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May 11, 2012 11:02 am
Bee Advocate Leads Grassroots Effort Against Systemic Pesticides

[NOTE* from Leftish: I wish I knew how I could get MORE people to CARE about this VERY SERIOUS ISSUE.  WE ARE LOSING THE BEES!!  What will happen to POOH BEAR if we LOSE all the BEES???]

As a growing body of research points to a link between colony collapse disorder and the class of pesticides known as neonicotinoids, a backyard gardener in Virginia has taken to the Internet in a grassroots effort to have Bayer’s neonicotinoid pesticides taken off the market.

Susan Mariner, who grew up working the garden with her father and grandmother, says the value of pollinators was impressed upon her from an early age.

“My grandmother taught me that bees are ‘our partners in the garden,’” she remembers.

Today, Mariner has her own suburban backyard garden, where she and her children grow edible crops, as well as what she calls a “Honey bee haven”: a section planted with colorful wildflowers and other plants that attract native pollinators. In the past several years, she says, her favorite winged visitors have made fewer appearances in the garden.

“I started watching bees as a young child in my father’s and my grandmother’s gardens and apple trees, which were awash in Honey bees when in bloom,” she says. “These days, when my children and I spend all day outside surrounded by thousands of blooms in our garden, we are thrilled to see a single Honey bee visit.”

Mariner says the decrease in pollinators has changed the way she and her neighbors garden. “Because there are so few pollinators, in recent years we have been forced to hand-pollinate many of our plants, something which would have been unthinkable to my grandmother. Many of my gardening neighbors have stopped growing plants that require insect pollination altogether.”

Increasingly, however, researchers are finding that the activities of Mariner’s other neighbors—those who are, in her words, “unwittingly coating their properties in neonicotinoids to achieve a picture-perfect lawn”—may be contributing to a dearth of pollinators.

Mariner used Change.org, a free petition-hosting website that harnesses social media in the name of activism, to launch a petition calling for the Environmental Protection Agency to ban Bayer’s neonicotinoid-based products. With each signature, Change.org sends an email to the person or persons targeted by the petition—in this case, three key EPA administrators. Mariner’s petition garnered a massive response, boasting over 138,000 signatures as of April 26, 2012.

Mariner says she’s thrilled with the reception her petition has received. “I’ve been extremely encouraged to see that once people learn that one-third of our food is pollinated by bees and that bees are in crisis, they are anxious to help and automatically begin spreading the word to others.”

Within days of Mariner’s petition going live, a team from the Harvard School of Public Health reported that they’d gathered still more evidence of an imidacloprid-CCD link. Over 23 weeks beginning in summer 2010, the researchers monitored bees in four different yards in Worcester County, Mass. Each yard had four bee hives treated with varying levels of imidacloprid, as well as one control bee hive. After 12 weeks of dosing, all the bees were alive, but after 23 weeks, 15 of the 16 treated bee hives had died off, with the highest-dose bee hives perishing first. The Harvard study will appear in June’s Bulletin of Insectology.

READ ENTIRE ARTICLE…

May 3, 2012 6:39 pm
SAVE THE BEES PETITION nearing one million signatures

Have you signed it yet?  If not, why not?  IF YOU CARE about POOH BEAR having honey to eat, you need to sign it…If you like produce, you need to sign it…if you care about the delicate balance of the food chain, you need to sign it.  If you love FLOWERS, you need to sign it. COME ON PEOPLE - the future of LIFE ON EARTH is at stake, and only one million out of 7 billion people care?  We can DO BETTER, folks.

May 2, 2012 3:00 pm
THEY'RE STILL SIGNING THE PETITION TO SAVE THE BEES!

YOU can SIGN, too.  Also, you can go to this site, and watch the scrolling signatures go by.  It’s kinda fascinating.  Sadly, there are no signers from the entire Eastern Hemisphere, we need signers from Japan, India, China, Russia, Korea, Hawaii, Africa, The Middle East…if you know anyone in any of those places, please send them this link…there’s gotta be more than a mere one million people on our entire planet who CARE ABOUT LOSING THE BEES!!

