European Union Votes To Ban Pesticides Linked to Bee Deaths


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be1Last Monday the European Union deputy ambassadors voted to accept evidence available that confirms the link between pesticides and bee deaths. The vote took place in Brussels, where they were forced to act quickly to set forth a ban for a minimum of at least two years on the pesticides that prove to be harmful to bees. There will be EU restrictions that apply from December 2013 that ban neonicotinoid pesticides used to treat bee-attractive crops.

A number of countries support the ban, 15 in total but the UK and 7 other member states do not. The European Commission will ban the use of the pesticides linked to bee deaths across all member states, 27 in total.

Those countries opposing a ban have failed. Now, the Commission must draw the only conclusion possible and immediately halt the use of these pesticides as a first step to protect European food production and ecosystem – Marco Contiero, EU agriculture policy director

The UK government has always had links with the United States government, and it’s the U.S. government Environmental Protection Agency that approves of the GMO insecticide responsible for killing off bees. You can read more about that here. Not to long ago, the US government was sued for their use of pesticides killing millions of bees, and ignoring scientific evidence that proves it. You can read more about that here.

Banning pesticides linked to bee deaths however comes with strong opposition from the UK government. The government heavily disapproves the ban and insisted that the European Commission proposals lacked conclusive scientific evidence. It will cost European farmers almost 2 billion pounds and lead to a 20 percent loss of necessary crop yields. Again, money becomes an excuse to continue destroying the environment, bees and potentially the entire global food chain. At the same time, loss of crops due to lack of pesticides has been over glorified, if we really wanted to we could stop the use of pesticide spraying and still have an abundant amount of food for the entire global population. I have a feeling that something much larger than money is at stake here, spraying toxic chemicals on crops can’t be good for human ingestion. It’s not surprising to hear that major chemical/pharmaceutical companies are involved with the creation of the pesticides.

How can the UK government say that there is no scientific evidence?  Top quality research shows that our current regulations to 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.

It’s good to see this ban going through in this part of the world, it has been a long time and the evidence has always been there. The world is starting to make some noise!

Sources

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/eu/10025667/EU-overrules-Britain-to-ban-pesticides-linked-to-bee-deaths.html

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

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2316588/EU-ban-pesticides-linked-bee-deaths-moves-step-closer-despite-UK-governments-resistance.html

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

 

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    Great article! But the photo is not of a bee but a hover fly! A great insect for the garden but its not a bee.

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  9. James

    Whomever controls the food controls the people. The money is just a tool. Misdirection is the tomfoolery at hand and our governments are the management team deploying it for the self-appointed, insane psychopaths at the helm of humanity’s future.

  10. This runs deep into corporate irresponsibility and their criminality. If the Chemical companies have engineered plants so that they do not produce seeds for re-cultivation, could it be that they have also genetically engineered these plants to self-pollinate themselves and thus bees and pollination are irrelevant to these companies. What they seek is our complete dependency on them in order to create a food producing monopoly. Three companies in the world control 100% of the world pesticides and genetically modified plants. If plants become seedless, then farmers are obliged to buy genetically altered seeds from these companies to grow food. It is a diabolical plot perhaps more frightening then any other threat that exists today. Once reseeding is destroyed, our food supply and well our being are in control of the chemical corporate Cabal. That is scary.

  11. It’s too late.The damage been did done……….It’s HAARP and the cell phones, i tell yer……The bees just can’t stand all that womanly yacking.

  12. Very crucially it’s only a partial ban and temporary- 2 years!!!! What then?

    • Lady40ish

      The temporary ban is to see whether a connection can be shown between the use of these pesticides and bee decline. If there is a demonstrable recovery in bee numbers the pesticide will be banned completely. Better to try it this way round than see how long it takes to kill of the bees completely!!
      Let’s just hope they keep to their word and one of Monsantos friends don’t release something else (virus, mite, etc) to continue the bees demise in the meantime. Personally I wouldn’t put it past them, especially with the new regulations for seeds that are being brought in….. tis a sad, sad time we are living in.

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  14. g hoppah

    That photo is not of a bee. It’s of a fly, mimicking a bee.

    • Skepical one

      Why would you point that out? It added to the chuckle I was having. lol

      • Because, as a beekeeper, it was the first thing I looked at and realized that they need to have someone who KNOWS the difference critique it before they publish. It just decreases a trust level from some of us. And, BTW – he’s right – it’s a fly that mimics bees, and they are NOT pollinators.

    • Lady40ish

      Lol! Yes, it’s a hover fly- well spotted. I was too busy reading the article to see that.
      Anyway may I take this opportunity to say that a majority of the British public are rather cheesed off with our Minister. We want the pesticides banned. We’ve been fed such rubbish about this. The News has been telling us there’s this odd disease affecting bees, but only the ones in the countryside (eg farms, etc) apparently urban bees don’t get it. Yeah- we are that stupid are we? How long do our respective Gov’ts think we’re going to keep listening to this BS? Of course there could be another side to this. With the bees gone we’ll be totally dependent on Monsanto’s frankenfoods and any chance of a healthy diet would be lost forever

    • Hoverfly. Good observation!

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