Pesticides and Honeybees

EPA knew pesticides were killing honeybees in the 1970s but punished those who spoke out published this story in September 2014. You can find it here. This article cited a study published in 2014 that talks about the dangers of these pesticides on honeybees. This is a 74 page pdf of heavy reading but it has some important information for beekeepers and anyone concerned about commercial use of pesticides. 

Here is an excerpt from the study:

An ex – US EPA employee confirms that the bees in the US have almost gone 17 In December 2013, Vallianatos described the corruption amongst Regulators at the top of the US EPA, and what happened to ecologists who pointed out the effects of these neurotoxic weapon-like biocides which should have no place in agriculture.He writes: “In my 25-year experience at the US EPA, nothing illustrated the deleterious nature of “pesticides” and “regulation” better than the plight of honeybees. Here is a beneficial insect pollinating a third of America’s crops, especially fruits and vegetables, and we thank it with stupefying killing. Poisoning of honeybees became routine in the mid-1970s with the EPA’s approval of neurotoxins encapsulated in dust-size particles that took da ys to release their deadly gas. Some of my EPA colleagues denounced such misuse of science and public trust. They told their bosses those encapsulated neurotoxins were weapon-like biocides that should have no standing in agriculture and pest management. In deed, one of those EPA ecologists discovered the neurotoxic plastic spheres in the honeybee queens’ gut. This meant poison in the honey.EPA acted with fury. It forced the scientist out of his laboratory and into paper pushing in Washington. Approval of the industry’s neurotoxins expanded to cover most major crops. This meant honeybees had less and less space to search for food without dying.

A few days ago I called up a beekeeper inviting him to an environmental conference planned for June 2015. He declined because, he said, there would be no honeybees left in another year or two. “Exposure,” he concluded, “as low as one tenth of a part per billion can be fatal to honey bees.”

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This article from the huffingtonpost was cited in the study. It also talks about honeybees becoming extinct due to pesticide use.