One country is FAR surpassing all others in signatures…can you guess which one?  If you sign the petition, and send me a message that you signed it, I’ll tell you which country is leading all the rest in citizens who care about SAVING THE BEES!

April 30, 2012 12:02 pm
BAYER STOCKHOLDERS VOTE TO KILL THE BEES
…but citizens around the WORLD are still signing the PETITION demanding the cessation of production of BEE-KILLING PESTICIDES!
Update: 30 April  2012
It’s outrageous. Despite our massive petition delivery directly into the Bayer meeting, major shareholders voted to keep their bee-killing poisons. Let’s keep up the pressure — sign the petition and send to everyone. When we reach one million signatures the petition will be delivered to the Board of Management and Supervisory Board of Bayer, and our next step is to call for strong government regulation to save the bees.
Posted: 24 April  2012 Quietly, globally, billions of bees are dying, threatening our crops and food. But if Bayer stops selling one group of pesticides, we could save bees from extinction. Four European countries have begun banning these poisons, and some bee populations are already recovering. But Bayer, the largest producer of neonicotinoids, has lobbied hard to keep them on the market. Now, massive global pressure from Avaaz and others has forced them to consider the facts, and in 24 hours, Bayer shareholders will vote on a motion that could stop these toxic chemicals. Let’s all act now and shame the shareholders to stop killing bees. The pressure is working, and this is our best chance to save the bees. Sign the urgent petition and send this to everyone — let’s reach half a million signers and deliver it directly to shareholders tomorrow in Germany!
[Photo by Tara Thralls]

BAYER STOCKHOLDERS VOTE TO KILL THE BEES

…but citizens around the WORLD are still signing the PETITION demanding the cessation of production of BEE-KILLING PESTICIDES!

Update: 30 April  2012

It’s outrageous. Despite our massive petition delivery directly into the Bayer meeting, major shareholders voted to keep their bee-killing poisons. Let’s keep up the pressure — sign the petition and send to everyone. When we reach one million signatures the petition will be delivered to the Board of Management and Supervisory Board of Bayer, and our next step is to call for strong government regulation to save the bees.


Posted: 24 April  2012
Quietly, globally, billions of bees are dying, threatening our crops and food. But if Bayer stops selling one group of pesticides, we could save bees from extinction.

Four European countries have begun banning these poisons, and some bee populations are already recovering. But Bayer, the largest producer of neonicotinoids, has lobbied hard to keep them on the market. Now, massive global pressure from Avaaz and others has forced them to consider the facts, and in 24 hours, Bayer shareholders will vote on a motion that could stop these toxic chemicals. Let’s all act now and shame the shareholders to stop killing bees.

The pressure is working, and this is our best chance to save the bees. Sign the urgent petition and send this to everyone — let’s reach half a million signers and deliver it directly to shareholders tomorrow in Germany!

[Photo by Tara Thralls]

April 29, 2012 1:47 pm
SAVE THE BEES PETITION STILL GOING STRONG!

Even though the Bayer Shareholders Meeting was on Friday, people still CARE ABOUT THE FUTURE OF THE BEES and people are still signing the petition!

Unfortunately, it is almost exclusively being signed by folks in the Western Hemisphere.

There are no signers from India, China, Russia, Japan, The Middle East, Africa or Hawaii.

PLEASE IF YOU RESIDE IN ONE OF THE COUNTRIES LISTED ABOVE WHICH ARE MOSTLY ALL IN THE EASTERN HEMISPHERE, COULD YOU PLEASE RE-BLOG THIS, SO WE CAN GET ACTIVISTS FROM BOTH HEMISPHERES REGISTERING THEIR CONCERN?

