Scientists worry EU’s neonicotinoid ban could lead to increase in spraying of other insecticides

| May 1, 2018

Dr Bill Parker, Director of Research, Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB), said:

“While this decision is not unexpected given the mounting weight of scientific evidence of the effects of neonics on pollinators, it is nonetheless a serious issue for the agricultural industry as it further restricts the crop protection toolbox that farmers and growers have available to them for controlling key pests.

“Although alternatives do exist, the consequence of this decision is likely to be a greater use of insecticides applied as foliar sprays (spray applied to leaves)….

Prof Dave Goulson, Professor of Biology (Evolution, Behaviour and Environment), University of Sussex, said:

“Given the ongoing evidence of catastrophic insect decline … this decision should be welcome.  There is abundant evidence from lab and field studies that neonicotinoids are harmful to bees….  The EU decision is a logical one….

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“However, if these neonicotinoids are simply replaced by other similar compounds such as sulfoxaflor, cyantraniliprole and flupyradifurone (all new systemic insecticides), then we will simply be going round in circles.  What is needed is a move towards truly sustainable farming methods that minimise pesticide use, encourage natural enemies of crop pests, and support biodiversity and healthy soils.

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5 thoughts on “Scientists worry EU’s neonicotinoid ban could lead to increase in spraying of other insecticides”

  1. There is no scientific RELIABLE evidence that neonics were responsable for CCD: Prof Dave Goulson is a liar ! Bee losses (CCD) were already registrated in 1983. Neonics were invented in 1991 ! The EU and this professor hang an innocent one, without any prove !

    • Neonicotinoids were invented in 1989; in 1994 Bayer’s Imidacloprid was used in France for the first time on sun flowers, within weeks 1 million bee colonies were wiped out. Hung an innocent one? I don’t think so!

      • Untill now (13.05.2018) there is not one activist, alarmist, scientist, politician or a combination of these, who can give a scientifically reliable
        explanation how the systemic working neonicotinoid could get into the bee? After all, they don’t dig up the coated seeds and don’t eat from the plant in which it is locked up. The highest amounts of NN ever measured ​​in pollen and nectar were, in 2015, three nanograms per liter (or 0,000.000.003 g / l); in 2016 these were six nanogram/ liter, measured in Canada and Poland, where against the prescriptions winter-dosage was used for summer seed: therefor the concentration NN was still
        insufficiently diluted. According to the stated opponent of neonicotinoids the toxicologist Lautier the lethal dose of NN is 3 nanograms per bee. Therefor the bee should have eaten (in 2015) 1000 cc contaminated nectar or pollen: in 2016 only 500 cc. To understand it well, in one day [!], because the bee is perfectly able to break down the poison, according to a pure scientific study paid by the Dutch government. Greenpeace has paid a number of scientists to write a program in order to get all pesticides banned, starting with neonicotinoids. To keep this hidden, a secret fund was set up: see BeeGate; UNCN Task Force. It is forgotten that neonicotinoids were invented to limit the number of sprays with much heavier pesticides over a crop
        and only to kill gnawing insects. In the case of leeks, for example, they were 18 sprays which killed everything within their reach, so everything that flew
        and crept around. The ban on NN will undoubtedly lead to the re-use of old-fashioned pesticides: in this respect, the manufacturers of pesticides do not have to worry.

        Next article was translated by Google also…..?


        By Udo Pollmer

        For years, researchers have been watching the global decline in the bee population with concern. Often, pesticides are blamed for dying. Wrong, says
        Udo Pollmer. Blame be the beekeepers themselves. Bees are dying worldwide. At the same time we receive reports, pesticides would put an end to the beloved bee Maya. Strangely enough, in the past when the farmers were using heavy
        insecticides, almost nobody took care about the bees.

        The examination of plant protection products for bee danger before approval is a recent achievement. There above, farmer and beekeepers have a long history working together. To ensure the pollination of the crops, they deduct the means and timing of the application. But since the bees are taken into consideration, one bee-loss is following the next. What’s going on there?

        True, there are more bee losses today than in the past. But the most important cause is not even mentioned: It is the ennobling. Although several bee species are suitable for beekeeping, practically only one species is used worldwide. This high-performance bee had to give way to our northern bees. This was robust, had no problems with bad weather as with an unsatisfactory supply of nectar and polls.

        Northern bees
        were only moderate honey gatherers

        To the chagrin of the beekeepers these animals were stinging and only moderate honey collectors. That’s why our beekeepers began around 1950 to eradicate the native northern bees. So they wanted to prevent their drones breed with the pure-bred high-performance queens and jeopardize the ambitious breeding goals.

        The northern bee was replaced by the Carinthian bee, which is native to the Danube basin to the Balkans. Thanks to intensive cultivation, it’s todays ideal livestock: hard-working, with good sense of direction, she sits quietly on the honeycomb, does not sting, raves only rarely, is cheap to maintain in winter and develops quickly in the spring.

