My daughter is a second year student in Environmental Science at Carleton University in Ottawa. She is doing an assignment and has chosen a subject related to beekeeping. Naturally, I have registered my OWN thoughts but she and I both agreed that in order to get the best results she would post her questions here and analyse the results. So, Here is what she asks:
The precautionary principle is prevalent in Environmental Law. This principle emphasizes the duty of society to prevent harm, by whatever means possible, regardless of if there is conclusive evidence as to the cause. At the brunt of this discussion is neonicotinoids. There are varying opinions as to if the use of neonicotinoids should be banned, or partially banned, within the Agricultural Sector. Potential links between neonicotinoid usage and Colony Collapse Disorder were the centre of a debate that lasted many years (and many may argue continues to be ongoing). Although, opinions are shifting, and people are now lead to believe that Varroa Destructor and viruses associated with heavy infestations may be the cause of Colony Collapse Disorder. This change in opinion begs the question: is precautionary principle a good rule of thumb within Environmental Science and Policy? Should it be innocent until proven guilty or vice versa? Should neonicotinoids be limited, or banned, albeit the correlation between the former and Colony Collapse Disorder is not definite?