Task Force on Systemic Pesticides to release update to its 2015 assessment

OTTAWA (Sep. 18, 2017) — The Task Force on Systemic Pesticides (TFSP) will provide an update on its assessment of the ecological impacts of bee-killing neonicotinoids and the systemic pesticide fipronil at a news conference on Parliament Hill tomorrow morning.

  • WhenTuesday, Sep. 1910 – 10:30 a.m. ET
  • Where: Charles Lynch Room, Centre Block, Parliament Hill, 111 Wellington St., Ottawa
  • What: Release of the 2017 update to the Task Force on Systemic Pesticides’ 2015 Worldwide Integrated Assessment of the Effects of Systemic Pesticides on Biodiversity and Ecosystems
  • Speakers:
    • Dr. Jean-Marc Bonmatin, vice-chair of the international Task Force on Systemic Pesticides and research scientist at the French National Centre for Scientific Research
    • Dr. Faisal Moola, director-general, David Suzuki Foundation
    • Dr. Jeremy Kerr, University Research Chair in Macroecology and Conservation and Professor, Department of Biology, University of Ottawa

Neonics are among the most widely used insecticides in Canada. Health Canada has proposed to phase out the commonly used neonic pesticide imidacloprid within three-to-five years, and has launched special reviews of other neonics currently registered for use in Canada.

The TFSP’s 2017 findings will be further discussed at an MP reception and information session tomorrow afternoon on Parliament Hill, co-hosted by the David Suzuki Foundation, Équiterre and the French Embassy.

Image from The Task Force on Systemic Pesticides

Katie Kish is a postdoctoral fellow for the Economics for the Anthropocene project at McGill University and lecturer at the University of British Columbia's Haida Gwaii Institute. Kaitlin's background is in systems thinking, ecological economics, and complexity science which she applies to her current research on exploring radical and disruptive political economies and possible pathways to alternative futures - particularly related to new forms of production and manufacturing in localized economies. Katie has a PhD in Social and Ecological Sustainability from the University of Waterloo.  Twitter: @ktkish 

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