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#1462232 --- 10/26/14 12:40 AM Bees - Another new pesticide
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http://action2.davidsuzuki.org/bees?mkt_tok=3RkMMJWWfF9wsRolva7BZKXonjHpfsX87%2BkuWqS%2FlMI%2F0ER3fOvrPUfGjI4FRcBgI%2BSLDwEYGJlv6SgFS7jNMbZkz7gOXRE%3D

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#1463853 --- 12/08/14 09:15 PM Re: Bees - Another new pesticide [Re: MissingArty]
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Nursery Stops Use of Neonic after Home Depot Adopts Labeling Requirement

http://www.beyondpesticides.org/dailynewsblog/?p=14597
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#1464322 --- 12/30/14 06:36 PM Re: Bees - Another new pesticide [Re: MissingArty]
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#1465310 --- 01/27/15 12:45 AM Re: Bees - Another new pesticide [Re: MissingArty]
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Neonicotinoids called bigger threat to environment than DDT

http://www.beyondpesticides.org/dailynewsblog/?p=14262
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#1467441 --- 03/12/15 09:48 PM Re: Bees - Another new pesticide [Re: MissingArty]
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Glyphosate & Honeybees, interview with Don Huber 2014

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2HFDeno_5vU#t=55
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#1468732 --- 04/08/15 05:36 PM Re: Bees - Another new pesticide [Re: MissingArty]
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#1469357 --- 04/19/15 12:33 AM Re: Bees - Another new pesticide [Re: MissingArty]
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CAMPAIGN UPDATE

Bee Proud!

If you’re one of the hundreds of thousands of people who attended protests and bee die-ins at Lowe’s garden centers, or signed petitions asking Lowe’s to save the bees by ending the sale of neonicotinoid pesticides and plants pre-treated with neonics, congratulations!

Last week (April 9, 2015), Lowe’s announced it would begin phasing out neonics and working with growers to source alternatives. In Lowe’s own words:

Lowe's is committed to regularly reviewing the products and information it offers customers. Following studies that say many factors, including neonicotinoid pesticides, could potentially damage the health of pollinators, Lowe's has committed to take several steps to support pollinator health. Lowe's will phase out the sale of products that contain neonic pesticides within 48 months as suitable alternatives become commercially available. Lowe's will include greater organic and non-neonic product selections, work with growers to eliminate the use of neonic pesticides on bee-attractive plants it sells and educate customers and employees through in-store and online resources.

You also asked Home Depot to stop selling bee-killing plants. So far, Home Depot has only agreed to label plants pre-treated with neonics, and the labels aren’t exactly eye-catching.

But the Lowe’s announcement proves that you, the consumer, have the power to get the attention of even a national corporate chain like Lowe’s, and better yet, to influence its executives and move them in a better direction. Thank you for your work on this campaign!

More here
https://www.organicconsumers.org/bytes/organic-bytes-466-ready-gmo-labels-hillary
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#1471345 --- 05/24/15 12:37 AM Re: Bees - Another new pesticide [Re: MissingArty]
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Honeybee Swarm...Don't Panic!!

Honeybees can be attributed to 1/3 of our food supply. They are important to our economy as well as our ecology. They are threatened due to pesticides, disease, and pests that attack them.
If you have a swarm clustered in your bush, on your fence, or the hood of your car, don't break out the wasp spray!
If they are in the wall of a shed or your attic, we can help.
Call or text the Seneca Bee Rescue.
Anywhere in the Finger Lakes area.
We will come out, safely capture the bees, and relocate them to a secure area where they can again become productive members society!
In return we will leave you with a jar of honey.
Write down this number. Tell your friends and neighbors. Save the Bees!
We are not an extermination service. We don't do wasp removal.
We are beekeepers looking to save this important and endangered species.

http://fingerlakes.craigslist.org/grd/4996773598.html
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#1471395 --- 05/25/15 02:51 PM Re: Bees - Another new pesticide [Re: MissingArty]
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From Sum of Us

A shocking new report finds that honeybee death rates spiked by 23 percent in the past year. Bees were already dying by the million, so this is truly frightening news.

