Organic pesticides substituted for ‘dangerous’ neonicotinoids found far more toxic to bees

| | June 18, 2015

There are two toxic pesticides, Rotenone in Europe and Azadirachtin in the US and Europe, that need to be banned in order to ensure the safety of humans, bees and the environment. There is insufficient data on either of these toxins yet they are tolerated in many markets merely because they are natural bio-pesticides used by organic farmers. A toxin, whether naturally or synthetically produced, is still a toxin with the intended purpose to kill and the evidence is clear – these natural chemicals kill. The hypocrisy of regulators and the organic lobby to come down only on the well-tested synthetic pesticides and look the other way on natural toxins because of the noise created by the green activists is another toxic disease that must be controlled.

[Editor’s note: rotenone has not been used under the US National Organics Program since 2002 and has been banned for use by organic farmers in Canada since 2012. It is still used in some, but not all, European countries. Here is a detailed description of the natural pesticide and its approval status.]

Why then do organic farming organizations think that using these toxins are OK? See a recent article that assures organic gardeners that azadirachtin (as neem oil) is safe, non-toxic and has no effect on bees. The International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) has been lobbying the European Commission to keep azadirachtin on the market (with less stringent data requirements) because there are no other alternatives for organic fruit production. Uhm, how about safe, well-tested synthetic pesticides that do not wipe out bee populations?

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I have written elsewhere how the organic industry lobby does not hesitate to use unethical practices to gain market share and public support. But if you are blinded by the belief that natural is always good, then you don’t see it as lying, you don’t see the negative consequences of your toxic pesticides and you don’t see the contradictions of your lobbying.

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23 thoughts on “Organic pesticides substituted for ‘dangerous’ neonicotinoids found far more toxic to bees”

      • derris dust cured me of very bad scabies for 2 years buy here in australia> thank God i about about to consider suicide i was covered in scabies used it with water and killed the low life parasite. Come to australia and use derris dust it saved my life.

  1. Please don’t misuse the word ‘toxin’. A toxin is a poison synthesized by a living organism. ‘Toxin’ is not a synonym for poison or xenobiotic. All toxins are poisons, but not all poisons are toxins.

    • Not sure what you are referring to. Toxin was used correctly in the title. The organic pesticides used to replace neonics are from plant or animal origin–they are “natural” toxins. The word “toxic” is an exact synonym for poisonous.

      • actually toxin is different than poisonous, rather splitting hairs here – but had to agree, for what it’s worth. poisons can be synthetic or natural and toxins are only naturally produced (usually an a defense mechanism- or bad luck amensalism)

  2. Concerning Rotenone, the EPA is the governing regulatory agency for its legal sale and distribution in the United States, and it is no longer registered for uses other than for fish kill, it is not available for purchase by an organic producer in this country. Using it for anything else would be off-label and illegal.
    Azadirachtin is biodegradable (it degrades within 100 hours when exposed to light and water) and shows very low toxicity to mammals (the LD50 in rats is > 3,540 mg/kg making it practically non-toxic). Can we say the same for neonicotinoids?

  3. hmm.. l attended a bio-pest formulation seminar on 1st of June hoping to get organic way to control pests in my garden, so Neem leaves were
    recommended to be blended with chilli, garlic, water & kerosene ( inflammable) l was skeptical. Thanks for the info ya.

    • i covered myself in rotenone derris dust cured me of scabies after 2 years and hundreds of different crap treatments nothing worked except rotenone derris dust. Stick your neem up your crackhole i bought neem powder oil etc etc total waste of money useless shit.

  4. who writes this misleading and inflammatory stuff?

    it took me 3 minutes to figure out your story dosent hold water

    “Based on results of toxicity tests, risks to human health are not expected from use of these active ingredients.”

    “Azadirachtin is relatively harmless to spiders, butterflies, and insects such as bees that pollinate crops and trees, ladybugs that consume aphids, and wasps that act as parasites on various crop pests. This is because neem products must be ingested to be effective. Thus, insects that feed on plant tissue succumb, while those that feed on nectar or other insects rarely contact significant concentrations of neem products.”

    Status:Allowed with Restrictions”

    “rotenone is, or should be, used only as a last resort in organic gardening and farming”

  5. your a fucking idiot, Rotenone has been in use since 1848 in the US as a pesticide, it is acute acting and is broke down and gone in 1-3 days, etc, etc, just keep selling out humanity for that big corporate check.

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