By Kevin Bernard
Owner of Saugeen Country Honey is happy with the announcement to control the use of neonicotinoids.
The owner of Saugeen Country Honey in Elmwood is commending the Ontario government for introducing legislation to curb neonicotinoid related bee deaths.
Dave Schuit has lost more than 100-million bees, and he says the province's plan to slash pesticide linked pollinator deaths by 80 percent by 2017 is a "good start".
Schuit tells Bayshore Broadcasting News all "systemic pesticides are tearing the ecosystem apart, from treated seeds, to plants, to the fruit we eat, it's all toxic."
Agricultural Minister, Jeff Leal, is also promising to reduce the over-winter honeybee mortality rate to 15 percent by 2020 and establish a comprehensive Pollinator Health Action Plan.
If approved, the rules on the use of neonicotinoids will take effect by July 1st, 2015.
Although Schuit says the legislation is a "good start", it's too far away.
He expects the new year to be his most difficult season yet.
According to Schuit, neonicotinoids have already been banned in Europe and Japan won't accept certain crops from Canada with enough pesticide parts-per-million.
He tells us one seed of treated corn or soybeans is enough to kill an entire bee-hive, which consists of roughly 80,000 pollinators.
In 2012-13, the The bee mortality rate was 28.6 percent.
A Health Canada report has suggested that seeds treated with the insecticide contributed to the majority of the bee deaths in Ontario and Quebec in 2012, likely due to exposure of the pesticide-laced dust during planting.
The governing Liberals say they will seek input from the industry, researchers, organizations and individuals in consultations held over the next two months.
There is now a tentative deal to settle part of a class-action lawsuit filed over an E. coli outbreak and the largest meat recall in Canadian history.
The lawsuit against X-L Foods in Alberta is for the tainted beef recall in 2012.
Edmonton lawyer Rick Mallett says the settlement is to cover refunds to consumers for products that were recalled.
The proposed one-million-dollar settlement is to go before a judge early next year for approval.
X-L Foods recalled more than 1.8 million kilos of beef in Canada and U-S.