Neonicotinoids threaten animals

This video says about itself:

Pesticides found in honey around the world

5 October 2017

Neonicotinoids often occur at levels that can harm bees.

See also here. And here.

From Greenpeace:

Neonicotinoids: A serious threat for flower-hopping life-bringers and many more animals

Blogpost by Anne Valette – 12 January, 2017 at 9:00

At this point most people know about neonicotinoids and the serious risk they pose to honey bees. Bees are a link in a chain of biodiversity and pollination of incredible value to our food production. Up to 75% of our crops directly or indirectly depend on pollination. We need to start protecting our pollinators against the threat pesticides like neonicotinoids pose. In 2013 scientific findings in Europe lead to a partial ban of four of the worst bee-harming pesticides (clothianidin, imidacloprid, thiamethoxam and fipronil) – at least when they are used on crops which are attractive to honey bees.

Hundreds of new studies show threat more serious than thought

Since 2013 research on the impacts of neonicotinoid pesticides has continued. Greenpeace France asked one of the leading institutes in this field, the Sussex University, to review all new science. Two independent scientists analysed hundreds of studies and pulled together a new report. The report paints an even more worrying picture. It reveals that neonicotinoids are not only a serious threat to honey bees, but also for a broad range of other animals, including bumble bees, butterflies, birds and even water insects.

Industrial agriculture: a threat to wildlife and environment

Some wild bumble bees are already in decline and becoming extinct. Neonicotinoids can be found in the plants of neighboring agricultural fields and in a wide range of different waterways, including ditches, puddles, ponds, mountain streams, rivers, temporary wetlands, snowmelt, groundwater and in the outflow from water processing plants. The data available for other species paint a similarly worrisome picture. Many farmland butterflies, beetles and insect-eating birds, such as house sparrows and partridges, come in contact with pesticides either directly or through the food chain. Water insects can get exposed to neonicotinoids through its leaching from agricultural soils, from sowing and spraying machines and from water systems in greenhouses. These toxic substances are in our environment, not just in agricultural fields.

Let’s break the cycle of pesticide dependency

The decline of our pollinators is a symptom of a failing industrial agriculture system which drives biodiversity loss, destroys foraging habitats and relies on toxic chemicals. Pollinators are routinely exposed to insecticides, herbicides and fungicide. If we’re going to take the protection of our pollinators seriously, we must fully ban bee-harming pesticides, starting with the three neonicotinoids.

To break our dependency on synthetic chemical pesticides we also have to move towards ecological alternatives.

Ecological farming protects our pollinators

Ecological farming maintains biodiversity without any chemical pesticides or synthetic fertilisers. It also increases the overall resilience of our ecosystems. Many European farmers are willing to change their agricultural practices, but are dependent on pesticides and fertilisers and stuck in this system.

Politicians must help farmers switch to ecological methods. They must eliminate the most environmentally harmful subsidies and shift public spending to research and solid rural development projects which include ecological farming. We have a long way to go, but it’s the only way to protect our birds, butterflies, bees and other pollinators.

Anne Valette is the Project lead of European ecological farming project at Greenpeace France

Concern over the use of neonicotinoid pesticides is growing as studies find them in rivers and streams, and link them with declining bee populations and health effects in other animals. Now researchers report that in some areas, drinking water also contains the substances — but they also have found that one treatment method can remove most of the pesticides: here.

Much of the world’s honey now contains bee-harming pesticides. Global survey finds neonicotinoids in three-fourths of samples. By Laurel Hamers, 2:06pm, October 5, 2017.

MINNEAPOLIS — Pesticides that kill insects can also have short-term effects on seed-eating birds. Ingesting even small amounts of imidacloprid, a common neonicotinoid pesticide, can disorient migratory white-crowned sparrows, researchers report: here.

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  2. Dear friends,

    Imidacloprid is a terrifying chemical used on much of the world’s fruits and vegetables — and it’s threatening our web of life from bees to insects.

    Now Canada could ban it. They’ve opened a public comment period to help them decide, but industry bullies are lobbying to protect their multi billion-dollar product.

    Let’s get Canada to stand strong! Add your name to the petition below with just one click, and before the comment period closes, we’ll send the government the biggest call ever to block the bullies and back the bees.

    Back the bees! Call on Canada to ban this chemical

    To Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, all World Leaders and agriculture ministers:

    We call on you to immediately ban the use of neonicotinoid pesticides. The catastrophic demise of bee colonies could put our whole food chain in danger. If you act urgently with precaution now, we could save bees from extinction.

    Back the bees! Call on Canada to ban this chemical

    Bees and insects like mayflies and midges are remarkable creatures that create the building blocks for life on Earth. Bees alone pollinate nearly three-quarters of the world’s key crops. But experts say imidacloprid is linked to colony collapse for bees and widespread loss of insect populations — threatening our natural world and our food system.

    Monsanto is vying to merge with Bayer, and Dow Chemical with DuPont. These beasts are growing in power, and pushing to keep their poison on the shelves. But Europe already stopped the use of this bee-killing chemical after Avaazers flooded ministers with thousands of messages. The next step is Canada. If we can close those markets, it could trigger a domino effect and get countries everywhere to follow suit.

    Canada’s public consultation could decide the fate of this poison — if we weigh in big, and win, it could be huge for bees worldwide! The consultation closes soon — add your name:

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    Conservationist Rachel Carson, who led the charge to ban the chemical killer DDT in the US, once wrote: “Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts.” Let’s let the miraculous strength and beauty of the nature all around us be our inspiration to come together today and back the bees!

    With hope,

    Nell, Ari, Oli, Camille, Ricken and the Avaaz team

    More information:

    Health Canada proposes ban of controversial neonicotinoid pesticide (CBC)

    Many species of bees, butterflies are heading towards extinction — and it’ll cause our food supply to suffer (National Post)

    Canada Just Took a Big Step Toward Banning a Nasty Pesticide (Mother Jones)

    Health Canada proposes banning neonic (Western Producer)

    The Costly Lobbying War Over America’s Dying Honeybees (The Atlantic)


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