Imidacloprid and Clothianidin are Killing Bees…is that all they are killing?
You should first search “systemic pesticides” to learn how they work.
Don’t take my word for it, do your homework, this is very important!
I typed the following in my yahoo search box “Imidacloprid and Maine Blueberries” and found lot’s of information.
Bee Research at The University of Maine 2010 http://www.extension.org/pages/26331/bee-research-at-the-university-of-maine-2010
Maine’s bee population taking hard hits from weather, illness and
Cooperative Extension: Maine’s Native Wild Blueberries
Insects – 209-Insect Control Guide for Wild Blueberries http://extension.umaine.edu/blueberries/factsheets/insects/209-insect-control-guide-for-wild-blueberries/
This is important because blueberries are touted as a super food. Using systemic chemicals on them! How does that fit the health profile for this food? It takes a little extra work to find, buy, and eat organic but you can do it. That would be another
search. “Organic Maine Blueberries”
It is not my intent to pick on any one crop or state here. I searched this after watching the movie Vanishing of the Bees.
Tip for searching your crop of interest. First pick one of the following systemic chemicals: imidacloprid, acetamiprid, clothianidin, nitenpyram, thiacloprid, or thiamethoxam.
Next add your crop. This can be fruits, vegetables, cereal or grain, animal feed crops; It doesn’t really matter what combination you use the results will be the same…Poison!
Lastly, if you want area info. add the state or region.
Example Search: Clothianidin and Idaho potatoes
Go ahead… give it a try! Most any combination will tell you all you need to know right there in the first page of the results.
Systemic Pesticides: Chemicals You Can’t Wash Off Washing or peeling fruits and vegetables before you eat them won’t protect you from systemic pesticides. Read more: http://www.motherearthnews.com/organic-gardening/systemic-pesticides-zm0z10zrog.aspx#ixzz1j0W0pQdr
Now that you know what these chemicals are, how they are used, and that they cannot be washed off because they are in the food; find out what they are doing to the bees. Search “clothianidin and honeybees”or “imidacloprid and honeybees“.
Final note…Unless you are an all organic family; you are eating this stuff every day.