By Jonathan M. Gitlin | Published March 29, 2012 1:00 PM For nearly six years, a mysterious condition called colony collapse disorder (CCD) has been wreaking havoc with the honey bee population in the US and Europe. The cause of CCD remains elusive
Widely used insecticides interfere with the homing instincts of bees, international researchers suggested Thursday, linking a class of agricultural pesticides to the growing threat to beehives known as colony collapse disorder.
A widely used family of pesticides may cause bees to lose their homing instincts and hinder the survival of their colonies, European researchers reported Thursday, suggesting that governments should re-examine their use.
Since about 2006, farmers, scientists, beekeepers, and casual observers have noticed sudden declines in bee populations. Beekeepers were seeing at least 30 percent of their bee populations die or disappear each year. Scientists began calling this phenomenon colony collapse disorder, or CCD.
Widespread “colony collapse disorder”—in which all the adult honey bees in a colony suddenly disappear or die—is being linked to insecticides made by companies partnering with Monsanto. Monsanto, the world’s biggest seed company, is the largest owner …
March 21, 2012 – Today, commercial beekeepers and environmental organizations filed an urgent legal petition with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to suspend further use of a pesticide the agency knows poses harm to honey bees, and adopt safeguards to ensure similar future pesticides aren’t approved by the agency. The legal petition is supported by over one million citizen petitions also submitted today that were collected from people across the country calling out one pesticide in particular – clothianidin – for its harmful impacts on honey bees.
Commercial beekeepers and environmental organizations filed an urgent legal petition with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on March 21 to suspend further use of a pesticide the agency knows poses harm to honey bees, and adopt safeguards to ensure similar future pesticides aren’t approved by the agency. The legal petition is supported by more than one million citizen petitions also submitted that were collected from people across the country calling out one pesticide in particular‚ clothianidin—for its harmful impacts on honey bees.
As the public debate over causes of Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) –a syndrome in which bees seemingly abandon their hives– carries on in the media, more and more new science has shown that neonicotinoid pesticides are indeed a critical piece of the …
Poland’s Monsanto action lays 1000s of dead bees on Govt steps
On March 15, over 1,500 beekeepers and their allies marched thru the streets of Warsaw, depositing thousands of dead bees on the steps of the Ministry of Agriculture, in protest of genetically modified foods and their requisite pesticides which are killing bees, moths and other agriculturally-beneficial insects around the globe.
But starting in the late 1990s, beekeepers in Europe raised alarms about two neonicotinoids, clothianidin and imidacloprid, claiming they were to blame for sharp declines in honeybee colonies, now known as colony collapse disorder.
Some studies indicate that at non-lethal doses, these chemicals may weaken their immune systems, making them more susceptible to pathogens and, thus, contribute to Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD). First recognized in 2006, CCD has destroyed colonies at …
As reported in Business Week, the beekeepers say that the pesticide cripples the immune system of the bees, ultimately leading to colony collapse disorder, where all adult honeybees die or simply disappear. While colony collapse disorder is a real
The insecticide clothianidin is believed to be killing many bees and contributing to colony collapse disorder by some beekeepers and scientists. Commercial beekeepers and environmental organizations have banded together to ask the EPA to ban
Beekeepers and scientists say this could contribute to colony collapse disorder, in which all the adult honey bees in a colony suddenly disappear or die. Beekeepers are calling for a ban on pesticides that are lethal to bees.
Bees have been under enormous stress anyway, since colony collapse disorder began wiping out hives in 2006. “EPA has an obligation to protect pollinators from the threat of pesticides,” said Jeff Anderson of California Minnesota Honey Farms,