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Sun Aug 10, 2014, 10:48 PM

 

Evidence Mounts that Neonicotinoid Insecticides Harm Bees and Beneficial Insects

http://www.cornucopia.org/2014/07/debunking-latest-attempt-defend-agrichemicals-cost-greater-good-evidence-mounts-neonicotinoid-insecticides-harm-bees-beneficial-insects

Debunking the Latest Attempt to Defend Agrichemicals at the Cost of the Greater Good: Evidence Mounts that Neonicotinoid Insecticides Harm Bees and Beneficial Insects

Neonicotinoids, developed in the 1990s and used more heavily in the early 2000s, are the most widely used insecticides worldwide. The EPA estimates that 3.5 million pounds were applied on approximately 127 million acres worldwide in 2011. They are registered for use as an insecticide on soil, seed, and foliar applications for both residential and agricultural uses.

Research is voluminous linking neonicotinoids to bee memory loss and learning, weakened immunity, developmental injury, impaired foraging, diminished navigation and honing ability, and the loss of reproductive production of bumblebee queens.

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While Colony Collapse Disorder is complex, not fully understood, and likely cannot be solved with a single policy, research has shown that insecticidal dust clouds following the planting of neonicotinoid-coated seeds can cause the loss of entire bee colonies. Neonicotinoids are used to coat over 99% of corn seed planted and are used to coat many other crops. The destructive effect of neonicotinoids on birds, bees, earthworms, aquatic insects, and beneficial insects is well researched and published in respected, peer-reviewed journals.

Neonicotinoids are water soluble and persistent chemicals having the potential to remain active in soils, wetlands, and waterways for years causing irreversible effects leading to a cascade of unintended consequences. They particularly harm organic farmers by contaminating irrigation water and airways by chemical drift and run-off during seeding and spraying. Organic growers depend on beneficial insects in the soil and air for pest prevention.

Neonicotinoids are systemic insecticides, meaning they are absorbed into all plant tissues. Their systemic effect allows the poison to move into the pollen and nectar of flowers from treated seeds, when soil is treated before sowing, and when insecticides are applied through drip irrigation within labeled rates. The insecticides within the pollen and nectar have been shown to harm beneficial insects when they feed.


I've said it before here at DU, and now I'll say it again: unchecked continued use of neonicotinoid pesticides will create a modern Silent Spring. They harm bees, insectivorous birds, bats, soil
life, aquatic life, and very possibly also us humans.

-app

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Response to appal_jack (Original post)

Sun Aug 10, 2014, 11:24 PM

1. I never had a doubt that the bee colony decline was a human caused problem.

 

Unbelievable how callous and ignorant we are.

K/R

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Mon Aug 11, 2014, 01:46 AM

2. mites

my ass.

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