The Blame Game

It has been almost a year since commercial beekeeper, Jim Doan lost his bees to neonicotinoid exposure. Industry continues to shift the focus away from the pesticides and have used anything and anyone as a scapegoat in order to continue to sell products containing or treated with neonicotinoids. In fact, industry is now shifting the blame on the beekeepers insinuating that beekeepers, who have been managing hives for generations, are at fault. Industry also claims that there is not enough science yet the scientific community continues to publish paper after paper about the impact of neonicotinoids.

Commercial Beekeeper, Jim Doan is now out of business due to pesticide exposure

Commercial Beekeeper, Jim Doan is now out of business due to pesticide exposure

The Money Crop

So, what exactly are these chemicals and why are they controversial? Neonicotinoids are a class of systemic pesticides with a common mode of action that affects the central nervous system of insects, causing paralysis and death. Neonicotinoids are often applied as seed treatments which means coating the seeds before planting. They also generate billions of dollars for the agro-chemical companies that manufacture these chemicals and are available not only for agricultural applications but also can be found in a myriad of garden products available all over the world.

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Profits are growing tremendously thanks to neonicotinoid sales.

Industry also argues that without these systemic pesticides, agriculture will suffer, resulting in crop failure. Perhaps what should be considered is the number of commercial beekeeping operations that have been operating for generations which will be forced to close due to exposure from neonicotinoid pesticides.

Listen To The Interview

Here is the original interview on the only series devoted to the impact of neonicotinoids called “The Neonicotinoid View”. Listen to host, June Stoyer and beekeeping advocate, Tom Theobald talk to New York State commercial beekeeper, Jim Doan to discuss his decision to sell 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 and just a few short years later was reduced to nothing due to a never-ending war against Neonicotinoid exposure. If you would like to hear Jim’s heart-breaking story, stay tuned!

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3 Responses to The End Of An American Beekeeper: The Jim Doan Story

  1. Gladys Hutson says:

    We do have a say in this fight. We vote with our dollar!! STOP BUYING FROM MONSANTO AND BAYER and any company that supports them!!
    I am a backyard beekeeper and a member of a local beekeeper club. We are taking care of each other in the club. I pray that these mega corporations stop and realize that this will also effect them……if there are no bees….no man will survive!!

  2. Jim says:

    It sounds to me like this government is corrupt!

  3. Charlotte Hagen says:

    People are having their yards sprayed, must have a perfect yard. There are mosquito companies spraying yards during the day when pollinators are out. People scream if the their county mosquito trucks are not spraying. They really will be screaming when they have no food. Monsanto and Bayer have a lot of money to keep their chemicals out here but I agree with Gladys Stop buying them. Please take care that you do no harm. We have to protect our bees and all pollinators.

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