Save the Bees — Ban Neonicotinoid Pesticides

| 4/13/2012 2:12:00 PM

Tags: colony collapse disorder, pesticides, corn, bees, pollinators,

MOTHER EARTH NEWS’s sister magazine Utne Reader has just published an excellent report on new evidence that the systemic neonicotinoid pesticides widely used to grow corn are one of the reasons so many honeybees Honey beeand other pollinators are dying. One study has shown that the suspected residues of neonicotinoid pesticides in high fructose corn syrup (fed to bees by commercial beekeepers) can cause honeybee hives to die out.

We should all write to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and demand that they cancel all registrations for neonicotinoid pesticides immediately. Leaked EPA memos on one neonicotinoid called clothianidin show that even this government agency doubts the validity of studies showing the pesticide is safe.

Utne’s report doesn’t tackle the huge question raised by this discovery of pesticide residues in corn syrup — What about the effects on humans who eat huge amounts of food containing corn syrup and many other corn products? Persistent, systemic pesticides simply have no place in food production. The reasons to grow your own food just keep growing.

Here are abstracts from several recent neonicotinoid toxicity studies.

1) “In Situ Replication of Honey Bee Colony Collapse Disorder” abstract:

The concern of persistent loss of honey bee (Apis mellifera L.) colonies worldwide since 2006, a phenomenon referred to as colony collapse disorder (CCD), has led us to investigate the role of imidacloprid, one of the neonicotinoid insecticides, in the emergence of CCD. CCD is commonly characterized by the sudden disappearance of honey bees (specifically worker bees) from hives containing adequate food and various stages of brood in abandoned colonies that are not occupied by honey bees from other colonies.

codi holmes
9/12/2012 8:40:16 AM

i am doing a sose assignment and i need to raise awareness about the honey bee so if its not to much trouble could everyone please like my fb page and watch our video, it would be gratefully appreciated,

matt richardson
4/27/2012 2:14:23 AM

Between Monsanto,promoting Round Up resistant corn and soybeans and Bayer killing the most important pollinator of crops,trees,flowers,vegetables on the planet.Do you think the government would step in and take action if " terrorism" domestic or otherwise threatened 40% of the crops we grow to feed our country?4o% is a massive number !

eli laverdiere
4/25/2012 2:06:00 AM

This study happened in my town. Watch the video

john & virginia ledoux
4/23/2012 10:12:00 PM

Two years ago, MEN blamed it on global warming.

susan hadden
4/20/2012 11:56:03 PM

It would have been appropriate to include the references that were cited. I would like to see who did the studies and perhaps go read them.

patti nagel
4/20/2012 6:07:35 PM

@ T BRANDT, are you a beekeeper? To me, just a small hobby beekeeper, it only makes sense that the use of pesticides, not only kills the bugs they are intended for, but also bees. I think the mystery of CCD is still out there. Only theories of possible causes are being debated.

barbara pleasant
4/16/2012 11:44:42 AM

Well, if seeing is believing, I'm seeing about 20 percent of the usual number of honeybess on my fruit trees this year, and perhaps one-third the number of bumblebees on my blueberries, and mason bees are way down, too. No drought, mild winter, so what's up?

martin christensen
4/14/2012 12:36:51 AM

Totally agree with T Brandt

t brandt
4/13/2012 10:02:12 PM

More pseudoscience published by MEN.. It's been pretty well established that CCD is caused by parasitic infections of colonies. Colonies free of the parasites are not subject to any mysterious "collapse."..Neonicotinoids may be poisonous at high enough exposure, but so is H2O or O2...Tomatoes, BTW, are loaded with nicotinoids.... Is CCD really even a problem? Don't forget that Apis mellifera is an invasive species in NA, squeezing out native pollinators. If we really want to be completely "natural," we should be trying to do away with this species here. Or does that philosophy only count for species the TreeHuggers we don't like?

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