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deadbeeTwo of Ontario’s largest honey producers are suing Bayer Cropscience and Syngenta Canada, claiming that the companies’ pesticides have caused the deaths of their bee colonies.

The $400 million class action lawsuit by beekeepers from Sun Parlor Honey and Munro Honey is only the latest battle between naturalists and neonicotinoids.

The beekeepers allege that neonic pesticides, specifically those containing imidacloprid, clothianidin and thiomethoxam, have led to damaged bee colonies and breeding stocks, decreased and contaminated honey yields, and associated losses in profits.

In 2013, Health Canada reported that 70 percent of dead bees were testing positive for neonic residue.

In Canada, corn, soybean and canola seeds are commonly sprayed with pesticides to protect them from aphids. Yet growing evidence shows that they may be acting as neurotoxins in honeybees and lead to outbreaks of Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) around the world.

In one experiment, researchers at Harvard dosed twelve bee colonies with sub-lethal doses of neonicotinoids, imidacloprid and clothianidin. By winter, nearly half the colonies had been abandoned. The results were replicated in the following year.

Chensheng Lu, a researcher in one of the experiments, wrote that the results suggest “that neonicotinoids are highly likely to be responsible for triggering CCD” in formerly healthy honeybees. In June 2013, the application of dinotefuran, a neonic pesticide, was linked to the deaths of 50,000 bumblebees in Oregon.

Some U.S. federal agencies are already taking action. Starting in January 2016, neonicotinoid pesticides will be banned from use in all federal wildlife refuges.

Bayer has denied that the pesticide has harmful effects on bees. In an email to CBCNews, a spokesperson for Bayer wrote that, “Neonicotinoid insecticides have been rigorously tested and found to be safe to birds, pollinators, aquatic organisms and mammals by Health Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), when label directions are followed.”

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  1. Bill says:

    “a spokesperson for Bayer wrote that, “Neonicotinoid insecticides have been rigorously tested and found to be safe to birds, pollinators, aquatic organisms and mammals by Health Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), when label directions are followed.” And where are the peer reviewed studies to support this nonsense?

    • W H G AND NORAH G says:

      NORAHG RESPONDS TO BILL ― NEONICOTINOID INSECTICIDES ARE ENVIRONMENTALLY-FRIENDLY

      It is NOT nonsense. There is NO unambiguous evidence to suggest that neonicotinoid insecticides are to blame for the decline in bee populations. Under normal use, neonicotinoid insecticides will NOT pose a problem. In the European Union, prohibition against neonicotinoid insecticides was a reaction to over-heated rhetoric. In fact, studies in both Europe and in North America have proven there is NO accumulation and NO bio-accumulation after 10 consecutive years. Why are neonicotinoid insecticides environmentally-friendly and cause no harm to bees ? It is because they are coated on agricultural seed, and the seed is buried in the soil, so it is inaccessible to the bees. Moreover, neonicotinoid insecticides have extremely low toxicity to humans, extremely low toxicity to other mammals as well as birds and fish. They have NO persistence beyond the levels that you would expect in an agricultural field for one year. Additionally, there is NO reason to believe that neonicotinoid insecticides persist in water over long periods of time. Science and statistics DO NOT support demands to recklessly prohibit against neonicotinoid insecticides used in the agriculture industry. There are NO valid reasons for their prohibition. Statistics clearly demonstrate that there is NO bee crisis. Only A VERY LIMITED NUMBER of bee-keepers report losses, LESS THAN 1 PER CENT. In 2012, a mere 43 Bee-Keepers alleged losses. In 2013, only 82 Bee-Keepers alleged losses. There are 7,000 Bee-Keepers keeping 600,000 colonies of honeybees across Canada. Essentially, a mere 1.0 per cent of all Bee-Keepers are reporting losses. These represent the Anti-Pesticide Lunatic-Bee-Keepers of Canada. Over 99 per cent of all Bee-Keepers are reporting NO losses. 1 per cent of Bee-Keepers appear to HAVE NO IDEA WHAT THEY ARE DOING, leading some observers to conclude that Bee-Keepers may NOT BE COMPETENT TO RAISE BEES. Bee-keepers know almost nothing about pest control products. Bee-keepers know full well that varroa mites are the primary problem associated with bee losses, and not neonicotinoid insecticides. Science and statistics DO NOT SUPPORT demands to prohibit against neonicotinoid insecticides in agriculture. If we had less conventional neonicotinoid use in the environment, we would still have bee colony collapse disorder, because many bee-keepers are not competent to manage their hives. PROHIBITION WILL NOT SAVE BEES. http://tinyurl.com/pxqzh6m For the whole truth regarding BEES, go to The Pesticide Truths Web-Site … http://wp.me/P1jq40-2BA http://wp.me/p1jq40-6H8 http://wp.me/p1jq40-6WJ http://wp.me/p1jq40-7ty http://wp.me/p1jq40-7zT WILLIAM H GATHERCOLE AND NORAH G http://pesticidetruths.com/ http://wp.me/P1jq40-2rr

