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.
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?
The Guardian (blog)
Two recent scientific studies point to modern pesticides as the main culprit for colony collapse disorder in domestic honeybees, Apis mellifera, as well as causing the dramatic decline in native wild bee populations. The pesticides in question are the …
While the honey bee is an essential part of the food grid — pollinating countless crops which humans and animals need for nutrition — it is under attack from an …
Beginning in 2007, Beeologics has researched two critical bee issues: colony collapse disorder and Israeli Acute Paralysis Virus. In late September of last year, …
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Southwest Farm Press
Several researchers nationally and globally are taking specific pieces of the the puzzle that somehow are linked to the mysterious disease in honey bees …
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
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 …
Sings of the Times
A recent Harvard study has a theory on why bees are dying around the country. It links pesticides to the problem and what’s called colony collapse disorder.
The Wildlife Society Blog
According to researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH), the widely used pesticide, imidacloprid may be a possible culprit in Colony Collapse …
A commonly used insecticide, and possibly an increasingly widely used form of that pesticide, could be causing bee colony collapse. It is not 100% certain that this pesticide causes this problem, but there is a very good chance of a relationship.
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.
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.