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Honeybee Update

Thursday, April 04, 2013

Eric Mussen, apiculturist at University of California, Davis, discusses the latest findings on what’s killing honeybees, what the loss of bees means for agriculture, and how beekeepers and researchers are addressing the problem.

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Eric Mussen

Comments [3]

Andrey from Acworth, GA

Petition can be signed here:

https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/direct-epa-ban-use-neonicotinoid-pesticides-until-proven-it-does-not-negatively-impact-honeybees/zK6mgtc3

Direct the EPA to ban the use of Neonicotinoid pesticides, until proven that it does not negatively impact honeybees.
Numerous recent studies link the CCD (Colony Collapse Disorder) of honeybees to the use of certain Neonicotinoid pesticides (e.g. imidacloprid, clothianidin, thiamethoxam).
Population of honeybee colonies has been dropping at an alarming rate since 2006. EPA keeps on ignoring the fact that there are effects from these pesticides on bee health. If honeybee health were of any concern to the EPA, the use of these pesticides would have been banned years ago. Countries such as France, England, Italy, Germany and Slovenia have banned at least some form of Neonicotinoids (e.g. for seed treatments).
EPA has agreed that there are "known acute toxicity of these compounds to pollinators" but has not even placed the use of these toxic pesticides on hold.

Apr. 10 2013 09:23 AM
PHILIP J GREENBERG from nyc

there are crops that as it grows it produces its own pesticide - its genetically part of the plant -- Bees use the syrup/polen that theses plants produce which contains a byproduct as pesticide and we wonder why they are dying ??
This Pesticide polen is introduced into the colony and is part of the nutrients they live off of and nutures the young bees
and we wonder why ????

Apr. 04 2013 04:26 PM
Amy from Manhattan

The promo for today's show talked about honeybee die-off "in this country," but I doubt the problem stops at the borders. How widespread is colony collapse?

Apr. 04 2013 01:31 PM

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