  2. NORAHG RESPONDS TO ONTARIO BEE-KEEPER CLASS-ACTION ― THE LAWSUIT WILL FAIL BECAUSE BEE-KEEPERS ARE NEGLIGENT AND INCOMPETENT !

    An ill-fated class-action-lawsuit has been filed by lawyers representing anti-pesticide bee-keepers to recover alleged damages suffered due to neonicotinoid insecticides used by the agriculture industry since 2006. Observers predict that the bee-keepers will LOSE THE LAWSUIT, and will NOT RECOVER LOSSES AND DAMAGES. The lawsuit will fail to prove that only neonicotinoid insecticides were to blame for their bee losses. According to leading expert Dr Ernesto Guzman, neonicotinoid poisoning is, of course, a factor, but it is NOT the only factor. The bee-keeper lawsuit will be unable to avoid the fact that there is no bee crisis caused by neonicotinoid insecticides, since only a very limited number of bee-keepers have reported losses. The lawsuit will fail to prove that bee-keepers were NOT negligent and incompetent in their management practices. It will fail to prove that they performed due diligence to control varroa mites, nosema fungus, tobacco ringspot virus, and other pests that damage bees. The real causes of bee mortality are these pests that bee-keepers appear to be unable or unwilling to properly control. They would rather lay false blame against neonicotinoid insecticides. The bee-keeper lawsuit will fail to prove that there is even a bee crisis with neonicotinoid insecticides. There is no such bee crisis according to leading experts like Dr Ernesto Guzman, who has stated that there is evidence that varroa mites are the primary problem associated to bee losses in southern Ontario, and neonicotinoid insecticides have been associated to only some isolated cases of colony losses. The bee-keeper lawsuit will even fail to prove that there is any bee crisis at all. There is no bee crisis according to Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, who has stated that many bee-keeping operations have NOT been affected and have been able to maintain strong and healthy bee colonies, as evidenced by hive strength and honey production. There is no bee crisis according to Statistics Canada, which has stated that the number of honey bee colonies are up, and NOT down, in the province of Ontario and across Canada. The bee-keeper lawsuit will be unable to explain that the Canadian Honeybee Industry is actually thriving, with the total number of bee-keepers in Canada actually rising dramatically since 2008. The lawsuit will be unable to explain that Canada’s honey yield is twice the world’s average. It will be unable to explain why Canadian Honey Council actively opposes prohibition against neonicotinoid insecticides. The bee-keeper lawsuit will be unable to contradict the fact that there is no bee crisis caused by neonicotinoid insecticides. The lawsuit will fail to prove that bee-keepers did NOT tamper with the samples provided to Health Canada which measured some detectable insecticide ingredient. It will also fail to prove that the mere ability to measure or detect the presence of insecticide ingredient in a bee colony is NOT an indication that it harmed bees. The lawsuit will also fail to explain why bee-keepers are violating federal law by using illegal and unregistered products to control bee pests. Observers have consistently pointed out to how much profit the anti-pesticide bee-keepers will make if they succeed in a class-action lawsuit. They appear motivated by mere profit and greed. There is no bee crisis with neonicotinoid insecticides, and THE LAWSUIT WILL FAIL ! However, there IS a bee crisis with negligent and incompetent bee-keepers. Even if the class-action lawsuit is somehow successful, we would still have bee losses because many bee-keepers are NOT competent to manage their hives. Let the anti-pesticide bee-keepers face the spotlight of scrutiny and the terror of the courts. For more information about the ONTARIO BEE-KEEPER CLASS-ACTION LAWSUIT, go to The Pesticide Truths Web-Site … http://tinyurl.com/ph4a6xc NORAHG is the National Organization Responding Against HUJE that seek to destroy the Green space industry. WILLIAM H GATHERCOLE AND NORAH G Get the latest details at http://pesticidetruths.com/ http://pesticidetruths.com/toc/ http://wp.me/P1jq40-2rr https://www.facebook.com/norah.gfon

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