Protecting Our Pollinators From Extinction – Beekeepers Demand Banning of Pesticide
The American Beekeeping Federation has made claims that the insecticide, Poncho, includes an active ingredient, clothianidin, which could be linked to colony collapse disorder.
The product, manufactured by Bayer CropScience AG, was approved by the EPA after a fraudulent study cited no threats to honeybee colonies. The study evaluated canola instead of corn, thus overlooking the main crop bees rely for nutrition in the winter.
The EPA granted the registration of the product under the condition that the specific study was performed. However, a leaked memo revealed the unsound case study to scientists and beekeepers. The issue has been presented to the EPA for several years now.
Bayer CorpScience has stated that clothianidin has been used extensively for over six years without any effect on honeybees.
A Florida beekeeper, Dave Hackenberg, disagrees stating, “If you use it enough of it, it definitely kills bees.”
While the cause of colony collapse disorder is uncertain, scientists tie the epidemic to multiple reasons, with pesticide exposure being a culprit.
The concern of clothianidin is how it expresses itself in a plant’s vascular system through pollen, nectar, and droplets that bees gather to produce food for the colony.
Hackenberg worries about the survival of bees and the beekeeping industry as the Poncho will be allowed on the market during as the study is being redone. Each winter the bee population decrease by a third while we need the honeybees to pollinate about a third of all U.S. crops.
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