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Pesticide as Cause of Mass Bee Deaths


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Published on Monday, January 30, 2012 by Common Dreams
More Damning Evidence Points to Pesticide as Cause of Mass Bee Deaths
Bayer-produced imidacloprid harmful to bees even at very low levels

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Definitive paper on chemical consequences 2, maybe 3 years old.

[sign in to see URL]:doi%[sign in to see URL]%[sign in to see URL] Scroll down to the table of chemical residues found in wax and pollen.

Not just pesticides, Libra. Even herbecides can compromise a honey bee's immune system. Turn agribusiness away from agrochemicals and you will effect a sea change. American consumer would not stand for higher priced farm goods.

Canaries in the mine shaft.

Tere

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You know, most of the price to the American consumer comes well beyond the farm. There probably are ways, even now, to get higher prices to the farmers and lower costs to the consumers by eliminating some of the costs in the middle.
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No argument from me. Unfortunately, there is the mind set down on the farm that would have to change. For example, there is this thing called IPM. Integrated Pest Management. Idea is simple and well established. Use of mechanical, and other non-impacting means, to detect problems before the immediate, knee jerk response of spray, spray, spray. Idea well over 50 years old and still a hard sell. I don't know. Maybe the honey bee problem is finally enough to effect the change. Especially since pollinators account for something like $15 billion worth of agriculture. Just maybe.
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