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Corn insecticide linked to honeybee die-off
By EarthSky ^ | MAR 19, 2012 | By EarthSky

Posted on 04/27/2012 1:06:42 AM PDT by ATOMIC_PUNK

New research has linked springtime die-offs of honeybees with insecticides used to coat corn seeds, according to a study in American Chemical Society’s journal Environmental Science & Technology on March 6, 2012. The finding might be a clue to the cause of the mysterious malady afflicting honeybees called colony collapse disorder.

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TOPICS: Agriculture; Food; Gardening; Outdoors
KEYWORDS: gmo; honeybees; monsanto; toxic
Other Links

icotine-Based Insecticide Residues Killing Honey Bees http://forums.castanet.net/viewtopic.php?f=22&t=39658

US study shows latest nicotine-based sprays attack insects' immune systems http://lifeabundantly-alim.blogspot.com/2012/02/new-pesticides-killing-honey-bees.html

1 posted on 04/27/2012 1:06:47 AM PDT by ATOMIC_PUNK
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To: ATOMIC_PUNK

Probably find out the big agriculture companies knew about this all along, but refused to tell? It would kill their profits.


2 posted on 04/27/2012 1:17:32 AM PDT by rawhide
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To: ATOMIC_PUNK

I would say ANY insecticide would kill bees. Shame they are ingesting it.

How pure is their honey now? (if they live long enough to make it?) aren’t we ingesting the insecticide also?

I was listening to C2C tonight. Some lady spoke about the nicotine insecticide. I got the impression that she was mostly concerned about the nicotine insecticide than with ANY other insecticide.

My next thought was... no matter ow healthy one tries to eat, it’s impossible. What was once pure, is now contaminated “naturally”.

and they wonder why people are fat. The fat is protecting them from the poisons.


3 posted on 04/27/2012 1:25:55 AM PDT by 1_Rain_Drop
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To: ATOMIC_PUNK

Bogus! All the “scientists” in the know always told us its anthropogenic global warming that kills honey bees.


4 posted on 04/27/2012 2:27:40 AM PDT by lefty-lie-spy (Stay metal. For the Horde \m/("_")\m/ - via iPhone from Tokyo.)
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To: rawhide

What a bogus story -

“seed coatings and planting methods killed honeybees that flew through the emission cloud of the seeding machine.”

Ok, that accounts for 5 dead bees in the country.

What a waste of taxpayer money.


5 posted on 04/27/2012 2:52:03 AM PDT by rusty millet
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To: ATOMIC_PUNK

Yeah i domt get scared much for the environmental hyperventilations. But this bee population thing really concerns me. I dont assign blame but if theres a possible causal relationship to this seed coating then we should take it seriously.


6 posted on 04/27/2012 2:52:34 AM PDT by Samurai_Jack (ride out and confront the evil!)
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To: ATOMIC_PUNK
Man, they've been treating corn seed with organo-phosphates (definite WMD) for a generation. I've seen whole flocks, communities of water fowl, wiped out in a day after planting. Bees? They're way back in line. And you should hear the experts explain away the residue in the food chain, how the metabolites of this deadly nerve toxin become essentially spread through the plant and are no longer present in enough quantity to be a problem at harvest time.

Never do they disappear or become less deadly.

Nicotine, in tomatoes and their sibling tobacco plants are alkaloid metabolic waste that builds up inside the plant cells over time. They double as natural nerve toxins because of their formidable ability to transverse the blood-brain barrier in mammals. There is a proportional relationship between the fat-solubility of a compound and its addictive qualities, and Nicotine is up there with heroin and Valium.

The use of nicotine directly as a "natural" insecticide is almost certainly a reaction to the previous bird-killing qualities of organo-phosphate.

I would not be surprised to discover genetic-engineered corn and other crops (since almost no natural seed is in the food chain these days) spliced to produce nicotine, which would seem easy since they are naturally a part of the tobacco / tomato plant.

Now, if they would use hemp, that one also produces a less blood-brain transversant fat soluble alkaloid compound that has a different effect on insects. The bees would live but no work would get done, I suppose.

7 posted on 04/27/2012 2:55:15 AM PDT by Prospero
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To: Prospero

Does this mean I have to give my 2-pack-a-day Marlboro habit of 55 years? </s>


8 posted on 04/27/2012 3:25:48 AM PDT by carriage_hill (I'd vote for a "orange juice can", before 0bummer&HisRegimeFromHell, gets another 4yrs. Can-> later.)
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To: ATOMIC_PUNK

I wasn’t aware that colony collapse disorder was limited to, or particularly acute in, the corn belt. I’ve not followed the issue closely, but I had gathered the impression that it was a national phenomenon.


9 posted on 04/27/2012 3:45:25 AM PDT by sphinx
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To: ATOMIC_PUNK

I read about 6 months ago that a virus had been discovered that was causing the Colony Collapse Syndrome. Yet I continue to see articles blaming stuff like insecticides and, of course, climate change.


10 posted on 04/27/2012 3:45:33 AM PDT by BfloGuy (The final outcome of the credit expansion is general impoverishment.)
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To: ATOMIC_PUNK; JustaDumbBlonde

JADB, for your info.


11 posted on 04/27/2012 3:53:15 AM PDT by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: BfloGuy

“Yet I continue to see articles blaming stuff like insecticides and, of course, climate change.”
Precisely. Scientific study today means nothing more than whipping up hysteria by proffering opinions disguised as research - mostly to support a favored agenda.


12 posted on 04/27/2012 4:30:23 AM PDT by bitterohiogunclinger (Proudly casting a heavy carbon footprint as I clean my guns ---)
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To: 1_Rain_Drop
The fat is protecting them from the poisons.
How so?
13 posted on 04/27/2012 4:38:12 AM PDT by samtheman ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CZ-4gnNz0vc)
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To: samtheman; 1_Rain_Drop

IIRC many toxins are stored in body fat.


14 posted on 04/27/2012 5:37:10 AM PDT by khelus
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To: rawhide
They were talking about exactly this as the probable cause for this about 3 to 4 years ago on Coast to Coast AM.

Yeah, that's right. They are all wackos who should be made fun of whenever mentioned./s

15 posted on 04/27/2012 6:43:52 AM PDT by zeugma (Those of us who work for a living are outnumbered by those who vote for a living.)
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To: Prospero
Now, if they would use hemp, that one also produces a less blood-brain transversant fat soluble alkaloid compound that has a different effect on insects. The bees would live but no work would get done, I suppose.

Funny.

16 posted on 04/27/2012 6:46:17 AM PDT by zeugma (Those of us who work for a living are outnumbered by those who vote for a living.)
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To: Red_Devil 232
Thank you for the ping. This 'study' is so bogus and the products in question do not in any way cause colony collapse disorder.

Corn is widely grown here, we've got 900 acres of it on our farm this year, and we are NOT big corn farmers. There have been -zero- cases of colony collapse reported in Louisiana.

This hysteria is agenda-driven by a bunch of anti-chemical zealots.

17 posted on 04/27/2012 6:51:48 AM PDT by JustaDumbBlonde (Don't wish doom on your enemies ... plan it.)
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To: Prospero

“Now, if they would use hemp, that one also produces a less blood-brain transversant fat soluble alkaloid compound that has a different effect on insects. The bees would live but no work would get done, I suppose.”

Buzz’ed bees” - what an idea!

;-)


18 posted on 04/27/2012 7:16:37 AM PDT by GladesGuru (In a society predicated upon freedom, it is necessary to examine principles."...the public interest)
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