year, I wrote about neonicotinoids in Australia, and the myth that Australia’s honeybees
are having no problems caused by this group of pesticides.
thought it was high time I updated my readers with other news that came out of Australia
were not the only government agency investigating neonicotinoids – the Australian
Environment Agency conducted their own review into the risks of this set of
poisons to our bees.
of Testing Requirements and Label Statements In
Relation to the Impact of Pesticides on the Health of Honey Bees and
other Insect Pollinators"
set out the areas of investigation:
to see whether the use of neonicotinoid
insecticides (clothianidin, imidacloprid, thiamethoxam) in Australia is
presenting any more of a risk to the health of honeybees than other pesticides
which have been in use for many years,
- b) whether
the current APVMA data requirements for
testing of insecticides are adequate to address scientific concerns about
subtle effects of neonicotinoids (and other pesticides) on honey bees which
have been suggested as impacting their ability to pollinate plants and collect honey.
you have no time to read the report, you may at least like to look at the
conclusion, from which I have copied and pasted a comment here:
“The current APVMA data requirements
for testing of insecticides are not adequate to properly consider possible
routes and extent of exposure of insect pollinators to pesticides or to assess
the potential for adverse effects (including sub-lethal effects) of pesticides
(including neonicotinoid pesticides) on honey bees and other insect pollinators”.
is in line with the EFSA conclusions of last year.
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