Skip to comments.Honeybee Deaths Linked to Corn Insecticides
Posted on 03/16/2012 7:27:42 AM PDT by nuconvert
What was killing all those honeybees in recent years? New research shows a link between an increase in the death of bees and insecticides, specifically the chemicals used to coat corn seeds.
The study, titled "Assessment of the Environmental Exposure of Honeybees to Particulate Matter Containing Neonicotinoid Insecticides Coming from Corn Coated Seeds," was published in the American Chemical Society's Environmental Science & Technology journal, and provides insight into colony collapse disorder.
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wow, that’s a shocker !! NOT !!!!
I was spraying “Seven” on our shrubs this past weekend cause they were absolutely infested with deer ticks, and when reading the label it said it had a devestating effect on honey bees, big warnings.
So, massive quantities of pesticides being used in pharming, no big suprise there. Problem is, some of the corn itself is a pesticide, it is literally in the genes’s of the corn.
If we lose the bees there will be many hungry people.
ROFLOL, it is anti fungus treatment and the also put it on garden corn, so be careful it may get you.
Imidacloprid is a systemic insecticide which acts as an insect neurotoxin and belongs to a class of chemicals called the neonicotinoids. Neonicotinoids are a class of insecticides which act on the central nervous system of insects with lower toxicity to mammals. Although it is now off patent, the primary manufacturer of this chemical is Bayer CropScience, (part of Bayer AG). German chemical firm Bayer CropScience. The trade names for imidacloprid include Gaucho, Admire, Merit, Advantage, Confidor, Provado, and Winner. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Imidacloprid Imidacloprid effects on bees - Industry-sponsored studies appear to be inconsistent with those produced by independent scientists. Even after 18 years of use, regulatory agencies still do not have conclusive data to determine the effects of imidacloprid on bee colonies. 
In February 2010, the documentary film Nicotine Bees was released. This film analyzes the possible factors contributing to the large bee die-offs worldwide and concludes that the large use of neonicotinoids is the most probable cause of the recent bee die-offs.
Assessment of the Environmental Exposure of Honeybees to Particulate Matter Containing Neonicotinoid Insecticides Coming from Corn Coated Seeds http://pubs.acs.org/action/doSearch?action=search&searchText=Neonicotinoid+Insecticides+&qsSearchArea=searchText&type=within&publication=40025991
How does this happen?
List of (70)crop plants pollinated by bees http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_crop_plants_pollinated_by_bees
We are inching our way toward a critical tipping point, said Steve Ellis, secretary of the National Honey Bee Advisory Board (NHBAB) and a beekeeper for 35 years. Last year he had so many abnormal bee die-offs that hell qualify for disaster relief from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).
In addition to continued reports of CCD a still somewhat mysterious phenomenon in which entire bee colonies literally disappear, alien-abduction style, leaving not even their dead bodies behind bee populations are suffering poor health in general, and experiencing shorter life spans and diminished vitality. And while parasites, pathogens, and habitat loss can deal blows to bee health, research increasingly points to pesticides as the primary culprit.
Another theory had to do with the genetically modified corn plant was manufacturing a kind of pesticide and that the honeybees just ‘lost it’ when they reached a certain level of toxicity.
Another case of aiming at a pest and “killing a friendly.”
Very true, and well said. I might like to borrow that for a tagline one of these days, if you wouldn't mind?
Monsanto, safety of GMOs have not been tested on humans
From Monsato web site
.. There is no need to test the safety of DNA introduced into GM crops. DNA (and resulting RNA) is present in almost all foods--the only exceptions being highly refined materials like oil or sugar from which all cell material has been removed. Thus, DNA is non-toxic and the presence of DNA, in and of itself, presents no hazard
Not too long ago I put a loaf of bread in a cuppboard that I don’t normally use much and promptly forgot about it.
A month later I noticed it. Rather than just chuck it I opened it for a look. No mold and not much different than a fresh loaf. Made a sandwich. Tasted fine. That should scare the hell out of you.
A month. Have grannie cook a loaf from scratch and see how long it lasts even when bagged. A few days tops before mold sets in.
The amount of preservatives in food today is staggering. the chemicals should save us from the need for embalming. And consider the flour of that home baked bread is made from GM crops to begin with...we are in deep poop. No way to avoid it.
Insecticide kills bugs? Go figure!
Seems more likely to be a disease of some kind owing to the ways the Bees are being moved around to strange environments and interacting with other bees.
That's what I had always thought too until one summer night. My wife and I were in the garage shooting pool at midnight. Out of nowhere a lone honeybee flew in went straight at her face and stung her. It was weird.
How utterly contemptuous and disingenuous. No one is worried about the fricking DNA molecule - the problem is waht that DNA molecule has created in the form of the object that is imitating food.
What Monsanto is saying is exactly equal to locking you into an electric chair, and then saying that arm movements are normal and completely harmless, in relation to the arm movement of the person throwing the switch.
And yeah, we ARE locked into an electric chair, and they ARE throwing the switch. Just try to get away from GM foods - you'll see how locked you are.
Also, it seems someone forgot to tell the bees that they are supposed to be “collapsing.”
According to USDA, USA honey production (million lbs)
Seems rather “CCD” is some sort of propoganda that either benefits the enviromental movement, or the honey producers, or both.
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