April 28, 2012 1:49 pm
Leaked document: EPA knowingly approved Bee-Killing Pesticide

(NaturalNews) A Colorado beekeeper recently obtained a leaked document revealing that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) knows a popular crop pesticide is killing off honey bees, but has allowed its continued approval anyway. Despite opposition from its own scientists, EPA officials first gave the a-okay to Bayer CropScience’s toxic pesticide clothianidin in 1993 based on the company’s own flawed safety studies. But now it has been revealed that the EPA knew all along about the dangers of clothianidin and decided to just ignore them.

By now, most people know that honeybees are dying off at an incredibly disturbing rate. Colony collapse disorder (CCD), a condition where bees stray from the hive and never find their way back, is nixing millions of nature’s pollinators every year. Previous studies have pinpointed various environmental toxins as the primary culprits, including toxic pesticides like clothianidin (http://www.naturalnews.com/028429_colony_collapse_disorder_chemicals….).

And the leaked document, which was written by the EPA’s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, explains clearly that “[c]lothianidin’s major risk concern is to nontarget insects (honey bees)” and that “[a]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.

So if clothianidin poses a significant threat against honey bees, and the EPA has known about this all along, why was it ever approved in the first place? And if Bayer’s original safety studies have been shown to be contradictory to actual science, why has the EPA failed to go after Bayer for falsifying safety data? Apparently those who make the final decisions at the EPA have no actual interest in the truth and would rather cater to corporate interests at the expense of public health.

Several European nations have outlawed the use of clothianidin, including Germany, Francy, Italy and Slovenia. U.S. growers of conventional crops, however, continue to use the dangerous chemical thanks to corrupt EPA officials. And when all the honey bees die and there are no pollinators left to grow food, these same EPA officials will be responsible for the mass murder of millions of people.

Sources for this story include:

http://www.fastcompany.com/1708896/wiki-bee-leaks-epa-document-reveal…

Learn more:http://www.naturalnews.com/030921_EPA_pesticides.html#ixzz1tCEZ8Qxy

10:59 am

f="http://leftish.tumblr.com/post/21990041755/i-need-help-anyone-good-at-garage-band-or-imovie">I need help…anyone good at Garage Band or iMovie?

I have an original song, recorded in the early 80s, that is still relevant to our plight in today’s world.   It has a glitch in it, and needs to be fixed.

My ex-husband and I had a brief musical career in the 70s (The Rainbow Band, on Elektra Records) and early 80s, and we self-produced our second album.  The Master AND the Mother were both destroyed in the huge forest fires we had here in 1995 when my ex-husband’s house burned to the ground and he lost all of his belongings.  The only recording of our second album that survived was a funky cassette.

The song I am speaking of “Sold Down the River” was on this cassette.  There is a part of the first chorus where the sound just drops out.  I want to “copy and paste” a few bars of the second chorus into the messed up spot in the first chorus, but I don’t know jack about Garage Band, or iMovie.  I spent hours trying to figure out how to do it last night, because I want to use it as background, in a film I’m producing about the bees, but I had no luck.

I can pay you to fix it for me, or send you some buttons or magnets if you’d prefer…I’ve been told that if someone knows how to do it, it should only take a short time.

I am very committed to SAVING THE BEES!

10:29 am

f="http://leftish.tumblr.com/post/21988049061/about-the-bee-petition-to-bayer-stockholders-to-demand">About the Bee Petition to Bayer Stockholders to demand cessation of production of bee-killing pesticides…can you help?

WE NEED TO SPREAD THE WORD IN THE EASTERN HEMISPHERE!!

So people are STILL signing it…we’re up to almost 830,000 people (about 10,000 people per hour are signing it)!….but ALL the signers are in the Western Hemisphere (Europe, Canada, USA, Central and South America)…nobody in India, China, Russia, Japan, Africa, Hawaii or the Middle East.

If we could just get ONE person in each of those countries and/or areas, we might be able to get it to go viral throughout their area.

