Dear Mr. Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada
RE: FIGHT BEE COLONY COLLAPSE DISORDER, SUSPEND THE USE OF NEONICOTINOID PESTICIDES
In light of recent information linking bees exposed to neonicotinoid pesticides to having smaller colonies, failing to return to their hives, and possibility having trouble navigating, do you perhaps believe it is time that you and your federal government step in and suspend the use of these pesticide?
In the past ten years a phenomenon known as Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) has been experienced by bee keepers throughout Canada, which strongly presents a risk to food production in this country. Should we have to remind our government that without the bee population pollinating our agricultural crops food production is drastically reduced, the agricultural industry suffers, and generations to come are jeapordized? What is worse is that if we allow neonicotinoid pesticides to continue to destroy the bee population, the damage will be irreversible and no amount of science, public funding, company bailouts, or political posturing will bring back our bees.
Make no mistake, Mr. Harper, this is not a problem to ignore. Canadian citizens have been watching this travesty, and talking about it through social media, television news stories, radio talk shows, newspapers and in polite and not so polite circles.
Colony Collapse Disorder is no longer a one-off mystery; a cause has been discovered and it points to the use of Neonicotinoid Pesticides. Now is the time to take positive action and suspend the use of neonicotinoid pesticides with the goal of banning them when all the scientific facts can be verified.
Mr. Harper, we placed our trust in you and the Conservative Government to do the right thing. Saving the bee population for future generations, and for maintaining a balanced eco-system is not a small issue. It is the responsibility of being a good steward for what we, mankind, have been entrusted.
The world needs to act, and Canada needs to be the leader in this initiative. Please Mr Harper, make Canada a leader, suspend and ultimately ban the use of Neonicotinoid Pesticides.
We await your answer.
Brian K. Hahn
PO Box 580,
Millet, Alberta. Canada
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