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  • In the spin cycle | Honey Bee Haven
    the neonic market Bayer Syngenta and Monsanto all have a great deal at stake in protecting their products public image Bayer and Syngenta specifically dominate global neonic manufacturing primarily profiting from three top sellers Their 2009 sales alone are impressive Imidicloprid Bayer 1 1 billion Thiamethoxam Syngenta 627 million Clothianidin Bayer 439 million And while Monsanto doesn t manufacture neonics like the other two corporations it sells neonic treated seeds also big business In the U S 94 of the corn planted is pre treated with neonics as is much of the soy Spin spin spin When it comes to neonics or DDT or cigarettes the first line of corporate defense is to deny all culpability and divert attention to another culprit In this instance corporate players continue to highlight the multiple factors argument Because while scientists agree that there is no one single cause of bee declines they also agree that pesticides are a key factor a point industry is quick to gloss over as they aim a finger at beekeeper mismanagement pathogens and particularly varroa mites As stated in the FOE report Bayer s leading spokesperson on bee health said It s generally known that the varroa mite is the main enemy of the bee There s even a giant sculpture of a varroa mite at Bayer s Bee Care center in Germany And on its Plight of the Bees webpage Syngenta enumerates 11 causes of the bee crisis and Colony Collapse Disorder with only passing mention of pesticides in the context of farmers misusing them While deflecting responsibility on one hand industry is also mounting a positive PR campaign to show how much these corporations truly care about healthy bees Bayer s Bee Care Tour has been making its way across the country stopping at research universities

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  • Neonic seed treatments don't add up | Honey Bee Haven
    community and the nation as a whole The articles reviewed by Center for Food Safety authors include yield data for corn crops in the U S as well as canola dry beans soybeans and wheat In addition to almost all corn seed being treated with neonics approximately half of soybeans are coated with these bee harming pesticides as is more than 90 of planted canola Farmers are faced with a lack of alternatives when sourcing seed and they are not seeing the benefits of the widespread prophylactic application of neonics Dr Krupke is quoted in the report Because there is no demonstrable benefit in the vast majority of fields years we have surveyed it is apparent that seed treatments are dramatically overused in these crops The downside Neonics are now the most widely used class of insecticides in the world and seed treatments are a significant part of that use They are systemic pesticides taken up through a plant s vascular system and transmitted throughout including in pollen and nectar which bees forage and drink Most neonics are acutely toxic to bees and single high dose i e acute exposures can be lethal That said bees are more commonly faced with chronic low level exposures over time as they forage in the field Studies have shown that sub lethal effects of neonics can include altered foraging and feeding behavior impaired orientation and social communication undermined immunity and delayed larval development All of these impacts are contributing to dramatic declines in honey bee populations as well as native pollinators The bad news doesn t stop there Neonics are water soluble and persist in soil for years And while a small percentage of the pesticide coating is taken up by a plant much of it dissipates into the soil and water accumulating

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  • Building buzz for bees | Honey Bee Haven
    fronts And despite numerous studies linking neonicotinoids with bee kills colony collapse and weakened immune systems EPA continues to operate under an alarmingly slow registration review process that extends to 2018 Bees can t wait Last year beekeepers reported losing 40 70 of their colonies and some were forced to close their businesses as a result Loss data has not yet been released for this year but the trend will likely hold steady Since 2006 commercial beekeepers have lost a third or more of their bees each year Beekeepers including Jim Doan in New York are incredibly concerned and calling for real action Beekeepers are losing colonies at an unprecedented rate the losses are too extreme to keep up with and our entire industry is at risk of collapse unless federal action is taken Convening conferences and changing pesticide labels is lip service and window dressing to the issue but has no substance Honey bees are responsible for producing one in every three bites of food we eat and the estimated value of the pollination services they provide for agriculture in the U S is 19 billion Almonds apples cherries and many more fruits and vegetables rely on bees for pollination A growing body of scientific evidence shows bees are being harmed by widespread use of neonicotinoids both alone and in combination with other pesticides It s the job of the EPA to review such pesticides for safety and take decisive action when they re found to be harmful Growing momentum In the absence of federal action several states have taken action independently to introduce legislation that would restrict the use of bee harming pesticides California Minnesota and New York are among the states considering action in their state legislatures And this month Eugene Oregon became the first city in

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