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.

Please Ban Neonicotinoids Theyre everywhere bees want to be June Stoyer

Neonicotinoids, The New DDT!

If you compare DDT to neonicotinoids, you will find that they are 5,000 to 10,000 times more toxic than DDT. If you take 3.4 million pounds, multiply it times 5,000 (which is a conservative estimate of the toxicity of these neonicotinoids). Those 3.4 million pounds have the toxic equivalent of 17.5 billion pounds of DDT.  The peak usage of DDT was in 1959; 80 million pounds! We are now drenching American farmland with the equivalent of 17.5 billion pounds of DDT!”

The big debate is on how much exposure of neonicotinoids occurs to bees. Dr Chris Connolly

How Ubiquitous Are Neonicotinoids?

When I asked another bee advocate about the ubiquitous nature of neonicotinoids and if they were strictly an agricultural concern he explained, “it’s not just American farmland. Friends of the Earth did a study of the plants and flowers being sold in Lower’s, Home Depot and other supermarket chains. They found that over 60% of the plants on sale were already pre-treated with neonicotinoids. The tulips, the geraniums, the petunias that you buy in the supermarket were treated when they were planted as seeds with neonicotinoids.

People have found it (neonicotinoids) now coming up into wildflowers, dandelions, etc. Dr Chris Connolly

Bee Education Or PR Spin For Neonicotinoids?

Dutch toxicologist, Dr. Henk Tennekes was the first scientist to blow the whistle on the impact of neonicotioids on our environment. Then in 2010, he described the devastation in his best-selling book,The Systemic Pesticides: A Disaster In The Making. Since then numerous scientific papers have been published by world-renowned scientists further proving the catastrophic effects of neonicotinoids on bees, birds, amphibians,etc. However, there seems to be a great deal of effort by industry to negate what has already been scientifically proven. Is this a matter of education or simply a case of PR spin about neonicotinoids?

Why would you risk putting something out there that could kill the bees that you need? It doesn't make sense. A first grader wouldn't do it."- Bill Rhodes

Learn more! Interviews About Neonicotinoids:

The Big Picture On Neonicotinoids

When It Comes To Neonicotinoids, Is Anyone Listening?

Dr Randolf Menzel Discusses How Neonicotinoids Interfere With Honeybee Navigation

The End Of An American Beekeeper: The Jim Doan Story

A Discussion About Neonicotinoids And Bee Losses

If You Gobble ‘Til You Wobble,Thank A Commercial Beekeeper!

Are Neonicotinoids Too Big To Ban?

Here is the YouTube Playlist for neonicotinoids
The Neonicotinoid View

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