My question:  Do you know anyone in any of those countries you could send it to, that might sign and reblog it?

Here’s the link to sign (or just watch the scroll!), if you are so inclined:

http://www.avaaz.org/en/bayer_save_the_bees/?cl=1761954522&v=13897

Please let me know if you can help out in this way.

Thanks!

P.S.  There is NOTHING more important than the SURVIVAL of LIVING BEINGS on EARTH, please do your part.

P.P.S. I know, it’s annoying, all this activism I demand, I will not apologize…we ALL should be activists, if we want to have a healthy world to leave to our ancestors.

April 27, 2012 12:05 pm

f="http://leftish.tumblr.com/post/21923939382/i-sent-this-email-to-every-pundit-i-could-today">I sent this email to every pundit I could today:

Hi Folks ~

I just have to try one more time.

I know you may think that the story of the Catholic Schoolteacher getting fired deserved air time, while the plight of our world’s dying bees did not, but I still have to try to get you to cover this story for the SAKE OF THE BEES, and for the FUTURE of LIFE ON EARTH.

We are all connected. We’ve already lost 1/3 of all the bees on our planet.  ONE THIRD!   If we lose the bees, do you realize how that will screw up the delicate balance of life on our planet?

Luckily, over 700,000 people worldwide disagree with you on the importance of this issue, and, in the last 24 hours have signed the petition to ask Bayer Stockholders to demand that Bayer stop producing neonicotinoids.

Interestingly, almost ALL of the signatures come from the “Western World” - Europe, North America and South America.  I have been watching the scroll for hours (when I signed yesterday, there were about 149,000 signatures), and I have not seen any signers from the Middle East, China, Japan or Russia.  Not one.  I don’t know why.

Anyway, I still think this story WOULD interest your viewers, and apparently people are STILL signing the petition at a tremendous rate.  They reached their first goal of 500,000 during the night, and they are now trying to get to 750,000.  They’ve gone up 5000 in the time it took me to write this email.

You can watch the scroll of signatures here.

Please reconsider airing this story…you are blessed with a “stage”…people watch your broadcasts…people who care about the health of our planet, people who care about the bees.

Surely a petition that is on its way to being signed by close to 750,000 in less than 24 hours deserves a minute of your air time.  No?

I hope so.

Thanks,

Tara

P. S.  Another 3500 people have signed since I last mentioned it, a few sentences above…at least please check it out and watch the scroll here!

April 26, 2012 5:55 pm
Scientists call for GLOBAL BAN on Bee-Killing Pesticides (4/23/12)

[NOTE* from Leftish:  WE’VE LOST 1/3 of the World’s Bees.  Do you like Cantaloupes?  Do you like Tomatoes?  Do you like Stone Fruit?  Do you CARE?  I’m sorry to bother you with this, yet again, but the survival of all living beings on the planet is in jeopardy.  Maybe you didn’t realize that.  Please take a minute out of your busy day to read this, thanks.]

Jonathan Benson
Natural News

Monday, April 23, 2012

With a myriad of concrete evidence now in plain view, there is simply no denying that pesticides are a direct cause of massive bee declines all around the world. And despite continued denial by corporate-whore governments in the U.S., the U.K., and elsewhere that have sided with the chemical manufacturers on the matter, scientists and agricultural experts from all corners of the globe are joining together as one to call for a worldwide ban on neonicotinoids, a class of pesticides that has been definitively linked to causing Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD).

Three recent field studies, two of which were published in the journal Science, confirm that even sub-lethal exposure to neonicotinoid pesticides among bees causes them to lose their way when out foraging. Many conventional food crops are pretreated or sprayed with neonicotinoid pesticides, which leads to the contamination of pollen and nectar that bees collect.

“The data, both ours and others, right now merits a global ban,” said Chensheng Li, author of theHarvard Universitystudy that confirmed neonicotinoid pesticides as a primary cause of CCD. “Our study clearly demonstrated that imidacloprid is responsible for causing CCD, and the survival of the control hives that we set up side-by-side to the pesticide-treated hives augments this conclusion.”