And what did Bayer, the world's biggest producer of bee-killing pesticides, say about it?

They called the increase in bee deaths "good news" -- because the increase wasn't as big as it might have been.

Enough is enough -- we're organizing to demand that Bayer stop selling bee-killing pesticides at the company's annual shareholder meeting in Germany on May 27.

Will you chip in $50 to buy ads in major newspapers with quotes from beekeepers at the centre of the massive bee die-off that Bayer and its shareholders can't miss, so that the company will have to take us seriously at the meeting? SumOfUs campaigners will also be there in person to deliver our message.

Yes, I'll chip in $50 to help stand up to Bayer and save the bees.

Bees play an absolutely critical role in agriculture as pollinators. Many of the world's most important food crops rely on bees to grow.

And one of the key reasons for the massive global bee die-off is the explosion in use of bee-killing pesticides known as neonicotinoids. Bayer is the biggest producer of bee-killers of them all.

We know Bayer will do everything they can to silence us. But by putting massive ads in newspapers at the heart of Bayer's global headquarters, they won't be able to ignore.

https://action.sumofus.org/a/bayer_colog...sub=fwd&t=1
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#1471771 --- 06/02/15 09:35 PM Re: Bees - Another new pesticide [Re: MissingArty]
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Erin Brockovich

Recently we demanded Home Depot stop selling formaldehyde contaminated wood flooring products ...and they did! Now we need to stop them from selling these deadly neoniconoids contaminated plants.

Do not, I repeat, do not buy plants treated with neoniconoids. Bees take the pollen back to the hive and feed it to the brood.
This is the number one cause of colony collapse!

Neonicotinoid residues are found in pollen and nectar consumed by pollinators such as bees and butterflies. The residues can reach lethal concentrations in some situations.

Neonicotinoids can persist in soil for months or years after a single application. Measurable amounts of residues were found in woody plants up to six years after application.

Untreated plants may absorb chemical residues left over in the soil from the previous year.

Products approved for homeowners to use in gardens, lawns, and on ornamental trees have manufacturer-recommended application rates up to 120 times higher than rates approved for agricultural crops.

There is no direct link demonstrated between neonicotinoids and the honey bee syndrome known as Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD). However, recent research suggests that neonicotinoids may make honey bees more susceptible to parasites and pathogens, including the intestinal parasite Nosema, which has been implicated as one causative factor in CCD.

Many neonicotinoid pesticides that are sold to homeowners for use on lawns and gardens do not have any mention of the risks of these products to bees, and the label guidance for products used in agriculture is not always clear or consistent.
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#1471834 --- 06/04/15 06:34 AM Re: Bees - Another new pesticide [Re: MissingArty]
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Astonishing Time-Lapse Captures the Development of Baby Honeybees

May 22, 2015 by Ellyn Kail

http://www.featureshoot.com/2015/05/asto...baby-honeybees/
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#1471938 --- 06/06/15 09:12 AM Re: Bees - Another new pesticide [Re: MissingArty]
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We saw an idea on facebook that helps keep bee's away from your patio area, not using any poison. Just a plain brown paper grocery bag. Stuff it with old plastic bags and tie it off at the top and hang it up in your sitting area. I guess it looks like a yellow jacket/ hornet's nest and scares away the other bee's. Does it work? All I can say is we don't very many bee's buzzing us as we sit outside, so I would say yes it does help...

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#1471957 --- 06/06/15 02:46 PM Re: Bees - Another new pesticide [Re: MissingArty]
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Good idea, Spi63, if you do not want any honeybees around. I haven't seen one honeybee this year, only a wasp and bumble bees and a neighbor has a bug zapper that's pretty quiet at night.

