of neonicotinoid pesticides resulted in:
- Damage or death to beekeepers’ colonies and breeding stock.
- Toxic, contaminated beeswax, honeycombs and hives.
- A decrease in overall honey production.
- A loss of profits and unrecoverable costs, such as an increase in labor and supply costs.
Affected beekeepers who would like to join the suit are asked to contact Paula Lombardi at the London, Ont.-based law firm Siskinds LLP.
Source | RealFarmacy