In June 2014 President Obama issued a memorandum creating a Pollinator Health Task Force. Co-chaired by the USDA and the EPA it was charged with creating a national pollinator health strategy to promote the health of pollinators, including honey bees…
NEONICOTINOID PESTICIDES: A MAJOR PROBLEM FOR BEES, PART IThe often heard refrain that Varroa is the primary cause of colony losses associated with CCD is simply not supported by the evidence.
NEONICOTINOID PESTICIDES: A MAJOR PROBLEM FOR BEES, PART IIHarm to Birds and other wild pollinators –
The science is in…
NEONICOTINOID PESTICIDES: A MAJOR PROBLEM FOR BEES, PART IIIThe dose response characteristics of neonicotinoid insecticides turn out to be identical to those of genotoxic carcinogens, which are the most dangerous substances we know. Such poisons can have detrimental effects at any concentration level.
If you still think our primary problem is Varroa, poor nutrition, habitat destruction, etc., and don’t believe that pesticides are one of the primary issues, if not THE primary issue, for beekeepers today…think again.
NEONICOTINOID PESTICIDES: A MAJOR PROBLEM FOR BEES, PART IV
So far in this series, we’ve established that hyper-toxic neonicotinoids are severely damaging wild pollinator populations, and numerous studies showing these pesticides harm Honey Bees are stacking up like cord wood. Unfortunately, the evidence is also quite clear that neonicotinoids are harming honey bees in the field, as well as in the lab, and thus devastating colonies in much the same way as the wild pollinators.