posted on Mar, 29 2012 @ 05:45 PM
British researchers, meanwhile, found that bumblebee colonies exposed to common levels of another pesticide from the same family grew more slowly
and produced nearly 85% fewer queens than non-exposed colonies, "which clearly could have very strong implications for bumblebee populations in the
wild," co-author Dave Goulson said Thursday in Paris.
"I would suggest that there is a need to urgently re-evaluate the use of these pesticides on flowering crops," said Goulson, a biology professor at
the University of Stirling in Scotland.
The studies released Thursday are the latest to point to neonicotinoid insecticides, which are often used to treat seeds for cereals and some
flowering crops like corn, as a factor in plunging bee populations. The chemicals mimic the effect of the tobacco ingredient nicotine, which is used
as a natural insecticide, and pose less risk to humans and other mammals.
This is interesting that they have now found solid proof of something that has destroyed bee colonies in observed tests.. and would explain why it's
happening mainly in the West and around large agricultural centers.
Another ... erm .. interesting tidbit.. Monsanto happens to be the largest producer of neonicotinoid insecticides, and in the few places that have
banned the substance Monsanto has often led the lobbying group to have he rules overturned. Such as Slovenia who in 2003 after bee colonies began
collapsing banned the substance .. Monsanto later had it overturned.
Coincidence? I think not.
edit on 3/29/2012 by Rockpuck because: Forgot the link
After researching a little more I found that Monsanto is actually the second largest producer.. Bayer corporation is the largest producer of
edit on 3/29/2012 by Rockpuck because: (no reason given)