Li says removing neonicotinoids from global use for at least five years would leave plenty of time for researchers to study and observe how bee populations respond. If bee populations increase during this time, which is the expected outcome, then it would be abundantly clear that the scientific community is correct in its assessments of the situation.

In the U.K., the widespread negative effects of neonicotinoid use are already being felt, as many crops now have to be hand-pollinated as a result of bee losses. According to data compiled by scientists at Reading University, the population of honey bees kept in managed hives in the U.K. has dropped by half, as have solitary bees. And wild honey bees are virtually extinct, according to the figures.

“Unless we halt the decline in British bees our farmers will have to rely on hand-pollination, sending food prices rocketing,” said Paul de Zylva, nature campaigner atFriends of the Earth(FoE), a group advocating for the removal of neonicotinoids from agricultural use (http://www.foe.co.uk/what_we_do/the_bee_cause_35033.html).

The U.S.-based advocacy group Beyond Pesticides and dozens of commercial beekeepers and honey producers have also filed a legal petition demanding that the U.S.Environmental Protection Agency(EPA) take action to ban clothianidin, another neonicotinoid linked to killing bees (http://www.beyondpesticides.org/dailynewsblog/?p=6919).

Sources for this article include:

http://www.guardian.co.uk

PLEASE ALSO SIGN THIS PETITION TO BAYER SHAREHOLDERS ASKING THEM TO DEMAND CESSATION OF PRODUCTION OF THIS HARMFUL CHEMICAL.

April 4, 2012 9:35 pm
DO YOU KNOW HOW IMPORTANT BEES ARE TO OUR VERY SURVIVAL ON EARTH?
URGENT: PLEASE HELP - SIGN THE PETITION TO BAN THE POISON THAT THREATENS THE BEES…this is IMPORTANT!

Here’s the buzz: American honey bees are disappearing at an alarming rate and the government knows why. 
Scientists say a pesticide called clothianidin, made by chemical giant Bayer, is strongly linked to the rapid decline in bee populations.When exposed to the chemical, bees get lost: they are literally unable to find their way home back to the hive and drop dead from exhaustion.
Susan Mariner uses her backyard garden to grow extra fruits and veggies for her family and teach her children where their food comes from — and in the past few years, she’s seen the decline in bees firsthand. 
When Susan heard about the recent studies linking this specific chemical to the widespread death of the bees who pollinate our food, she started a petition on Change.org to get the chemical banned. Click here to sign Susan’s petition asking the Environmental Protection Agency to ban these bee-killing pesticides ASAP.
One-third of the U.S. food supply relies on honey bees. Without bees to pollinate crops, many essential (and favorite) foods are at risk, including apples, squash, tomatoes, strawberries, almonds, and even chocolate. 
Several countries, including Germany and France, have already banned clothianidin. And after the bans, bee populations began to rise again. 
But in the U.S., clothianidin is used on millions of acres of crops and American beekeepers report losses of up to 90% of their bees. Many worry that their hives won’t survive another season. Sign Susan’s petition urging the EPA to save the bees and immediately end the harmful pesticide’s use.
Thanks for being a change-maker,
- Corinne and the Change.org team
[Photo by me, Tara Thralls]

DO YOU KNOW HOW IMPORTANT BEES ARE TO OUR VERY SURVIVAL ON EARTH?

URGENT: PLEASE HELP - SIGN THE PETITION TO BAN THE POISON THAT THREATENS THE BEES…this is IMPORTANT!

Here’s the buzz: American honey bees are disappearing at an alarming rate and the government knows why. 

Scientists say a pesticide called clothianidin, made by chemical giant Bayer, is strongly linked to the rapid decline in bee populations.When exposed to the chemical, bees get lost: they are literally unable to find their way home back to the hive and drop dead from exhaustion.

