Honeybee die-offs linked to new pesticide

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    Sep 18, 2008 9:15 PM GMT
    Neonicotinoid insecticides that impact the central nervous system of insects are thought to have caused the deaths of more than 90 billion bees worldwide over the past 10 years, reducing honey production by 60 percent and leading to a dangerous shortage of pollinators. Two such products have been produced by the German company Bayer CropScience since 1991, and are leading sellers for the multinational. It is a systemic toxin which works its way from the seed throughout the plant, infiltrating the pollen and nectar, and is extremely persistent in soil. Several groups have brought lawsuits against the company, including the Natural Resources Defense Council, which charges that the EPA had access to studies finding a link between the chemical and “colony collapse disorder” but did not disclose the information. Full Story: Environment News Service

    Systemic toxins ftw!

    Original article: http://www.rodaleinstitute.org/20080911/fp2
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    Sep 18, 2008 9:23 PM GMT
    And I have no doubt that insecticide is therefore in the food being eaten from those plants...oh wonderful.....icon_eek.gif......glad I have gone organic! .... icon_biggrin.gif
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    Sep 19, 2008 12:45 AM GMT
    Not exactly a credible source. Most of the "facts" are incorrect or emotionally-twisted half-truths.

    And BTW, this class of insecticides is based on molecules that plants produce in the first place. Not that that has anything to do with whether they're safe to eat, but it's exactly the sort of thing that the organofraudsters would be trumpeting if they were the ones getting too much money for it.
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    Sep 19, 2008 2:39 AM GMT
    Go figure LOL
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    Sep 19, 2008 3:41 AM GMT
    I agree with the sketchiness of the research. Nevertheless, everyone up here seems to douse everything with insecticide whenever a bug enters their yard. I've used plant soap twice in the past year, and that was just because my new ninebark came with aphids already attached. I've got a healty balance of predators and prey, and bees galore (my Joe Pye probably has a hundred on it at a time).

    I think we all could stop being so freaked out when something takes a bite out of a leaf. Canada has banned tons of systemics just to keep them out of the hands of the anal-retentive public.
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    Sep 19, 2008 5:03 AM GMT
    i remember first hearing about this around a year ago. for our share in trying to encourage the bees to come back, my roommate and i here at our place, my mom in her huge yard, my gramma in her yard, and my other gramma on her 300 acre farm all plant as many flower bearing plants as possible. i don't know what, if any, impact this will have, but we hope to at least provide a space where they can have access to plants that aren't poisoning them. (of course all this is for nothing if the neighbors aren't complying)