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"Leaked EPA Document Shows It Knowingly Allowed Pesticide That Kills Honey Bees" (PDF)

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posted on Apr, 16 2012 @ 02:54 PM

The leaked document, which was written by the EPA's Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, explains clearly that "clothianidin's major risk concern is to non-target insects (honey bees)" and that "cute toxicity studies to honey bees show that clothianidin is highly toxic on both a contact and an oral basis."

The letter was in response to a request from Bayer to have clothianidin approval expanded for use on cotton and mustard in addition to its other approved uses.

Several European nations have outlawed the use of clothianidin, including Germany, Francy, Italy and Slovenia.

Bayer is the manufacturer of the pesticide. and Monsanto patent-process coats its seeds with the Clothianidin.

soo.... what's being done about this injustice?
ACTION: EPA Must Act Now to Protect Honey Bees

Bees are still sick, and EPA is still stuck.

EPA knows enough to act, and has the authority and responsibility to suspend Bayer’s bee-toxic pesticide, clothianidin—yet for more than a year the agency has failed to do so.

Congress has the authority to exercise oversight over federal agencies like the EPA. We will continue to pressure EPA to take action on clothianidin

all in all, when all is said and done, will EPA continue to play stupid?

whats your take on this, do ATSers believe EPA is not 'in the know'? honestly now...

posted on Apr, 16 2012 @ 03:13 PM
Yet MORE evidence that pesticides are key culprit in bee die-offs

Scientific evidence continues to mount strengthening the case that neonicotinoid pesticides are indeed key drivers behind colony collapse disorder (CCD). Three new studies out in the past two weeks, including one today, add to the growing body of evidence that implicate pesticides as a critical catalyst behind drastic declines in bee population.

Multiple Routes of Pesticide Exposure for Honey Bees
Living Near Agricultural Fields (pdf)

Interactions between Nosema microspores and a
neonicotinoid weaken honeybees (Apis mellifera) (pdf)

Even small doses are big trouble for bees

Two pesticides of concern, fipronil and thiacloprid (a neonicotinoid), operate in combination with a common pathogen to dramatically increase bee death. And they do so at very low, sub-lethal levels.

Interesting... these pdfs do include such notable contributes such as...

1 Department of Entomology, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, United States of America, 2 Department of Analytical Chemistry, The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station, New Haven, Connecticut, United States of America

posted on Apr, 16 2012 @ 10:05 PM
wonder why?

the 101 page EPA document does contain such notables and a complete bibiliography. It's amazing how much work was put into the EPA research - and the discoveries yielded - yet somehow EPA allowed the continued widespread use of Clothianidin, and continues to do so for years now indefinitely with no sign of caring to "make it stop".

what are they waiting for? practical extinction of all wild populations of bees? it would make sense that is what Bayer & moreso, Monsanto are waiting for, as Monsanto has confirmed interest in genetically modified bees having recently purchased/acquired Beeologic corporation.

indeed Monsanto is becoming more and more like the Resident Evil zombie apocalyptic "Umbrella" corp.. pun and all complete with a rise in observances of "zombie bees" more prone to infection with a mysterious parasite - wonder why now are bees succumbing to all sorts of disorders, mass deaths, & weird parasitic "zombie' infections?

the timeline remains pointing at the emergence of "colony collapse disorder" concurrently with the debut of Clothianidin use starting in the 1990s and for the past 20 years a direct connection had not been made to this Bayer & Monsanto pesticide being the culprit -- until in about the most recent 2 years - and still now even after the 101 page report, Clothianidin is still in wide use in North America, threatening the remaining bee population.

To what end? To top it off, now that farmers are blowing their whistles, seeing that Clothianidin is now being banned in more and more countries (but not yet USA, go figure)... Bayer realized they are abandoning Clothianidin in order to save whats left of the bees.

And what does Bayer go and do? The unthinkable:

Farmers were apparently encouraged to switch to a similar pesticide, Imidacloprid, which as now been found to be even more deadly

if not already posted by the previous poster, read all about it here:

ScienceDaily (Apr. 5, 2012) — The likely culprit in sharp worldwide declines in honeybee colonies since 2006 is imidacloprid, one of the most widely used pesticides, according to a new study from Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH)

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