Colony Collapse Disorder and Neonicotinoid Insecticides

2 Oct

by Julian Vigo / May 26th, 2016

“Colony Collapse Disorder is still highly debated among scientists with Purdue University entomologist, Tom Turpin, denying that this disorder exists. While Turpin admits that neonicotinoid insecticides kill honeybees, he does not believe that this insecticide alone is responsible for the death of bee colonies, adding, “Several factors including diseases, mites, exposure to insecticides, and unusually warm winters have contributed to colony death.” While many scientists acknowledge that Colony Collapse Disorder is not necessarily uniquely limited to pesticides, the fact that Turpin’s own department is neck-deep in Monsanto funding, to include a gift under the moniker of the “Honey Bee Club,” makes any research coming from that department on this subject suspect. Monsanto does business with Nippon Soda and Sumitomo Chemical, the producers of three different neonicotinoids, and Monsanto is currently evaluating the takeover of the companies that produce three neonicotinoids, Bayer CropScience and Syngenta.”

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2 Responses to “Colony Collapse Disorder and Neonicotinoid Insecticides”

  1. friendpilgrim 2016/10/02 at 4:05 pm #

    I have beekeepers in my family – the small scale kind that have a few hives in addition to the other stuff they do, not the major operations that ship bees all over the country in the back of semi trucks to pollenate the big farms. My favorite sweetener is wildflower honey. If I had my own land, I would experiment with building a top bar hive, as I think that they are less stressful for the bees, if less convenient for the beekeeper.

    We are out of touch with our food supply and it’s a dangerous position to be in. Our culture is built around outsourcing every practical thing we need. It is very difficult to find knitted jerseys made in the USA and nearly impossible to find cloth woven here aside from a very few specialty products. We are discouraged from learning how our food is grown or handled, and inspections have been significantly defunded under cover of eliminating government waste. With increasing waves of contamination incidents, our food is killing us, and now the chemicals farmers are given fewer and fewer choices about using are killing the bees needed for pollination. The corporations own our food supply and are making moves to also own the water. I fear for the future.

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