Category Archives: Bee Crisis

Stinging rebuke: Court rules against EPA’s lax approval of Dow’s bee-poisonous pesticide

Source:RT
Date: 11 September 2015

A federal appeals court in the US has rejected a decision by the Environmental Protection Agency to approve an insecticide harmful to honeybees without proper verification of the chemical’s effects.

The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled Thursday that the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) improperly approved and registered the pesticide sulfoxaflor, made by Dow AgroSciences, in violation of the agency’s regulatory protocol.

Environmentalists and representatives of the honey and beekeeping industries said sulfoxalfor is a type of insecticide chemical known as a neonicotinoid that is associated with mass death among bee populations worldwide.

The court agreed with sulfoxaflor’s neonicotinoid status in its ruling, finding that the EPA based its regulatory decision on “flawed and limited data,” and that sulfoxaflor approval was not based around “substantial evidence.” Continue reading Stinging rebuke: Court rules against EPA’s lax approval of Dow’s bee-poisonous pesticide

Bee-Killing Neonics Found in 50% of Rivers and Streams Sampled in Study

Source:Natural Society
Date: 6 September 2015
Author: Christina Sarich

As communities ban the chemicals

The Midwestern United States first saw a burgeoning problem with super weeds, caused by GMOs. Now in a study conducted by researchers from the United States Geological Survey who collected samples from 9 sites in Nebraska and Iowa, it was found that neonicotinoids, otherwise known as bee-killing pesticides, were present in varying amounts in every single river and stream.

Although the levels of neonicotinoids varied depending on the sample site, many of the sites tested contained the pesticides in levels that are considered harmful.

The growing threat of neonicotinoids has not escaped public scrutiny, and though this was not a study to prove toxicity, the presence of neonics almost everywhere in the US is now undeniable. Continue reading Bee-Killing Neonics Found in 50% of Rivers and Streams Sampled in Study

Monsanto pushes farmers to grow bee-killing soybeans

Natural News
20 November 2014

(NaturalNews) Despite an ever-growing sales volume year after year, Monsanto’s genetically-modified (GM) soybeans aren’t helping farmers produce greater yields, nor are they helping the planet. The transgenic crop, which is heavily doused in neonicotinoid pesticides, is a leading cause of the bee death phenomenon known as colony collapse disorder (CCD), which means it is also a significant threat to the entire food supply. Continue reading Monsanto pushes farmers to grow bee-killing soybeans

37 Million Bees Found Dead In Ontario, Canada After Planting Large GMO Corn Field

Organic Health
7 November 2014

Millions of bees dropped dead after GMO corn was planted few weeks ago in Ontario, Canada. The local bee keeper, Dave Schuit who produces honey in Elmwood lost about 37 million bees which are about 600 hives.

“Once the corn started to get planted our bees died by the millions,” Schuit said. While many bee keepers blame neonicotinoids, or “neonics.” for colony collapse of bees and many countries in EU have banned neonicotinoid class of pesticides, the US Department of Agriculture fails to ban insecticides known as neonicotinoids, manufactured by Bayer CropScience Inc. Continue reading 37 Million Bees Found Dead In Ontario, Canada After Planting Large GMO Corn Field

EPA knew pesticides were killing honeybees in the 1970s but punished those who spoke out

Natural News
September 26, 2014

(NaturalNews) For decades, top officials at the Environmental Protection Agency (PEA) were aware that a compound approved for agricultural use in the United States was wiping out the honeybee population, but they chose to ignore the compound’s effects in deference to pressure from agri-giant corporations.

Worse, the agency reacted harshly to anyone within the EPA who attempted to bring the issue to light, including through firings, forced reassignments and other actions.

According to a scholarly 2014 study [PDF] compiled by researcher Rosemary Mason, “on behalf of a global network of independent scientists, beekeepers and environmentalists,” and published on the website of MIT, “We have found historical and chronological evidence to show that the herbicide glyphosate (or other herbicides that are used as alternatives) is responsible for the transformation of garden escapes into super-weeds (in the UK these are termed ‘invasive species’).” Continue reading EPA knew pesticides were killing honeybees in the 1970s but punished those who spoke out

Uncertain future for Auckland beekeeping

NZ Stuff
Delwyn Dickey
Last updated 15:14 18/07/2014

URBAN BEES: Beekeepers across Auckland are concerned their hives could be under threat.

An argument between neighbours over bee hives kept on an orchard in Kumeu now has Auckland hobby beekeepers worried they could soon need a resource consent to keep their hives on their own property.

Or even worse, hives could be banned in urban and country living areas altogether.

A submission under the Auckland Unitary Plan has been made by Kumeu/Huapai Residents and Ratepayers Association chairman Pete Sinton as agent for his partner Jenny Price’s Kumeu company.

Sinton and Price have been in dispute with their orchardist neighbour Peta McClure over hives being kept in the orchard. Continue reading Uncertain future for Auckland beekeeping