I received a newsletter courtesy of a friend in the US relating to a chemical called Atrazine. Now don’t worry too much about that unless you holiday in the US. This chemical is a weedkiller and it is banned in the EU.
I know this probably means nothing to beekeepers in general but the implications of the actions described in this newsletter that were taken to discredit legitimate scientific concerns and replace them with dodgy science speak volumes about our concerns regarding neonicotinoids. Let’s face facts, the current raft of denials and discrediting of research by the so called chemical companies ‘experts’ and government scientists who undoubtedly are not singing from the correct song sheet is nothing short of one sided and it certainly is not towards our side in the UK. Yes we do have legitimate concerns about neonicotinoids and yes it is high time the Precautionary Principle was fully applied as it was intended.
But in the meantime we are stuck with a government who would rather follow the money than the reality, supported by a greedy pair of chemical corporations who are equally more concerned with money than reality.
It is also coincidentally interesting to note that one of these neonicotinoid manufacturers is directly involved in this particular case highlighted in the newsletter. Shades of things to come our way perhaps?
Apart from the harm this chemical Atrazine does to aquatic animals this newsletter shows to what extent these chemical companies are prepared to go to protect their profit margins. If you think cover ups and bribery are the domain only of the criminal fraternity think again. The film ‘Runaway Jury’ sprang to mind when I read this piece.
A timely reminder that not everything you believe is true and our world is becoming ever more vulnerable to smears from those with the money as we ordinary folks trawl our way innocently through the world wide web seeking knowledge and enlightenment.
Be careful what you search for. 🙂