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Old 03-29-2012, 06:34 PM   #1
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Two separate studies one on honey bees the other bumbles give a new look at pesticides and bee decline.

Bee research details harm from insecticides - The Washington Post


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The research leader for bee issues at the USDA’s Agriculture Research Service in Beltsville, however, found the bumblebee study to be convincing and possibly able to alter the debate. Jeffrey Pettis said that by showing that the hive’s production of queens was significantly impaired — declining by 85 percent — by the kind of low dosages of neonicotinoids found in field environments, the authors provided important new information.
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Old 03-29-2012, 07:54 PM   #2
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Two separate studies one on honey bees the other bumbles give a new look at pesticides and bee decline.

Bee research details harm from insecticides - The Washington Post
Sad that the bumbles are being affected as well...but hopefully they will help turn the debate.
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Old 03-29-2012, 09:13 PM   #3
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If you read the article[both pages] it's explained that the pesticides are right in the seed. So now the GM corn, soybeans, cotton, and whatever else is Round-up ready..It's also possible to kill all insects that come in contact. So follow the food cycle and add frogs, birds, and turtles to the list of "Affected Organisms".
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Old 03-29-2012, 09:43 PM   #4
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Same study different article.
BBC News - Pesticides hit queen bee numbers

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"Fifty years of experience should have taught us that overuse of a single class of compounds is an inherently unsustainable practice, and that pre-treating seeds when pest problems might not even be present is collossally unwise.
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Dr Henry told BBC News that it was time for authorities to re-design the safety tests that pesticides have to pass.
"To date, the tests mostly require that the doses found in nature do not kill bees," he said.
"But those authorisation processes ignore possible consequences for the behaviour of bees, and we hope the people in charge will be more careful."
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We could use a re-design of safety tests on our side of the pond too. Better yet... how bout we fix our peer review process then stop accepting research that these products are safe provided by BigChem's inhouse scientists. Independent research.... whazthat>>>>? Accepting their research that the products are "safe" goes well beyond being "collossally unwise".
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Old 04-01-2012, 12:04 AM   #6
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The Xerces Society Are Neonicotinoids Killing Bees?
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This is just heartbreaking. How do we inform others about the devastating consequences of these chemicals?
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Old 04-06-2012, 09:23 AM   #8
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This is just heartbreaking. How do we inform others about the devastating consequences of these chemicals?
3 New Studies Link Bee Decline to Bayer Pesticide | Mother Jones

"In the past months, three separate studies—two of them just out in the prestigious journal Science—have added to a substantial body of literature linking widespread use of neonicotinoids to CCD. The latest research will renew pressure on the EPA to reconsider its registration of Bayer's products. The EPA green-lighted Bayer's products based largely on a study funded by the chemical giant itself—which was later discredited by the EPA's own scientists, as this leaked memo shows."

"When seeds are treated with neonics, the pesticides get absorbed by the plant's vascular system and then "expressed" in the pollen and nectar, where they attack the nervous systems of insects. Bayer targeted its treatments at the most prolific US crop—corn—and since the late 1990s, corn farmers have been blanketing millions of acres of farmland with neonic-treated seeds."

"And it's not just corn. In addition to the vast corn crop mentioned above, Bayer's neonics have worked their way into substantial portions of the soy, wheat, cotton, sorghum, and peanut seed markets. In 2010, according to research by the Pesticide Action Network of North America, at least 142 million total acres were planted in neonic-treated seeds—a trend that will continue if not increase in the 2012 growing season. That represents a landmass equal to the footprints of California and Washington State."
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Old 04-06-2012, 11:12 AM   #9
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This webinar will be from an agricultural perspective, but it may be interesting none the less:
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Monday, April 9 at 10AM (9 CST). Scheduled for one hour but could go longer.
Here is the url: https://gomeet.itap.purdue.edu/r97304634/

Abstract: Field crops planting season is underway in the Midwest. Most of the annual crop acreage planted in North America this year will use neonicotinoid treated seed. Neonicotinoids are extremely toxic to honey bees, and recent research has suggested that honey bees that forage near these types of plantings may be at risk. The risk is greatest during the period while crops are being planted. Dr. Christian Krupke and Dr. Greg Hunt (Purdue Extension Entomology) will present an overview of the current research at Purdue and elsewhere and offer suggestions for both field crop growers and beekeepers that can minimize the chances of honey bee exposure to these chemicals in the field. Questions can be submitted during the webinar as well.
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If we think neonicotinoids like imidacloprid are bad…. wait till they’re mixed with Dow’s 2,4-D, Intellectual Center: Millions of Pounds of Toxic Poison to Flood US Farmland. I dunno about anyone else but…. this frustrates me beyond belief.
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