Canadian beekeepers have filed suit again the large chemical companies Bayer and Syngenta, charging them with “negligence” in distributing pesticides that have caused widespread deaths of honeybees and subsequently decreased honey production.
A bee on the buckwheat. Photo by Doug Hardwick
The major pesticide in question, of course, is neonicotinoids, better known as neonics.
Here’s more on the suit from the Toronto Globe and Mail:
The lawsuit, which seeks $450-million in damages, alleges beekeepers experienced damaged or lost bee colonies, lost profits and unrecoverable costs as a result of neonic use on plants and crops. None of the allegations have been proven.
The case marks an escalation in the battle between Ontario beekeepers and chemical companies, two groups farmers rely on for pollination and crop protection.
The lead plaintiffs in the suit are Sun Parlor Honey Ltd. and Munro Honey, both of which are family-owned business in southwestern Ontario, the heart of the province’s agriculture sector. (quoted material)
In the USA, there is a suit asking the Environmental Protection Agency to rescind its approval of neonics. That suit has been filed by EarthJustice.org, and we reported on it here last week.
The responses from the chemical companies — which have millions of dollars invested in these pesticides — sound a lot like the tobacco companies of the 1970s and 1980s when they assured us that there was “no evidence” that tobacco had anything to do with lung cancer.
With the evidence piling up, do they really expect us to believe that?
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