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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.