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Neonicotinoids are the new DDT killing the natural world
08-10-2013, 02:01 PM #1
Shadow Mrs. Buckwheat
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It's the new DDT: a class of poisons licensed for widespread use before they had been properly tested, which are now ripping the natural world apart. And it's another demonstration of the old truth that those who do not learn from history are destined to repeat it.


This caught my attention because I was reading this article yesterday, specifically, this part

Quote:“The trials that have been conducted have not shown significant yield advantages.”

Purdue University entomologists held field trials on corn seed treatments in 2011 and 2012 to measure yield benefits and found no statistically measurable yield gain from neonicotinoid seed treatments.


The farmers are protesting a proposed ban on neonicotinoids saying they want science based studies, yet the only science based studies show no advantage to applying neonicotinoids.

08-10-2013, 02:21 PM #2
Octo Mother Superior
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Crazy! They banning 3 neonicotinoids for two years here in the EU in December this year.

We are very pleased that the European Union has recently voted to ban the neonics for two years (April, 2013 - see report in The Guardian here). The EU decision – supported by 15 of the 27 EU nations – was based on strong scientific evidence showing harm. A French study published in the top journal Science reported an increase in bee foragers that fail to return to the hive following low-dose exposure to Thiamethoxam (made by Syngenta). A British study also published in Science reported a severe loss of queen bees in hives exposed to low doses of Imidacloprid (made by Bayer). (A very good fact sheet on the hazards of Imidacloprid is here)

The EU ban came after the European Commission proposed the suspension in response to a report by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) in January that determined that three neonicotinoids – thiamethoxam, clothianidin and imidacloprid – posed an unnacceptable risk to bees. With the EU vote, now all three will be banned from use for two years on flowering crops such as corn, oilseed rape and sunflowers. (see report on Yale Enviro360 here)

Read more: http://www.motherearthnews.com/nature-en...7zkin.aspx

I hope there will be clear and measurable improvement of bee colonies during that short time.
08-10-2013, 02:34 PM #3
Shadow Mrs. Buckwheat
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Honey bees are so fragile and so precious. The more I get involved the happier I am that I am beercheer.gif
08-10-2013, 02:38 PM #4
Octo Mother Superior
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I think a lot of people don't realize how serious the situation of honey bee deaths is. sad2.gif

Glad you have some happy bees there Shadow. hi5.gif
08-10-2013, 02:47 PM #5
Shadow Mrs. Buckwheat
Posts:12,775 Threads:1,181 Joined:Feb 2011
hug.gif I've noticed butterflies everywhere this year, I'd see the odd one before, one a day, but there's swarms of them now, and all different kinds. I saw one the other day with wings like a piano keyboard blink.gif
08-10-2013, 03:40 PM #6
Octo Mother Superior
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Wow! blink.gif

Was it this one?




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