Susan Mariner uses her backyard garden to grow extra fruits and veggies for her family and teach her children where their food comes from — and in the past few years, she’s seen the decline in bees firsthand. 

When Susan heard about the recent studies linking this specific chemical to the widespread death of the bees who pollinate our food, she started a petition on Change.org to get the chemical banned. Click here to sign Susan’s petition asking the Environmental Protection Agency to ban these bee-killing pesticides ASAP.

One-third of the U.S. food supply relies on honey bees. Without bees to pollinate crops, many essential (and favorite) foods are at risk, including apples, squash, tomatoes, strawberries, almonds, and even chocolate. 

Several countries, including Germany and France, have already banned clothianidin. And after the bans, bee populations began to rise again. 

But in the U.S., clothianidin is used on millions of acres of crops and American beekeepers report losses of up to 90% of their bees. Many worry that their hives won’t survive another season. Sign Susan’s petition urging the EPA to save the bees and immediately end the harmful pesticide’s use.

Thanks for being a change-maker,

- Corinne and the Change.org team

[Photo by me, Tara Thralls]

January 18, 2011 3:57 pm
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AMERICAN BEE EMERGENCY — ACT NOW! WE HAVE UNTIL FRIDAY!!

We’re almost at a MILLION Signatures! If you haven’t signed, please do! If you’ve already signed, please SPREAD THE WORD!

Quietly, billions of bees are being killed off across the country threatening our crops and food. But a ban of one group of pesticides could save bees from extinction. Four European countries have begun banning the poisons and bee populations are recovering. But chemical companies are lobbying hard to keep all killer pesticides on the market. A global outcry now for a ban in the US and EU, where debate is raging, could provoke a total ban and a ripple effect around the world. Let’s build a giant global buzz calling for these dangerous chemicals to be outlawed until and unless they are proved to be safe. Sign the petition to save bees and our crops and send this to everyone.

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January 15, 2011 3:53 pm

f="http://leftish.tumblr.com/post/2767543100/link-correction-petition-to-save-the-bees-do-you">LINK CORRECTION: PETITION TO SAVE THE BEES. Do you like to eat food? Can you take 2 minutes to SIGN the PETITION to ban the Chemical that is killing the Bees?

I mean, really.  I’m very concerned.  Aren’t you?

Please take less than five minutes to Sign the Petition to the EPA to ban clothianidin, and SAVE THE BEES!

Scientists have been scrambling to understand the crisis — termed Colony Collapse Disorder — but have yet to find a single, definitive cause. There are likely multiple interacting causes, and mounting evidence suggests that one widely used class of pesticides may be a critical factor.

One such chemical, called clothianidin, is produced by the German corporation Bayer CropScience. It is used as a treatment on crop seeds, including corn and canola, and works by expressing itself in the plants’ pollen and nectar. Not coincidentally, these are honey bees’ favorite sources of food.

Shockingly, no major independent study has verified the safety of this pesticide. While clothianidin has been used on corn — the largest crop in the U.S. — since 2003, it was officially approved by the Environmental Protection Agency last year on the basis of a single study, conducted by Bayer. However, recently leaked documents show that the study was actually debunked by the agency’s own scientists, so the pesticide was effectively approved with no scientific backing.

European countries that have banned this chemical have seen rapid re-growth of their bee communities.

I really hope somebody will reblog this - what could be more important than our own survival - that’s what’s at stake. 

LOSING THE BEES IS EVEN MORE IMPORTANT THAN TUMBLR!!!

If you have no food, you will die.  You will not care about Tumblr if you are starving to death, or fighting with others for food.  Really, really.

THIS IS A BIG DEAL.

And all it takes to fix the problem is getting the EPA to ban this one chemical.  And if this story gets picked up by the Mainstream Media, and there is enough pressure put upon the EPA, they will have to capitulate and ban this chemical.

European nations that have banned clothianidin have witnessed rapid regrowth of their bee communities.  So there is hope that the bees can survive, but not if this chemical continues to blanket America.

