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Saturday, 31 January 2009
More on the Missing Bees


Is the BBKA too close to Bayer? from Gord Campbell.

This BBC report highlights what I had previously warned about, and the complicity of the British Beekeepers’ Association in this.  More over at the British Association of Radical Beekeepers (BARB) and Bayer Kills Bees.

In May 2008 there was a disaster in Germany where half a billion bees (!) were killed by Bayer’s clothianidin pesticide, which had been applied as a dressing to amize seed. This clearly highlighted the role that pesticides play in the disappearance of our bee populations. According to BARB:

There is mounting evidence that the Neo-Nicotinoid family of systemic neuro-toxins are having a devastating effect on bees worldwide. Imidacloprid, Fipronil and now Cloanthinidin - have all been cited in mass-die-offs of tens of thousands of bee colonies in France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland and the USA. Imidacloprid - manufactured by Bayer- has been banned in France since 1998; it was banned in Germany last week - along with Fipronil and Cloanthinidin. There is mounting evidence that the global use of these deadly, highly persistent, neuro-toxic insecticides - are probably at the root of Colony Collapse Disorder. The mass colony collapses have all occurred in areas where these pesticides have been introduced as a ‘blanket solution’. Here in the UK Imidacloprid is used on approx 2.4 million hectares of Oilseed Rape, Potatoes, Peas, Beans, winter wheat and barley. In France and the USA it is the dominant pesticide on all sunflowers and maize crops.

Bonus Link: Pocket Guide to reducing dietary pesticide exposure from The Organic Center.

Posted by bigblue on 31/01/2009 at 07:22 AM
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This points to an often unmentioned problem with genetically modified crops.  Monsanto in particular is trying to embed pesticides into crops.  If there are potentially catastrophic impacts of these pesticides still to be recognized and legislated then where is the wisdom in releasing these genes into the ecosystem?

Silly me - it is just a matter of time before Monsanto modifies bees to be tolerant to the crops.  What was I thinking?

Posted by flank  on  02/02/2009  at  06:37 PM

Yes, this is a very good point.

Posted by bigblue  on  02/02/2009  at  07:21 PM

New research on this problem points to a catch-22 for bees:  http://theconversation.edu.au/death-by-pest-or-pesticide-antibiotic-dangers-trap-bees-in-a-catch-22-4114

Posted by flank  on  03/11/2011  at  12:18 AM

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