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Sep 1, 2008 1:12 PM CST Germany Bans Eight Pesticides Linked to Honeybee Population Collapse
HealthyLiving
HealthyLivingHealthyLivingSomewhere In, Tennessee USA690 Threads 2 Polls 6,584 Posts
Clothianidin Chemical Found Contaminating Dead Bees
by David Gutierrez

(NaturalNews) The German government has provisionally banned a family of pesticides conclusively linked to the massive dieoff of honeybees in a southern state.

"It's a real bee emergency," said Manfred Hederer, president of the German Professional Beekeepers' Association, referring to the collapse of bee populations in the state of Baden-Württemberg. "Fifty to 60 percent of the bees have died on average and some beekeepers have lost all their hives."

Government researchers tested the bodies of dead bees, and found that 99 percent had been contaminated with the pesticide clothianidin, made by Bayer. The pesticide had been applied to the seeds of oilseed rape in the nearby Rhine River Valley.

Bayer blamed the dieoff on the improper application of the pesticide, which the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has classified as "highly toxic" to honeybees. Normally, seeds to be sprayed with clothianidin and similar pesticides are treated with a kind of glue so that the toxin sticks. In this case, Bayer said, the glue was not applied, allowing the poison to get into the air.

Clothianidin is a pesticide in the neonicotinoid family. This class of chemicals is applied to seeds and then spreads into all the tissues of the plant. Based on nicotine, the neonicotinoids are toxic to the nervous systems of any insect that comes into contact with them.

"We have been pointing out the risks of neonicotinoids for almost 10 years now," said
Philipp Mimkes of the Coalition Against Bayer Dangers. "This proves without a doubt that the chemicals can come into contact with bees and kill them. These pesticides shouldn't be on the market."

The German government, apparently in agreement, withdrew the licenses for eight neonicotinoid pesticides, including Bayer's best-selling insecticide, imidacloprid. If manufacturers submit evidence that the chemicals are safe for bees, however, the government may reinstate the licenses.

The Coalition Against Bayer Dangers wants Germany to follow the lead of France, which permanently banned imidacloprid after massive honeybee dieoffs in 1999. France also bans the use of clothianidin.


How do you feel about this? It is very upsetting to me, that chemical manufacturers would want to put their deadly poisons on any type of seed!
It should have never been put on the market without testings and warnings of how to use the product. Do you really believe they did not give previous thought to bees and other insects or animals being harmed from their product? Surely they already knew the dangers.

They are no more innocent than Monsanto, as far as I am concerned!
Idiots probably did it on purpose, as they should know better.


applause Good for Germany to ban them!!!!
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Sep 1, 2008 2:40 PM CST Germany Bans Eight Pesticides Linked to Honeybee Population Collapse
HealthyLiving
HealthyLivingHealthyLivingSomewhere In, Tennessee USA690 Threads 2 Polls 6,584 Posts
I found this to be very interesting.

We know that without the bees, our fruit and vegetables will not receive much needed polination.

The bee dying has been in the news alot here in America.

Does anyone care that this could mean a loss of food supply for everyone around the world?
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Sep 1, 2008 2:47 PM CST Germany Bans Eight Pesticides Linked to Honeybee Population Collapse
Manyfeathers
ManyfeathersManyfeathersWerrimull, Victoria Australia21 Threads 1 Polls 393 Posts
HealthyLiving: I found this to be very interesting.

We know that without the bees, our fruit and vegetables will not receive much needed polination.

The bee dying has been in the news alot here in America.

Does anyone care that this could mean a loss of food supply for everyone around the world?


Bees, are bee-u-ti-ful & are essential to life itself. Bee pollen, very popular in Australia.handshake
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Sep 1, 2008 2:51 PM CST Germany Bans Eight Pesticides Linked to Honeybee Population Collapse
SirenLydia
SirenLydiaSirenLydiaBury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England UK52 Threads 2 Polls 5,255 Posts
Anything that can cut down on the bee colony losses is good by me.

I have bees in my garden every day and would hate for many reasons
to see them disappear and I love honey.


peace devil
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HealthyLiving
HealthyLivingHealthyLivingSomewhere In, Tennessee USA690 Threads 2 Polls 6,584 Posts
Manyfeathers: Bees, are bee-u-ti-ful & are essential to life itself. Bee pollen, very popular in Australia.



Bee Pollen is a healthy superfood and creates energy for a good sex life!blushing
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Sep 1, 2008 3:13 PM CST Germany Bans Eight Pesticides Linked to Honeybee Population Collapse
Manyfeathers
ManyfeathersManyfeathersWerrimull, Victoria Australia21 Threads 1 Polls 393 Posts
HealthyLiving: Bee Pollen is a healthy superfood and creates energy for a good sex life!


Are you sure, you are not looking over my shoulder wine
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HealthyLiving
HealthyLivingHealthyLivingSomewhere In, Tennessee USA690 Threads 2 Polls 6,584 Posts
Manyfeathers: Are you sure, you are not looking over my shoulder



angel You just never know... I may be hovering nearby!wine
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Sep 1, 2008 10:09 PM CST Germany Bans Eight Pesticides Linked to Honeybee Population Collapse
Manyfeathers
ManyfeathersManyfeathersWerrimull, Victoria Australia21 Threads 1 Polls 393 Posts
HealthyLiving: You just never know... I may be hovering nearby!



I'll open the door to the balcony.wine bouquet
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Indyfella
IndyfellaIndyfellaindianapolis, Indiana USA230 Threads 9 Polls 27,698 Posts
I try to stay out of other country's politics...as it's not my business. Kinda wish others would do the same with "US". thumbs up
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