These are not good signs. Do people understand our bees and bugs are being killed by our farmers using chemicals in food production?

trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hAMlir8oprw

free for a limited time: http://www.disclose.tv/.../Genetic_Roulette_the_Gamble.../

film: http://geneticroulettemovie.com/
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#1472765 --- 06/23/15 08:39 PM Re: Bees - Another new pesticide [Re: MissingArty]
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EPA Plan to Save Bees Skirts the Issue, Ignores Most Problematic Form of Pesticide Use

May 28th, 2015

“EPA is continuing to ignore the elephant in the room – insecticide seed coatings. This unnecessary application of insecticides pervades and contaminates every aspect of a bee’s environment – its food, its water, its entire habitat,” said Larissa Walker, pollinator campaign director at Center for Food Safety. “We can’t save bees just by limiting spraying here and there when entire ecosystems have become danger zones for pollinators.”

http://www.centerforfoodsafety.org/press...-pesticide-use#
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#1496508 --- 03/11/17 07:48 AM Re: Bees - Another new pesticide [Re: MissingArty]
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Written by a retired EPA employee and the author of the book, 'Poison Spring'.

Why Honeybees Don’t Have A Chance In The Midst Of Pesticides

I keep writing about honeybees because in my long experience at the US Environmental Protection Agency, nothing affected me more than my discovery that the plight of the honeybees has been a result of industry malfeasance and corruption managed by the EPA. Suddenly, I could read the hidden script of modern archaeology excavating the complex codes of federal regulation, risk assessment, and environmental protection. Honeybees became the mirror of self-delusion and destruction.

It all started innocently. A few ecologists monitoring pesticides and their impact on honeybees raised the alarm as early as 1976. They wrote detailed memoranda on the hazardous and often lethal effects of neurotoxic farm insecticides on honeybees. They recommended a moratorium on such pesticides that crippled the abilities of honeybees to search for nectar and pollen and, at the same time, pollinate some of our crops.

However, by mid-1970s, America’s political class had had it with EPA, which in 1972 dared ban the king of farm sprays, DDT. So politicians tied the EPA to the profits of the industry. My colleagues’ recommendations went nowhere. EPA kept approving “bad actors,” deleterious pesticides, with far-reaching consequences not merely for honeybees but for all life.

This was astonishing to me. By the time I joined EPA, in 1979, the agency was imploding from industry corruption. With utter contempt for public and environmental health, the industry declared war on science and even the environmental laws it had drafted for the government. The agribusiness industry became the alternative model of government and society. It expected no resistance or change. EPA was simply its lapdog. But unexpected things happened.

In 1976, an outstanding pathologist from the US Food and Drug Administration, Adrian Gross, uncovered a massive lab fraud. Companies paid a large laboratory known as Industrial Bio-Test, near Chicago, to test their products for federal approval. IBT did just that, using fraud and deceit to make the products shine.

Gross reported the fraud he discovered and EPA, FDA, and the entire federal government and the industry panicked. Companies went to their paid lobbyists who went to the paid-for Congressmen and Senators who went to the White House that ordered EPA to minimize and ignore the lab crime and its potential deleterious effects on public and environmental health.

It took seven years, from 1976 to 1983, to shut down IBT. And none of the major pesticides that gained license through the flawless data generating IBT machine lost their “registration” with the EPA. In other words, the fraud and crime of approving pesticides with fake data was never punished. The owners of IBT pesticides did not go to prison.

This period of wild industry corruption gave birth to glyphosate, a weed killer that achieved global significance, being the biggest selling pesticide ever. From 1974, when it came to market, to 2014, more than 1.6 billion kilograms of glyphosate drenched America. This is a Monsanto product.

I don’t know if glyphosate was tested by IBT. But other researchers say glyphosate came out of the house of IBT. Whatever the truth, the result is probably the same: a cloud of suspicion and outright agribusiness fraud has tainted glyphosate.

This history and Monsanto’s fight for global dominance give glyphosate the attention of champions. It is the “active” ingredient of the popular roundup weed killer and the driver of Roundup Ready, genetically engineered crops designed to tolerate glyphosate. Monsanto claims the best, almost harmless virtues, for its precious glyphosate products. Most international organizations, governments, agricultural universities, and the agribusiness industry like Monsanto. Glyphosate continues to be the powerhouse of weed killers and GMOs – worldwide.