I don’t know what more I can do, as one person, than put this information out there and hope that somebody with more followers than I have, picks up on this CRUCIAL STORY and deems it worthy of a reblog.

Does anybody care?

1:59 pm January 13, 2011 10:55 am
BEE MYSTERY SOLVED: Bush and Bayer helped kill the bees, BUT YOU CAN HELP FIX THIS

There’s no reason for concern about the mass death of bees through Colony Collapse Disorder. No reason at all unless you happen to be a plant who relies on pollination or a living being who is planning to sustain life by eating food. If you don’t fall into either of those categories, you might want to increase your stock in German agribusiness giant Bayer. They’re making a ton of money selling a pesticide called Clothianidin, marketed under the upbeat friendly name “Pancho.” ¡Olé! ¡Qué veneno excepcional!

If you’re in one of the other categories, and I confess to being in at least one, you have some cause for concern. A document leaked on Wednesday disclosed that the Bush Administration’s Environmental Protection Agency approved use of this pesticide in spite of the fact that there was clear scientific evidence that it represented a serious threat to bees. It has been in use since 2003, used broadly to treat corn. Agribusiness conglomerates have blanketed the midwest with corn monoculture over nearly 100 million acres. That’s a lot of bee poison.

Clothianidin is in a family of pesticides called “neonicotinoids”. This means the pesticide is used to treat seeds. The neonicotinoids are then transferred into the pollen where they kill pests, including the pollenators.

Bayer was granted “conditional registration” by the EPA and given a deadline of December 2004 to complete a study addressing the toxic effects of Clothianidan on bees. This meant they were free to market their product widely and this is exactly what they did. The use of the pesticide became pervasive and began having real world impact in the first growing season of its use.

Bayer applied for and was granted an extended deadline. Sales of Clothianidin continued and increased. When the final study was delivered in 2007, it was a complete joke, a poorly controlled and invalid study by any reasonable standard of scientific method. However, on the basis of this study, the pesticide was given full registration. Pancho continued to poison the bee population at ever-increasing levels.

Enter the Obama administration and a new and better era for the EPA under Lisa Jackson. Two scientists from the EPA Environmental Fate and Effects Division (EFED), Michael Barret and Joseph DeCant, issued a memo, leaked to Colorado Beekeeper Tom Theobald, on November 3, which documented the serious dangers of the pesticide to bee populations, stating:

Clothianidin’s major risk concern is to nontarget insects (that is, honey bees).

Clothianidin is a neonicotinoid insecticide that is both persistent and systemic. Acute toxicity studies to honey bees show that clothianidin is highly toxic on both a contact and an oral basis. Although EFED does not conduct… risk assessments on non-target insects, information from standard tests and field studies, as well as incident reports involving other neonicotinoids insecticides (e.g., imidacloprid) suggest the potential for long term toxic risk to honey bees and other beneficial insects.

In spite of this assessment, Clothianidin has retained its registration and is going to be available for the spring planting season in the United States unless the EPA reverses itself. Several European countries have withdrawn registration in response to the weight of scientific evidence of harm to bee colonies.

You can take action on this issue by signing a petition to demand that the EPA withdraw registration for Clothianidin. Expressing your concerns directly to Administrator Lisa Jackson is also important.

We will live with the effects of the Bush Administration’s deference to corporate profits over the public good for many generations in many ways. Wherever we have the chance to right one of these wrongs, we need to push the big, clumsy mechanisms of government to grind forward and do the right thing.

I have read elsewhere that European countries that have banned this harmful chemical have see RAPID RE-POPULATION of their Bee Communities.  THIS IS REALLY, REALLY IMPORTANT!!

I REPEAT:  You can take action on this issue by signing a petition to demand that the EPA withdraw registration for Clothianidin. Expressing your concerns directly to Administrator Lisa Jackson is also important.

(via greenstate)