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  • Neonics? Not much help to farmers. | Honey Bee Haven
    as applying no insecticides at all Beyond soy For many independent researchers who study neonics Thursday s announcement from EPA isn t big news A report published by the Center for Food Safety CFS earlier this year summarized nineteen peer reviewed studies and found that neonicotinoid seed treatments provide either inconsistent yield benefits or no yield benefits at all when used on corn soy wheat canola and dry beans The only crop that covers more acres in the U S than soybeans is corn And while EPA hasn t made a public statement on corn just yet independent research points to similar conclusions Dr Christian Krupke an entomologist from Purdue University researches the efficacy of different pesticides by using them in areas where insect pests have caused problems for corn and soy crops in the past In CFS s report he explains it like this We have not demonstrated a consistent yield benefit of neonicotinoid seed treatments in either corn or soybeans over many sites and many years 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 Neonic seed treatments are frequently used on soybeans but they re even more common in corn around 94 of the corn planted in the U S is pre treated with neonics What to plant Further into its assessment EPA highlighted an important concern the lack of availability of soybean seed that isn t pretreated with neonicotinoids Neonics don t do much good for soybean yield but growers may not have much of a choice in the matter Consolidation in the seed market means that the pesticide manufacturers and the seed companies are for the most part the same companies and they don t have

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  • Even more bee-toxic pesticides? | Honey Bee Haven
    If EPA grants the request more thiamethoxam will be applied to common crops including corn soybeans wheat and alfalfa that cover over 250 million acres of U S farmland much of it in the Midwest The proposed residue level increases vary by crop but some would go up by as much as 400 times what is currently allowed Already one of the most widely used insecticides in the world higher tolerance levels for thiamethoxam would pave the way for Syngenta to introduce a new use of the neonic foliar spray To date it s been largely used as a seed coating but the corporation sees a growing market for directly spraying plants The problem however is that pesticide spray has a tendency to drift from where it s applied to neighboring crops and flowering plants where bees may be foraging or even to surface water Bees would be exposed to even more of the damaging chemical than they already face Heading in the wrong direction According to a Syngenta spokesperson the corporation is committed to biodiversity including thriving pollinators But with a preponderance of evidence showing links between declining bee populations and the widespread use of neonics Syngenta s actions are in direct opposition to the corporate line Even when exposed to low doses that aren t immediately lethal neonics wreak havoc on bees suppressing their immune systems and disrupting their ability to navigate forage for food and return to the hive among other things These impacts in combination with other stressors has contributed to annual hive losses of 30 or more since 2006 If Syngenta gets its way additional use of thiamethoxam will add to the burden of pesticide exposure bees and other pollinators are currently struggling under And as beekeepers report their industry is already on the verge

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  • Mexican beekeepers vs. Monsanto | Honey Bee Haven
    permit for commercial planting of RoundUp ready soybeans in the state The judge found that co existence between honey production and GMO soybeans is not possible given European restrictions on imports of honey contaminated with GMO pollen The court also took regulators to task for ignoring the constitutional requirement to consult with indigenous groups on decisions affecting their territory According to an in depth article in The Guardian Mexico is the world s sixth biggest producer and third largest exporter of honey with more than 54 million U S dollars worth of product exported to the EU in 2011 The Yucatán region produces an estimated 40 of the country s honey almost all of which is exported to the EU The overturned permit had authorized Monsanto to plant RoundUp ready soybeans in seven states on more than 625 000 acres of land Mayan farmers and beekeepers challenged the 2012 decision in court with support from a number of groups including the National Institute of Ecology the National Commission for the Knowledge and Use of Biodiversity and Greenpeace The recent ruling follows on a similar decision by the district court in the state of Campeche in March 2014 which also reprimanded

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