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Two Ont. beekeepers suing chemical companies


September 4, 2014
By The Canadian Press

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September 4, 2014 – Two large honey producers have launched a proposed class-action lawsuit against two chemical companies that make pesticides the beekeepers allege are linked to bee deaths.

The two family-owned Ontario businesses say they want to recover significant losses and damage that were suffered by Canadian beekeepers due to the widespread use of neonicotinoid pesticides.

Their statement of claim alleges that Bayer Inc. and Syngenta International AG were negligent in their development and distribution of neonicotinoids, as well as permitting or failing to prevent damages to beekeepers.

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They allege that the two companies also knew or ought to have known that the insecticides, which are applied to crops, would cause damage.