Save the Bees — Ban Neonicotinoid Pesticides


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

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