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Bee Smart: Avoid Honeybee-Killing Pesticide

Bee Smart: Avoid Honeybee-Killing Pesticide

I just had to write about this news that sheds light on the probable cause of massive honeybee die-off and hive collapse. Given that we are entering Memorial Day weekend, a traditional garden planting time, the article might stop the buying any of these pesticides and save some bees!

You may have heard of the massive honeybee colony collapses threatening the world’s food supply and one that has worried farmers everywhere. Up to 70 percent of honeybees have disappeared, and many hives have died off completely.

Ninety-nine percent of bees in a die-off in Germany carried pesticides of the neonicotinoid family, and Germany has now banned these pesticides from being used. France banned them in 1995 because of their toxicity to bees.

Neonicotinoid pesticides are a synthetic version of nicotine. They are applied systemically to the plant and is highly neurotoxic to insects. All of these pesticides are classified for general use. Imidacloprid was first registered for use in the U.S. in 1992 and is possibly the most widely used insecticide of the group. It, and Thiamethoxam, are highly toxic to honeybees.

Neonicotinoid pesticides are commonly available as dusts, granules, seed dressings, soluble concentrates, and suspension concentrates. Brands include Assail®, Tristar®, Acetamiprid®; and for Imidacloprid, Admire®, Advantage®, Gaucho®, Merit®, Premise®, Touchstone®; and for Thiamethoxam Cruiser® and Platinum®.

Read more: Nature, Lawns & Gardens

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Annie B. Bond

Annie is a renowned expert in non-toxic and green living. She was named one of the top 20 environmental leaders by Body and Soul Magazine and "the foremost expert on green living." - Body & Soul Magazine, 2009. Learn Annie's latest eco-friendly news on anniebbond.com, a website dedicated to healthy and green living.

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3:19AM PDT on Mar 30, 2013

Thanks for the info

2:33PM PDT on Aug 15, 2012

No bees, no food.

10:26AM PDT on Aug 14, 2012

Thanks for making people aware of this

8:38AM PDT on May 30, 2012

thnx

7:42AM PDT on May 21, 2012

thanks

11:46AM PDT on May 16, 2012

Thanks for sharing.

7:28AM PDT on May 8, 2012

Thank you for sharing.

1:59AM PDT on Apr 26, 2012

Thanks for sharing.

4:34PM PDT on Apr 24, 2012

Sold as 'Confidor' in Australia to the home gardener.

10:12AM PDT on Apr 23, 2012

Thanks for the info.

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