Glyphosate does huge damage because, for several decades, it has been touching the environment and public health in vast quantities. According to Don Huber, expert in chemical and biological warfare and professor emeritus of microbiology at Purdue University, glyphosate makes it difficult for crops to absorb micronutrients necessary for their health and nutrition. This means that honeybees suffer from collecting nectar and pollen from crops and wild flowers deficient in micronutrients. Their suffering comes from losing the beneficial microorganisms named lactobacillus and bifidobacterium. This is because glyphosate acts as a powerful antibiotic against these bacteria. Without these bacteria honeybees cannot digest nectar and honey and become disoriented in their foraging.

Add neonicotinoid sprays to the broad deleterious mantle of glyphosate covering the agricultural regions of the Earth, and the honeybees are cooked. Neonicotinoids are straightforward nerve poisons. They, too, disorient honeybees and kill them outright. But in the logic of Huber, glyphosate is just as dreadful to honeybees. In its presence, honeybees “are starving to death even with plenty of honey and bee bread in the hive.” In addition, glyphosate disrupts the hormones of honeybees, which means honeybees “never learn to forage efficiently.” “Put glyphosate and Neonics [neonicotinoids] together in the environment, as we have, and the bees don’t have a chance!” Huber wrote me. In addition, Huber is certain that the two microorganisms that glyphosate kills, lactobacillus and bifidobacterium, do more than help honeybees digest their food. They give honeybees “immunity to mites, foul brood, viruses and stress”: “so with very low drift of glyphosate,” Huber says, “you see all of these [illnesses] present because glyphosate gives bees a bad case of ‘AIDS.’”

Honeybees fly right into the path of glyphosate and neonicotinoids.

Anthony Samsel, a research scientist and consultant on public health, reminded me that glyphosate “causes Alzheimer disease in the honeybee, Apis mellifera. It destroys memory in the creature, so that it forgets its way home. This is probably also true of the Monarch butterfly!”

The only light at the end of this barbarous tunnel is from the United Nations that in late January 2017 denounced the deception, aggression, and detrimental consequences behind the myth that keep pesticides as the pillars of modern farming.

Huber is right. We must “remove” glyphosate. I would add neonicotinoids and most pesticides deserve the same fate: ban them.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/why-...4b0c3276fb7831c
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#1496977 --- 03/24/17 04:11 AM Re: Bees - Another new pesticide [Re: MissingArty]
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Trump relents: Bumblebee to be listed as endangered species

“The Trump administration reversed course and listed the rusty patched bumblebee as an endangered species just in the nick of time," said Rebecca Riley, senior attorney with the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). "Federal protections may be the only thing standing between the bumblebee and extinction,” she said.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/scien...ecies/99454416/
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#1502727 --- 08/02/17 11:34 AM Bees saved by capitalism [Re: MissingArty]
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How Capitalism Saved the Bees: A decade after colony collapse disorder began, pollination entrepreneurs have staved off the beepocalypse.

Despite the increased mortality rates, there has been no downward trend in the total number of honeybee colonies in the United States over the past 10 years. Indeed, there are more honeybee colonies in the country today than when colony collapse disorder began.

Beekeepers have proven incredibly adept at responding to this challenge. Thanks to a robust market for pollination services, they have addressed the increasing mortality rates by rapidly rebuilding their hives, and they have done so with virtually no economic effects passed on to consumers.

Shawn Regan from the August/September 2017 issue

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#1502748 --- 08/02/17 06:49 PM Re: Bees saved by capitalism [Re: newsman38]
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Really? Then "Capitalism" had better tame it's petro/chemical behemoth. Fat freaking chance of THAT ever happening.


Controversial pesticides may threaten queen bees. Alternatives could be worse.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/spea...threaten-queen-

As Bee Populations Decline, One Species Has Completely Disappeared From Maryland
http://baltimore.cbslocal.com/2017/07/31/maryland-bees/

Neonicotinoid pesticides are slowly killing bees
http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/neonicotinoid-pesticides-slowly-killing-bees/

Bees threatened by a common pesticide, EPA finds
http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-pesticide-bees-20160106-story.html

Bees in Crisis
http://www.panna.org/food-farming-derailed/bees-crisis
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