The argument from the Bayer defenders is that "in the field" they contend that bees cannot come into contact with enough of the chemical to have the described effects since the chemical is applied as a seed coating.
The studies have all shown that neo-nicotinoids are systemic, meaning that the pesticide is present throughout the entire plant, including the nectar and pollen.
Because bees don't "typically" forage on field corn, which is the primary crop listed as intended by the Bayer registration (Canola is also listed, but not a major crop in the
However, the pesticide is beginning to be used on other crops beyond field corn that bees do visit as major forage sources like cotton, sunflowers and others.
Also, the Bayer study did not research adequately the long term effects on residual and cumulative amounts of the pesticide in the hive as pertains to larvae and brood.
Despite having so much information lacking, both the EPA and Bayer are faulted for having rushed yet another pesticide through the steps for registration without proper and required research ...read more
Utter nonsense. Right now the almond pollination is set to begin in CA and the 1.2 million colonies are their waiting in the FEEDLOTS. As I keep having to point out there is no ongoing random pathogen sweeping across the continent causing hives to collapse left and right. Instead there are Industrial beekeepers who maintain huge honeybee feedlots, with unnatural concentrations of beehives, where GMO soy flour and Corn Syrup are fed to ramp up the bees population in the winter to collect the pollination fees for an Asian Nut tree blooming in North American in the midst of winter.
To stimulate colonies and prepare them for almond pollination, beekeepers now use patties made of corn syrup, soy flour and brewer's yeast
Tom is missing the point and is more or less unwittingly supporting the BS theories floated by the Industrial Beekeepers who created the Bayer Smokescrean to hide their own mistreatment of honeybees.
"Here is a funny fact: Bayer CropScience is the world's largest grower of hybrid canola seed (grown in
one other HUGE fact. there is actually a shit load of studies that are university driven, corporate driven and independent beekeeper driven done in the EU and
go to google scholar and search for honeybeea and neonictinoids and Bayer or systemic and do your homework first.
I would like to add this link to a very well documented report that summarizes several independent studies of neonics pre and post registration.
see the revised report at top of list
Dave, the recent research by Dr Cedric Alaux in
The second part of the puzzle is the work of Alaux and - indpendently - Pettis. They found that when they fed bees a neonicotinoid at a minute doseage - and then exposed them to a disease called Nosema - ALL the bees died of Nosema, whereas a similarly exposed control colonies did NOT die of the infection. When they analysed the dead bees, which they KNEW for a fact had been dosed with the neonicotinoid - they could find NO TRACE of the insecticide. They concluded that bees fed a known dose of neonicotinoids at - died as a result of the insecticide weakening the immune system. but any traces of the neonic left behind in the pathology 'below the limit of detection'.
So we have a poison (Clothianidin) being applied to 88 million acres of American corn, every year ...read more
I have kept bees since I was 6 years old and am now in my 70's my dad and his dad kept bees too for their whole lives. So beekeeping is in my blood. I know most of the larger beekeepers in the
Beekeeping has changed and Industrial FEEDLOT beekeeping where hugely unnatural concentrations of bees are kept in FEEDLOTS waiting for almond bloom to occur are fed corn syrup and soy flour all of it GMO based. This feeding is done to get the bees to raise brood in mid winter. Dave mid winter is when the colonies would normally be at a low point in population. The fact that colonies are trucked from all over the USA co mingled and then dispersed also adds to faster dispersal of viruses and parasites.
In the wild honeybees space themselves 1/2 mile from each hive. Now we have 450 on a semi and dozens of semi loads staged in FEEDLOTS in Cali waiting for the Asian Nut tree to bloom in mid winter so they can collect their pollination fees and then wonder why their bees are all jacked up or turn out to be loaded with mites etc.
THe same problems of preventative antibiotic usage in confined livestock is practiced in FEEDLOT beekeeping. Google Tylan for the antibiotic of choice used by FEEDLOT beekeepers and fed in corn syrup.
I have posted frequently here about the rampant use of Fluvalinate, Comaphous ( a Bayer product Checkmite) and Amitraz being used by FEEDLOT beekeepers to treat for ...read more
I wish he had stuck to science writing. Now we have a British version of George Will on our hands.
Read this about different bee viruses.
Or you can read it in PDF form.
In one valley in
If the bees keep dying, we are in a world of trouble.