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  • Pesticides & the silencing of the bees | Honey Bee Haven
    many People all along the social and political spectrum are freaked out by the sudden decline of bee populations Even those who don t know that bees are indicator species still know on a visceral level that bees are canaries in the coal mine Their declining populations signal that something is profoundly wrong that our environment is unwell and out of balance In public discussions of CCD people generally fall into two camps those who believe pathogens and parasites are behind bee die offs and those who believe that pesticides are the problem The truth is that pathogens parasites and pesticides are all at play But the fuller truth is that pesticides are absolutely driving bee losses in a number of different ways Herbicides Increased herbicide use driven by RoundUp Ready GE crops is killing off habitat that bees rely on for nutrition Older pesticides Foliar spray applications of any number of pesticides while bees are foraging is still common practice Bees are especially vulnerable to many insecticides when you spray when and where they are eating they die EPA and the pesticide industry have recently repeatedly proven that they are unwilling to do anything about this other than tell beekeepers to get out of the way But thankfully commercial beekeepers have flatly refused noting that even if they vacate their hives in time there is no way to move wild pollinators Fungicides A new class of fungicides once rarely used on corn have been widely promoted since 2006 as yield boosters The few studies we have about the effects of fungicides on bees points to their synergistic effects when combined with neonics as they often are they increase the bee toxicity of the latter up to 1 000 fold The chemistry of yet another new class of fungicides indicates that they have insecticidal effects Emerging science also points to fungicides as killing off important bee gut microbiota such as the LB that bees rely upon to turn pollen into bee bread or the friendly bacteria that combat infection Inert ingredients New science out of the University of Pennsylvania s bee team shows that adjuvants or inert ingredients that make up the bulk of a pesticide product formulation are impacting bee health as well Neonicotinoids A relatively new class of systemic insecticides neonicotinoids covers at least 142 million acres of countryside much of it corn on which bees rely heavily for protein As systemics these insecticides are water soluable coursing through plants vascular systems to be expressed in pollen nectar and guttation droplets This class also happens to be very long lasting so they are accumulating in the soil and showing up in the nectar of non treated plants like dandelions The most widely used of these neonicotinoids imidacloprid clothianidin thiamethoxam are known to be highly acutely toxic to bees and have a variety of sub lethal effects ranging from disorientation to memory immunity and reproductive impairment These pesticides are clearly harming bees but so do a lot of other

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  • Bees need EPA to stop stalling. Now. | Honey Bee Haven
    by panna on Sat 08 18 2012 15 27 Between now and September 25th we have an opportunity to respond to EPA s recent decision that pollinator declines don t present an imminent hazard Join us in telling EPA that bee die offs are an emergency requiring immediate action and 2018 is much too late Keeping a bee toxic pesticide clothianidin on the market illegally despite the absence of valid

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  • Guest Blog: Teaching pollinator importance | Honey Bee Haven
    feared by many For my project I taught a week long class about bees and bats at the middle school summer youth enrichment program There were approximately 30 kids in the program I started off by teaching them basic information about bees such as the parts of a bee different kinds of bees hive organization and the jobs of the worker bees We then discussed some problems bees are facing such as colony collapse disorder and ways that the students and their families can help Some of the ways we talked about were providing native plants water sources not using pesticides and leaving nesting materials in the garden We even made bumblebee houses The kids learned these things through games crafts and guest speakers It was fun and the kids really learned a lot Another part of the program was making a pollinator garden on the school grounds The garden has lots of flowers many of them native as well as vegetables The kids have enjoyed picking tomatoes peppers and radishes for their lunch salads The garden will be an ongoing project of the youth program and will provide bees and other pollinators with another food source in the neighborhood

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  • Bee die-offs are an emergency. | Honey Bee Haven
    beekeepers from around the country in filing a legal petition with EPA calling on the agency to make use of its emergency powers to protect bees from Bayer s pesticide clothianidin Sources tell us that in the next two weeks EPA will decide whether or not bees dying off at unprecedented rates constitutes an imminent hazard Since the wholesale decline of bees and other pollinators is most certainly an imminent

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