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Monday, October 13, 2014

Neonicotinoid pesticides linked to bee deaths are 'biggest threat' to ecosystem

<<All the science is not done, but everything that I have before me ... suggests to me that this is the biggest threat to the structure and ecological integrity of the ecosystem that I have ever encountered in my life, bigger than DDT, " said Environmental Commissioner Gord Miller as he released his annual report.

Dichloro-diphenyl-trichloroethane was banned in Canada in 1972 because of environmental and safety concerns, and even Environment Minister Glen Murray admitted the neonicotinoid class of pesticides is "much more toxic" than DDT.

"It is persistent in the environment and stays there for years. About 94 per cent of it doesn't go into the plants, it goes into the soil," said Murray.>>

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