        Beekeepers have carelessly transplanted their high-performance bee from Carinthia into distant
        ecosystems, and that’s where misery began. Nectar and pollen have different nutritional values, depending on the flowers. Some are even poisonous. Of course, the bees avoid venomous flowers when that’s possible. But if they are to swarm in huge monocultures, they have no choice.

        It is no coincidence that the largest loss of peoples is due to the California almond blossom. The tree provides amygdalin containing a blue-acid, which is
        quite toxic to bees. If bee colonies enter, all reflexively suspect pesticides.

        No laboratory is
        looking for …

        The intestinal flora of the bee usually takes over the detoxification of plant antibodies. But it’s not always enough. Especially if it is damaged by antibiotics
        such as tylosin or by streptomycin, with which fruit trees are treated. After no laboratory is looking for that.

        Instead, pesticides are analyzed, and when you find almost nothing, so explain environmentalists, you can see how risky ultratrace already are.

        Unfortunately, the Carinthian bee has an angelic-patience. Gentle beings are not only nice to the people, but also to the Varroa mite. Beekeepers introduced these parasites from Asia a few decades ago. The parasite isn’t dangerous for the native bees, they’ll combat mites in the hive consistently. Their peoples are healthier, but they supply too little honey.

        The world is
        asking for new bees

        The Varroa is not only a bloodsucker, it also spreads diseases. Before the time of the mite, the immune system of the Carinthian bee was able to cope with most pathogens. But since some viruses have found out that the mite is a kind of hypodermic
        needle, the situation changed.

        The pathogens got in the bloodstream of the bee through the bite of the mite. The new viruses, such as the DWV, do exactly what is supposed to be pesticides: the bees lose their orientation, get lost in strange hives and thus carry on the disease.

        We need a turnaround in breeding, we need bees that are adapted to the particular ecosystem, even when stitching increases and the honey harvest


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      • Bill: If someone even can’t give a scientifically reliable explanation of how neonicotinoids has
        got into the digestive tract of our bees, even in parts of the world where no one is using neonicotinoids, and how it is possible that beekeepers living in
        an area where all of the farmers were using NN (untill now no one can!), I should not waste my time. But for all the others:

        You’re wrong ! Neonics were patented in 1986 but only received limited authorization in 1991 ! Eight years earlier, in 1983, varroa-destructor was discovered for the first time.

        Neonicotinoids were used for 8 years without beekeepers complaining about bee colony losses.
        This changed in 1997, when French beekeepers reported the lack of sunflower-honey and high bee-hive losses. They suspected sunflower seed, which was first stained with Neonic imidacloprid [295]. But the mysterious honeybee deaths of 1997 probably have quite different causes. This same year grants for sunflowers ended in France. On the better fields, the farmers sowed corn, for the sunflower the drier areas had to suffice.

        The demanding plants went on a nectar strike, so there was no honey [139,148]. But that wasn’t
        all: This same year French beekeepers got violent trouble with the Varroa mite (Varroa destructor). The parasite became spontaneously resistant (nationwide) to the most important mite remedy, fluvalinate [295]. It might be that the French beekeepers haven’t understood these relationships. For them, imidacloperid was the most convenient explanation for their losses. Moreover, this
        interpretation filled their pockets: Who has had bee losses through synthetic pesticides received generous compensation [295]. So what could be more obvious than notifying the authorities as much pesticide damage as possible?

        But it went quiet around neonics again, even when it came in the US in 2004 to a devastating bee
        mortality. From the California almond orchards, where the peoples of migrant farmers served as pollinators, losses of 60% were reported. CCD, Colony Collapse Disorder was the name of the mysterious phenomenon characterized by
        the sudden idling of sticks. The beekeepers initially made the insecticides responsible, but then became convinced that it was the Varroa mite, together
        with the insecticides against the mites , as it’s cause.

        You wrote: “I don’t think so? Start thinking!

        Some of the (318) study’s we used:

        295. Wallner K:
        Warum bloß dieses Verbot? DLG-Mitteilungen 2013; H.8: 20-22

        139. Hedtke C:
        Die Sonnenblume als Trachtpflanze. Das Honigen verschiedener
        Sonnenblumensorten. Deutsches Bienenjournal 2000; 4: 283-285

        148. Illies I:
        Verhaltensbiologische Untersuchungen zur Trachtnutzung und zum Sammelverhalten
        von Bienen (Hymenoptera, Apoidea). Dissertation Uni Bochum 2005

        • There is no place on earth where Neonics are not used and high coloniy losses are being experienced.

          If CCD had anything to do with the Varroa mite Bayer and Syngenta would have proven this but they did not because this idea is false chemical industry propaganda.

          “How neonicotinoids hasgot into the digestive tract of our bees, even in parts of the world where no one is using neonicotinoids” What part of the world is that?

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