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Damian blog about bees and insecticide  : Spring lures out the beesMore top quality research shows that our current regulations that protect the creatures that pollinate much of our food is extremely inadequate. You can’t argue this one, it’s been published in a number of peer-reviewed journals that show how widely used pesticides have a very damaging effect on bees. A new paper published in the journal Nature shows how bees are twice as likely to die when exposed to pesticides; two-thirds of the bees are lost when exposed compared to a third when not exposed. The exposed bees are also half as successful in gathering food. The exotoxicology tests only looked at honey bees, and failed to include bumblebees. Bumblebees are just as important in providing the required pollination to create much of the food we consume.

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All of nature is interconnected and is meant to work a certain way without human interference. The current research doesn’t even include the combination of pesticides that the bees are exposed to regularly, for the study they were only tested individually. The UK government has already reviewed some of the evidence regarding the serious harm pesticides are causing to bees, but continue to do nothing about it. They have reviewed the evidence linking pesticides and harm to bees but concluded that the evidence did not justify changing existing regulations.

Beekeepers, conservation and food campaigners are accusing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)  of failing to protect the insects and are suing the US government. Neonicotinoids are the world’s most widely used insecticides, they are facing possible suspension from the European Union despite the opposition from Germany and the UK.

We have demonstrated time and time again over the last several years that the EPA needs to protect bees. The agency has refused, so we’ve been compelled to sue. – Peter Jenkins, Attorney at the Centre for Food Safety

America’s beekeper’s cannot survive for long with the toxic environment EPA has supported. Bee-toix pesticides in dozens of widely used products, on top of many other stresses our industry faces, are killing our bees – Peter Jenkins, Attorney at the Centre for Food Safety – Steve Ellis, California beekeeper and one of the plaintiffs

The EPA has refused to comment, but continue to assure us that they are working to protect bees and other pollinators from the dangers of pesticides. This is discouraging, they have the power to offer such a statement and we have to accept it without choice. They even claimed that the accelerated review of the neonicotinoid pesticides will not be completed before 2018. This is unacceptable.

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This isn’t new news, in early 2011 several leaked documents obtained by a Colorado beekeeper brought light to the fact that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency‘s (EPA) illegitimate approval of Clothianidin, an extremely toxic pesticide made by Bayer CropScience, came regardless of the fact the agency knew it was capable of killing off Bees. As a new study emerges from Purdue University, not only is it 100% confirmed that Clothianidin is killing bees, but also that Clothinaidin’s toxicity is now found throughout the entire food chain. The study, which was published in the online journal PLoS ONE, investigated the various methods and routes by which a class of insecticides known as neonicotinoids, which includes Clothianidin, are harming honey bees.

They discovered that both clothianidin and thiamethoxam, another component of neonicotinoid insecticides, persist in “extremely high levels” in planter exhaust material produced during the planting of crops treated with these insecticides. This runs contrary to industry claims that the chemicals biodegrade and are not a threat. The research team also found neonicotinoid compounds in soil, including in fields where the chemicals were not even sprayed, as well as on various plants and flowers visited by bees. Based on their analysis, the researchers involved with the study determined that bees actively transfer contaminated pollen from primarily neonicotinoid-treated corn crops and bring it back to their hives. The bees also transfer neonicotinoid compounds to other plants and crops not treated with the chemicals, which shows just how persistent these chemicals truly are in the environment.

The pesticides used are manufactured by Bayer pharmaceuticals, which used to be part of I.G. Farben, a German chemical company that funded and provided chemicals for  Hitler’s concentration camps. The Warburg family was heavily influential with that company, having family members on the board of directors and also on the board at the Federal Reserve in the United States.

This documentary has its focus on the extinction of honey bees in the US cornfields. Honey bees are very essential for the environment. This documentary  is focused on earth and has its major goal set at saving the Honeybees. The pesticides that are used to protect the crops are mostly mixed with a chemical that has toxins to kill the bees. This has been reported and made prominent to the Government to save these bees for the sake of environment, but they continue to do nothing about it.

Sources:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3250423/?tool=pubmed

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2013/mar/22/us-government-sued-pesticides-bee-harm

http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/nature11585.html

http://www.federalreserve.gov/bios/boardmembership.htm

http://www.houseofpaine.org/IGF.htm

http://books.google.ca/books?id=Q0amI9GmIe8C&pg=PA33&lpg=PA33&dq=IG+Farben+warburg&source=bl&ots=hB-ODhpIUk&sig=mf9jApdKjZ7nOSx2b0283KfwiGU&hl=en&sa=X&ei=1PRRUYaRGdKA2AWi6YCoDQ&ved=0CFwQ6AEwBw#v=onepage&q=IG%20Farben%20warburg&f=false


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