Neonicotinoid pesticides – bad for bees, and may be bad for people too

While public attention has recently focused on the threat to honey bees and bumble bees from neonicotinoid (neonic) pesticides, there is growing evidence that another species may be a risk from these pervasive chemicals—humans. Many scientists now say that exposure to neonics may pose a risk to human health. Laboratory tests with cell cultures and rodents led the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) to categorize two neonics – imidacloprid and acetamiprid – as possibly impairing the developing human nervous system.

Neonicotinoid pesticides – bad for bees, and may be bad for people too

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Another Silent Spring?

monbiot.com

Neonicotinoids appear to have devastating effects across the natural world: we need a global moratorium.
By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 16th July 2014

Here’s our choice. We wait and see whether a class of powerful pesticides, made by Bayer and Syngenta, is indeed pushing entire ecosystems to oblivion, or we suspend their use while proper trials are conducted. The natural world versus two chemical companies: how hard can this be?

Another Silent Spring?

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Imidacloprid, A Major Factor in Colony Collapse Disorder

SciTech Daily

The researchers believe the increase in Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) is directly related to the use of imidacloprid, a neonicotinoid introduced in the 1990s, and have run studies aimed at replicating how imidacloprid may have caused the …

Imidacloprid, A Major Factor in Colony Collapse Disorder

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Colony Collapse Disorder in bees triggered not just by pesticides, but also by GMO high-fructose corn syrup

Prison Planet.com

Jonathan Benson Natural News April 19, 2012. Studies linking neonicotinoid pesticides to Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), a condition in which entire bee colonies suddenly disappear or die, have been gaining national attention in recent …

Colony Collapse Disorder in bees triggered not just by pesticides, but also by GMO high-fructose corn syrup

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Beekeepers & Environmental Groups to EPA: Pesticide Approval is “Irresponsible” & “Damaging.” Over 1 million urge EPA to suspend use of pesticide harmful to bees, fix broken regulatory system

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.

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