To read the background page about the Bee Protection Group Of The ICPBR
There is interesting comment from the Corporate Europe Observatory and the European Beekeeping Coordination about the outcomes of the 2008 ICPBR Bee Protection Group Symposium – in a report from November 2010: “Is The Future Of Bees In the Hands Of The Pesticide Lobby?”. (Clicking the link opens a new window)
In it, they are very critical of the outcomes of the “Bee Protection Group”, stating that the proposals they make are clearly instigated by commercial interests, and that they are unsustainable.
Here is a quote:
the ICPBR Bee Brood working group has proposed that a 30% loss of the
bee brood (one of the components of the hive: the group of larvae in the
colony) in general, or a 50% loss of eggs or other larval stages, is
„normal‟, as they argue that such a reduction can be seen in a year with
bad conditions (bad climate, poor food sources, etc).12
to suggest that a 30% loss of bee brood from a pesticide, in addition
to all other factors that can cause brood loss, is „normal‟, is clearly
instigated by commercial interests, and will legalise great damage to
bees. In addition, a beekeeper cannot survive if he or she
systematically loses 30%-50% of the future colony every time that the
honey is produced from crops that have received systemic pesticide
This working group included representatives of
BASF, Bayer Crop Science, and Eurofins GAB; as well as representatives
from the British and French food safety agencies FERA and ANSES, and the
Julius Kühn Institute from Germany.”
In attendance at the symposium, and working actively with pesticide company employees to produce recommendations were
Helen Thompson and Selwyn Jenkins of FERA – the UK Public Servants.
the Corporate Europe Observatory and the European Beekeeping
Coordination are correct in their statements above, then since both
Selwyn Jenkins and his colleague, Helen Thompson are PUBLIC SERVANTS,
then there are questions the general public, (including beekeepers,
conservationists, and anyone who cares a jot about the future of food
supply and providing for their families, and anyone who gives a fig
about nature and this wonderful
web of life),
might like to have answered:
You see, it’s all very interesting isn’t it.
If 30% loss of bee brood is suddenly classed as ‘normal loss’
by our Civil Servants and the Pesticide Industry (under the reassuring
title of the Bee Protection Group) – then the general public have no
need to worry, and any beekeepers creating a fuss are merely whiners,
In actual fact, I put the 2 questions above
to the necessary government department, and asked that they be
answered. To date, I have had no response, and suspect I could be
waiting a very long time to get one!
What can manufacturer patents tell us about the risks their chemicals pose to non-target insects?
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