In the UK, a further Early Day Motion has been tabled by Martin Caton
MP in 2012, requesting a ban on neonicotinoids, following the publication of yet more scientific evidence (this time by Dr Jeff Pettis
et al), that neonicotinoids are dangerous for bees (see links right for
previous activity in this area).
Below was a letter writing campaign, used to support the EDM. It has been left on this website for future reference.
(If you live elsewhere other than the UK, you can still use this letter and adapt it to send to your own political representatives if relevant, but note, more research has since been released, and the whole debate has moved on significantly since this particular campaign).
Dear (Political Representative)
I am writing to request that you support the EDM tabled by Martin Caton MP, requesting a ban on neonicotinoid pesticides.
There is overwhelming evidence that neonicotinoids make bees
significantly more susceptible to nosema, a pathogenic fungi.
27. The final results of a 2 year project (2007 - 2008) by FERA were
published, and indicate that 45% of the colonies had nosema – 8% of
which had 2 strains. It can be found at:
Invertebrates (and not only bees) can also be susceptible to fungi.
Here is a summary of 3 papers:
Finally, even Bayer admit that their insecticide imidacloprid makes
pathogenic fungi 10,000 times more dangerous to termites, which are
social insects like bees, by altering behaviour - as stated very clearly
in their leaflet for Premise 200SC, which reads:
“Imidacloprid makes fungi 10,000 times more dangerous to termites. Nature assists imidacloprid in giving unsurpassed control. This control is called Premise 200SC plus Nature."
Bees also groom along with other insects - does imidacloprid have the same effect on bees?
I urge you to support the EDM – in line with the Precautionary Principle(4), and furthermore, request that you demand that the inadequacies of our pesticides regulatory system be addressed immediately.
(1)Pesticide exposure in honey bees results in increased levels of the gut pathogen Nosema – Published: Naturwissenschaften 2011 - Jeffery S. Pettis et al
(2)Interactions between Nosema microspores and a neonicotinoid weaken honeybees (Apis mellifera) – Published: Environmental Microbiology (2009) - Cédric Alaux et al
(3)Exposure to Sublethal Doses of Fipronil and Thiacloprid Highly Increases Mortality of Honeybees Previously Infected by Nosema ceranae - Published PLoS ONE (2011) - Cyril Vidau et al
(4) The precautionary principle is enshrined in Directive 91/414 which states that “Member States shall ensure that a plant protection product is not authorized unless…..it has no unacceptable influence on the environment.” “Authorizations may be reviewed at any time if there are indications that any of the requirements….are no longer satisfied.”
Are Bee Poisonings Properly Monitored?
Did you know, that poisonings of bees by pesticides is not adequately monitored in the UK (and some beekeepers in the US, it seems, share similar frustrations). Yet the number of reported incidents of poisonings are often used to back an argument that pesticides are not poisoning our bees. Read More here and here.
Most Insects Are Beneficial Or Harmless
Did you know that most insect species are beneficial or harmless? Yet if we believe that most insects are pests, we may think that intensive agriculture using lots of pesticides, is necessary to produce food. Read more.
Organic Gardening - And Why Do We Use Pesticides?
Organic gardening - why is it beneficial to bees and other insects? Also, why do we spray pesticides - is it because we NEED them really - and from where does the pesticide industry originate? Read more.
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