Neonicotinoids: Designed To Kill

According to the EPA, Neonicotinoids are defined as a class of insecticides with a common mode of action that affects the central nervous system of insects, causing paralysis and death. By design, neonicotinoids were in fact, created to kill insects, yet industry claims these chemicals are not responsible for the global decline of our pollinators.

By design, neonicotinoids were created to kill...

Neonicotinoids: All Paths Lead To Death

Initially, the beekeepers referred to the bee decline as “colony collapse” so they could discuss what was happening to their honeybees. However, industry came along and added the word “disorder’, creating the Great Mystery, the black hole into which all discussion descends. We will need endless research to answer the Great Mystery. Colony Collapse is but one of many symptoms, the origins of which can be traced to the neonicotinoids.

“Colony Collapse Disorder is a symptom, not a syndrome.” Tom Theobald, Co-host of The Neonicotinoid View Radio Show.

Tom Theobald Colony Collapse Disorder is a symptom, not a syndrome

Neonicotinoids: Diverting Attention For Profit

Sales from neonicotinoids continue to generate billions of dollars as the devastation of the earth’s environment continues, wiping out mass populations of pollinators, birds, frogs, and so many other species that remain unacknowledged due to lack of funding to further examine the impact. So far, honeybees have taken the spotlight because of their key role in agriculture. Bumblebees are also a focal point due to the fact that they are a “protected” species.

We have been warned about the sub-lethal effects by Dutch Toxicologist, Dr. Henk Tennekes, who first blew the whistle on the true cause of the global decline of bees when he published, A Disaster In The Making.

"The EPA's middle name is protection. Just who is it that they are protecting?" - Tom Theobald

Neonicotinoids: Rebut, Repel, Repeat

It appears to be a never-ending battle. Industry claims there isn’t enough research. However, considering the pleas from the scientific community to ban neonicotinoids combined with the independent, peer-reviewed, published research to back it up, what more do they need? The research has been conducted by well-respected scientists such as Dr. Henk Tennekes, Dr Christian Krupke, Dr Alexander Lu, Dr. Sánchez-Bayo, Dr David Goulson, Dr Chris Connolly, Dr Susan Kegley and countless others. As industry keeps diverting attention away from neonicotinoids, the global pollinator populations continue to decline.

global population declines

What Will You Do The Day The Buzzing Stops?

What if there were no more flowers? What if there were no more bees? What if there were no more beekeepers? What if there was no more food? What will you do the day the buzzing stops?

Neonicotinoids: Significantly More Toxic Than Older Chemicals.

“These newer chemicals called neonicotinoids are significantly more toxic than the older chemicals. However, the dose rate is often below the level that causes the direct acute kill.” Jeff Anderson, interview on The Neonicotinoid View Radio Show

significantly more toxic than the older chemicals.

Neonicotinoids: Impact On Honeybees In America

In the beginning of 2013, there weren’t enough commercial honeybees to pollinate the California almond crop. Commercial beekeepers are desperately trying to keep their bees alive but are becoming casualties of the war from neonicotinoid exposure.

Earlier this year, New York State commercial beekeeper, Jim Doan became another casualty of the neonicotine war. He sold his farm after losing his bees to neonicotinoid exposure. At one point during his tenure, Jim grew his business to manage up to 5300 hives but only a few short years later was reduced to nothing due to a never-ending war against neonicotinoid exposure.

“Before these problems began, a typical US national honey crop would have been in the neighborhood of 250 million pounds. In 2009, the national honey crop was the lowest recorded since records have been kept- 160 million lbs. In 2011, the US Honey crop was 115 million lbs.” Tom Theobald, beekeeper and guest co-host of The Neonicotinoid View Radio Show.

The Impact of Neonicotinoids

Neonicotinoids: There Is NO Co-Existence

“There is NO co-existence. This is what a healthy environment, healthy bees and good beekeeping can accomplish in the absence of damaging pesticides.” Tom Theobald

"There is NO co-existence. This is what a healthy environment, healthy bees and good beekeeping can accomplish in the absence of damaging pesticides." Tom Theobald

Neonicotinoids: Time Is Not On Our Side

“These newer chemicals called neonicotinoids are significantly more toxic than the older chemicals. However, the dose rate is often below the level that causes the direct acute kill.” Jeff Anderson, interview on The Neonicotinoid View Radio Show.

These lower doses over time cause a more significant kill than the older chemicals.


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9 Responses to Neonicotinoids: What Will You Do The Day The Buzzing Stops?

  1. Bill C says:

    Well done! Great job covering all of the happenings going on with neonicotinoids. You are right! They are trying to distract us whilst continuing to destroy the earth.

  2. Susan says:

    Europe has seen the light and banned neonicotinoids. So can we but it will take ACTION on our parts. Call your reps and sign some petitions..

    ? Have You Saved a Bee Today? ? Bee Petitions to Sign and Share! ? #SaveTheBees


  3. Anon E Mouse says:

    You are one of the last of the Mohegans! I have been following your show since it launched in 2010. As you very well know, the chemical quartet (Bayer, Syngenta, Dow and Monsanto) are poisoning the earth. The politicians are in their pocket as well as the “powers that be” who are supposed to be protecting us. The more gmo crops allowed, the sicker we will get. It is getting worse. Thank you for not selling out and keeping them on their toes. I have seen so many “bee advocates” that push all sorts of products that have ties to this quartet of horror. They know that what they are doing will create our demise. It has got to stop! Keep up the good work!

  4. Carl Emmerson says:

    Now they are trying to blame the beekeepers for the decline. We are the only ones keeping the honeybees alive! People need to wake up already!

  5. Margaret Anne Frederick says:

    Going to start a honey bee haven… prairie area….no farms or chemicals. Bee’s travel 2 1/2 mile circumference….trying to be in the middle. Love to grow flowers, flowering bushes and fruit trees. Interested in local honey to get the word out…if people with allergies eat local honey they can build up their immune systems. I wonder if the bees will ever build up their immune systems to more intense chemicals. Would prefer to cut the chemicals…no bees….no good food… harsh chemicals….less food. It is easier to change the chemical make up………..NOW.

  6. dbw says:

    You state the problem which is ginormous. What may we do to assist?

  7. Bee Hayve says:

    I work in a pharmacy. People are still buying Bayer products left and right. You would think the stores would stop selling their stuff but they dont. People are ignorant.

  8. Vaso says:

    The US and Canadian governments are playing the same game of deny and distract. They want solid scientific evidence that these neurotoxins are the problem, they want to take years to re evaluate the products that they approved overnight. In the meantime we will keep blaming the weather, poor nutrition, viruses, varroa mites and everything else, to make sure the profits keep flowing to these corporate thugs while congress gets wined and dined.

  9. Jose Bulatao, Jr. says:

    What are we waiting for? The natural pollination processes are at RISK! If entities and agencies in the public arena will NOT step up to the plate to stem the tide of chemical derivatives that will obliterate the ways in which nature can thrive, planet Earth is doomed.
    It’s as pure and simple as that! The bee keepers cannot stave off the relentless corporate reach for profit-at-all-cost. The general public does not have the coping mechanisms to address this gargantuan problem. Are there any heroes on the horizon?

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