Global Impact Of Neonicotinoids On Bees


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France

The French bee-deaths documentary 'Temoin Genant'  (Embarassing Witness) is now on

Youtube; it deals with the disaster which struck the French beekeeping industry as far back as 1994 - when over 400,000 colonies a year were killed following the introduction of the systemic neurotoxin Imidacloprid/ 'Gaucho' for use on sunflowers and maize.

 

This is the link for part one: http://youtu.be/9boueJGtLPY

This is part Two: http://youtu.be/XM2Agj68uCk

Part three: http://youtu.be/CC9fWFE8ExM

Part Four: http://youtu.be/okA8pxkoXX4

French legal action on neonicotinoid Clothianidin.

 

UK

The Buglife (invertbebrates conservation trust) report from 2009.

Buglife threaten legal action over neonicotinoids.

The UK Environment Audit Committee accuses the UK government of breathtaking arrogance over their refusal to acknowledge the dangers of neonicotinoids to bees - more information.

There has been some controversy surrounding the British Beekeepers Association and their relationship with the pesticide industry. A further item is available on this link.

The BBKA say the losses of honey bees in the UK – reaching up to almost 53% in some regions 2012/2013, are primarily down to weather and diseases – there is no attempt to investigate whether there is a significantly higher number of losses depending on location of hives (e.g. proximity to fields, near treated golf courses).  More information here.

The BBKA’s Tim Lovett appears in BayerCropScience video.

The majority of the public want neonicotinoids banned, according to YouGov survey.

UK government bee scientist will now be paid directly by the agrochemicals industry - see introductory paragraph – she was also involved with the flawed bumblebee study.

 

 

The Netherlands

This film (copy and paste link):

http://zembla.vara.nl/Afleveringen.1973.0.html?&tx_ttnews[tt_news]=70687&cHash=7c7b81380eb4c8a57d6a07219f1590d9

highlights the experiences of beekeepers, and the stance of denial of the Dutch beekeeping association, and asks ‘why’. 

Dutch study finds some aquatic systems are so contaminated, the water itself could be used as an insecticide to control lice.

Information website by Dutch toxicologist, Dr Henk Tennekes.

 

Bulgaria

Beekeepers in 5 Bulgarian Cities Stage Protests, see:

http://www.novinite.com/view_news.php?id=149426

 

Slovenia

Various links:

http://www.sta.si/en/vest.php?s=a&id=1631236

See also: Bee Deaths Causing Concern in Pomurje

http://www.sta.si/en/vest.php?s=a&id=1631366

http://www.sta.si/en/vest.php?s=a&id=1633317

Farmers Demand Reversal of Ban on Treated Corn Seeds

Authorities Say Pesticide Caused Bee Deaths, Announce Lawsuits

 

Poland

Apparently there have been protests from Polish beekeepers over neonicotinoids and GMO, but I am unable to verify this.  Two interesting links:

http://chronmy.pszczoly.pl/marsz-w-obronie-pszczol/fotoreportaz/

and

http://www.biobees.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=4711

 

Italy

Italian beekeepers on hunger strike.




Further Information:

Other links - go from Global Impact Of Neonicotinoids On Bees? to:

How do neonicotinoids work?  A look at the claims made by BayerCropscience for effects of their neonicotinoid on termites, and a comparison with reported effects on bees.

Neonicotinoids and non-target insects - a look at the evidence from industry patents.




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