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Honey Bees Dying From Corn Insecticides

Hone Bees Dying

If after hearing about the mysterious mass honey bee deaths in recent years, you found yourself wondering, “why are bees dying?” Researchers studying the phenomenon known as colony collapse disorder have recently published a study in the American Chemical Society’s Environmental Science & Technology journal, titled “Assessment of the Environmental Exposure of Honeybees to Particular matter Containing Neonicotinoid Insecticides Coming from Corn Coated Seeds.” As the title of the publication indicates, the researchers have discovered a correlation between colony collapse disorder and the insecticides used to coat corn seeds.

Neonicotinoid insecticides, according to the research study, rank amongst the “most widely used in the world, popular because they kill insects by paralyzing nerves but have lower toxicity for other animals.” The seeds are coated using a process which incorporates pneumatic drilling machines used to suck the seeds in and spray them with neonicotinoid insecticides prior to planting the seeds.

Honey bees are essential to many ecosystems due to their natural ability to pollinate plants. For us humans, the honey bees’ ability to pollinate is a necessity when it comes to ensuring the success of food crops. Scientist believe that the disruption of pollination has the potential to dramatically affect ecosystems.

The researchers behind the aforementioned published study wrote in their study:

“In view of the currently increasing crop production, and also of corn as a renewable energy source, the correct use of these insecticides within sustainable agriculture is a cause of concern.”

Initially, beekeepers were the first to notice that the honeybees were dying around the time of corn planting when neonicotinoid insecticide coated corn seeds were used.

Up until now, colony collapse disorder has left researchers scratching their heads in bewilderment as to what could cause so many honey bees to die. Initial speculation resulted in the belief that honey bees were disappearing and not actually dying as it turns out.

A Colony Collapse Disorder video published on YouTube over 1 year ago makes quite clear their belief that neonicotinoids are indeed the culprit behind CCD. Here is that video for your viewing pleasure, titled Colony Collapse Disorder: It’s Pesticides, Stupid!

via Yahoo! News

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8 Responses to “Honey Bees Dying From Corn Insecticides”

  1. Michael J. Trout

    In mid 1990s a new super pesticide were innovated called systemic pesticides… in 2000 systemic pesticides were added to seed and now over 90% of the seed used for our mono-cultures are systemic pesticide treated. systemic, "neurotoxic" pesticides known to be particularly toxic to ALL 20,000+ plus species of bees that pollinate 70% of our food and lack a detoxification gene. As systemics, they are water soluble and thus permeate the plant from the roots up and are expressed in pollen, nectar and guttation droplets (like pesticide dew). Neonicotinoids have a 15+ year half-life, which means once used they permeate throughout the ecosystem for over 15 years and keep killing and posioning. They are killing and weakening bird immune systems who feed of insects and killing birds that feed on wheat and corn seed. They are found in 80% of the population and get into the placenta blood and breast milk and could be the cause of many of the problems facing our kids from ADD, Asthma and the allergy epidemic etc.. We are poisoning our only ecosystem to make a few richer! Wake up #SaveOurBees and ourselves before it is too late. JOIN a #SaveOurBees group or launch one yourself and invite just 20 friends!

  2. John Goit

    bees are not present during planting, early spring, the toxin in the plant itself is killing the bees.