Bees vs neonics in US court

Beekeepers and activists are suing the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for not banning neonicotinoid insecticides:

http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg21729103.200-bees-to-have-their-day-in-court-over-insecticide-use.html

P.S. next meting is at my place in Steeple Aston, on Sunday 14th April, 2pm. I’ve sent out directions by email. If you haven’t received these, let me know.

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4 Responses to Bees vs neonics in US court

  1. itsonlyausername says:

    Further to the neonicotinoids issue being high on the discussion lists I got this from a friend in Washington State, US. It suggests that Bayer and Syngeta will try to gain a compromise on the use of neonicotinoids with the EU Commission. These chemicals which they still adamantly claim are not killing bees have been proven to be a serious threat to bees and other pollinators because they are transmitted through the crops internally and exuded through the pollen and nectar. It takes only a minute amount to start to destroy the bees neural functionality.

    A second link below is to the recent research featured in the Guardian newspaper which also shows bees lose their ability to detect the smell of pollen and nectar as a result of the similar effects on their brains. Take a look at the comments section and look for the one from Steb1.
    He mentions bees that seem to be struggling to move and just sitting on the ground almost lifeless. This is getting quite common.
    Also note the hype from the agrochemical industry about the loss of revenue if neonicotinoids are suspended. Then note the value of these pollinators to EU and global production of food.
    Argument number one at the future meeting with Cameron should simply be that the chemical industries rely upon fear factors which when presented alongside the true contributions of these pollinators pale into insignificance. It is only the money that keeps these toxins in circulation.

    http://uk.reuters.com/article/2013/03/28/us-syngenta-bayer-bees-idUKBRE92R04N20130328

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2013/mar/27/pesticide-bees-scent-food-neocotinoid

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  2. itsonlyausername says:

    Also another article which suggests that the EU is leading on its understanding of neonicotinoids harmful effects on pollinators.
    http://www.alternet.org/food/how-we-could-prevent-massive-bee-deaths-and-save-our-food?akid=10248.1088484.b2zq6w&rd=1&src=newsletter816369&t=14

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  3. itsonlyausername says:

    I’m becoming a troll on here. 🙂
    Another piece of research asserts the true worth of pollinators to food production, this time from Buenos Aries which does not bode well for food prices in developing nations. I have already noted increases to normally affordable items in the shops. It will be the fruit and veg which suffer most.

    http://www.scidev.net/en/agriculture-and-environment/farming-practices/news/loss-of-wild-pollinators-would-hit-crops-finds-study.html

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