Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Millions of Bees Turning up Dead Around GMO Corn Fields Soaked with Neonicotinoid Pesticides




We knew the cause of the problem almost ten years ago.  Step by step, science is proving exactly 
that and piecing together the mechanisms involved.  Worse, we knew enough ten years ago to 
suspend application of this product. It was never done except in France and a couple of other places.


Bluntly this is a corporate crime that is causing massive damage to agriculture for the sake of a short

period of higher productivity.  Now they are maxing the system out in order to extend the window.


Everyone involved have all retired and got out of dodge.


The whole agro - chemical industry needs to be completely revisited.  We know superior productivity 
can be achieved with established organic methods.  This needs to be made into a priority and all subsidy 
coin needs to be reallocated there and done quickly..
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Millions of bees turning up dead around GMO corn fields soaked with neonicotinoid pesticides
 

Thursday, January 21, 2016 

by: David Gutierrez,
 

http://www.naturalnews.com/052710_honeybees_GMO_corn_neonicotinoids.html#ixzz3xxqIyfvx 

(NaturalNews) As the European Union considers whether to lift restrictions on three pesticides in the
 neonicotinoid family, it would do well to consider the phenomenon, known to Canadian beekeepers, 
in which bees start dying in droves shortly after corn planting season.


"Once the corn started to get planted our bees died by the millions," said beekeeper Dave Schuit in 

summer 2013, as reported by Eat Local Grown.
 
That spring, Schuit lost 600 hives containing 37 million bees. The same year, Canadian farmer 

Gary Kenny said that eight of the 10 beehives that he kept on his property died shortly after his 
neighbors planted corn in their fields.

Genetically modified (GM) corn is widely planted in Canada, but because the bee deaths occurred 

just after planting, the corn plants are not likely to blame for this particular die-off. Instead, 
beekeepers believe the cause is that the corn seeds were pre-treated with neonicotinoids. Air 
seeding causes neonicotinoid dust to fly off the seeds and into the air, drifting across the landscape.

Numerous studies point finger at neonicsIn one study, researchers from American Purdue 

University examined the bees that died or were dying as part of the spring 2013 die-off. "Bees 
exhibited neurotoxic symptoms, analysis of dead bees revealed traces of [the neonicotinoids]
 thiamethoxam/clothianidin in each case," they wrote. "Seed treatments of field crops (primarily corn) 
are the only major source of these compounds."

A local Pest Management Regulatory Agency investigation also pointed to the same cause, 

concluding that corn seeds treated with those neonicotinoids "contributed to the majority of 
bee mortalities."
 

"The air seeders are the problem," said Paul Wettlaufer, a local farmer and director of the Ontario 
Federation of Agriculture.

Neonicotinoids are "systemic pesticides." They are applied to the seeds prior to planting, and then 

taken up into every tissue of the plant, including leaves, seeds, pollen, flowers and nectar. This makes
 them highly lethal not just to agricultural pests, but to all insects, and even birds that visit the plants 
for any reason.

"Large scale prophylaxic use [of neonicotinoids] in agriculture, their high persistence in soil and water, 

and their uptake by plants and translocation to flowers ... put pollinator services at risk," concluded 
one international research study.

Not only pollinators are threatened. Two major studies in 2015 found that the pesticides have 

widespread, dangerous effects on entire ecosystems. One, published in the journal Nature, found that 
neonicotinoid use was causing bird populations to crash. This is likely caused by both direct poisoning 
and by devastation of their invertebrate food sources.

Meanwhile, an analysis by the the Task Force on Systemic Pesticides, of 800 separate studies, 

concluded that even when used according to manufacturer guidelines, neonicotinoids wreak havoc 
on "non-target" species such as earthworms, insects, aquatic invertebrates and even lizards and fish. 

The pesticides are "likely to have a wide range of negative biological and ecological impacts," the task 
force wrote.

The growing case for a ban



In 2013, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) placed a two-year ban on the use of three 
neonicotinoids, citing a likely risk to bees. The EFSA has now launched a new study to review that 
policy, with results expected in January 2017.

Yet the evidence for a ban on neonicotinoids is even stronger now than it was two years ago. Even the 

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been forced to admit that the chemicals devastate 
pollinators. The agency recently announced the findings of field trials, finding that even very low level 
use of neonicotinoids (25 parts per billion in plant pollen and nectar), caused measurable drops in 
populations of honeybee hives.

Researchers believe that neonicotinoids damage bee brains, specifically the ability to process

 information related to orientation and direction.

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