Neonicotinoids And Bees

Information and resources about bees and neonicotinoids.

How Do Neonicotinoids Work To Kill Insects?
An insight into some of the different ways in which neonicotinoids can kill insects.  For example, death could be immediate, or could take time.  This information is gleaned by looking at Bayer’s own marketing literature for their imidacloprid neonicotinoid authorized for killing termites (like bees, termites are social colony insects).

Can Neonicotinoids Kill Non-Target Insects?
How credible is it that neonicotinoids should kill only ‘pest insects’ and leave ‘nice insects’ alone?  A look at some of the industry patents for clues.

Neonicotinoids Snapshot
Very brief details giving names of products and manufacturers.

Neonicotinoids And The Environment
Information about the ways in which neonicotinoids behave int he environment and why they are a particular cause for concern.

Influence of Industry On the Global Regulation Of Pesticides
A look at the influence of industry and involvement in the EPPO on regulation and a look at the ICPBR (International International Commission For Plant Bee Relationships) here.

Neonicotinoid Myths And Flawed Arguments
A look at some commonly used arguments and some misunderstandings regarding neonicotinoids and bees.

Is There Global Evidence Neonicotinoids Kill Bees
A quick summary of some of the cases reported – but by no means is this an exhaustive list!


How Robust Are Regulatory Field Tests For Pesticides, And Do They Protect Bees?
Industry frequently maintain that field tests and not laboratory tests, are most robust for assessing the affects of insecticides on the environment.  But how robust are regulatory field tests?


Neonicotinoids And Bees: Varroa Mite
Do neonicotinoids hamper the bee’s ability to defend itself from Varroa Mite?  Do neonicotinoids make bees more vulnerable to diseases transmitted by Varroa?


Neonicotinoids And Bees: Nosema
Is there a link between nosema and neonicotinoids?  Also, an article about the UK government handling of increased nosema cases in honey bees in England and Wales.

Pollinators And Pesticides
UK Environment Audit Committee report findings: a government body inquiry.

The Crop Protection Association
Their view of pollinators.


Are Neonicotinoids Even Legal?
This is actually part of a letter writing campaign, but it sets out some of the arguments question whether neonicotinoids were legally authorised for use.


Background Information About Neonicotinoids And Bees
These items were written in 2010 – but some of the information is still relevant today.


The Strange Disappearance Of The Bees
An interview with the director, Mark Daniels.


Dr Henk Tennekes
A Question And Answer session


Bee Decline
The reasons for bee decline are varied – bee declines are not only down to insecticides.




Environment Audit Committee report on neonicotinoids and bees.

UK letter writing campaigns

FERA, the UK government body responsible for bees, betrays bees again!  With a flawed bumblebee study.

The flawed Wildlife Incident Investigation Scheme

It’s meant to record acute poisonings of bees, and the data are used to justify the UK government’s position that there is no evidence neonicotinoids are killing bees.  But the system is sham where neonicotinoids are concerned.



The European Scenario
EFSA Reports

Have Neonicotinoids Been Banned In Europe

Does the EU restriction on  3 of the neonicotinoids safe guard our bees and other wildlife?

Honey Bee Health
Should agrochemical companies be given ‘incentives’ to develop medicines for bees?  Or should they withdraw their controversial pesticides first?

Previous EU Campaigns


Dan Rather reports on neonicotinoids and Bees.

Tom Theobald


Miscellaneous Articles

Bee Poisonings – Pesticide Companies Must Be Held To Account

Neonicotinoid Pesticides and Human Health - By Dr Rosemary Mason and Palle Uhd Jepson.

AIDS in wildlife and neonicotinoids – Dr Rosemary Mason and Palle Uhd Jepson


What Will It Take To Get Neonicotinoids Banned?
Voicing frustrations at the lack of meaningful action and denial by governments.




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The Strange Disappearance of the Bees

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