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Study: EPA-Approved GMO Insecticide Responsible for Killing Off Bees, Contaminating Entire Food Chain

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Early last year, leaked documents obtained by a Colorado beekeeper exposed the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) illegitimate approval of clothianidin, a highly-toxic pesticide manufactured by Bayer CropScience.


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Alice C (1797)
Monday April 9, 2012, 1:30 am
Early last year, leaked documents obtained by a Colorado beekeeper exposed the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) illegitimate approval of clothianidin, a highly-toxic pesticide manufactured by Bayer CropScience that the regulatory agency knew was capable of killing off bees ( Now, a new study out of Purdue University in Indiana has not only confirmed, once again, that clothianidin is killing off bees, but also that clothianidin's toxicity is systemic throughout the entire food chain, which could one day lead to the catastrophic destruction of the food supply.

The study, which was published in the online journal PLoS ONE, investigated the various methods and routes by which a class of insecticides known as neonicotinoids, which includes clothianidin, are harming honey bees. They discovered that both clothianidin and thiamethoxam, another component of neonicotinoid insecticides, persist in "extremely high levels" in planter exhaust material produced during the planting of crops treated with these insecticides, which runs contrary to industry claims that the chemicals biodegrade and are not a threat.

The research team also found neonicotinoid compounds in soil, including in fields where the chemicals were not even sprayed, as well as on various plants and flowers visited by bees. Based on their analysis, the researchers involved with the study determined that bees actively transfer contaminated pollen from primarily neonicotinoid-treated corn crops, and bring it back to their hives. The bees also transfer neonicotinoid compounds to other plants and crops not treated with the chemicals, which shows just how persistent these chemicals truly are in the environment.

James merritt jr (144)
Monday April 9, 2012, 1:33 am
thank you.

Agnes N (703)
Monday April 9, 2012, 2:43 am
Thanks Alice

Cheryl B (64)
Monday April 9, 2012, 4:22 am

Cheryl B (64)
Monday April 9, 2012, 4:23 am
thanks for telling the world

Dee C (229)
Monday April 9, 2012, 6:57 am
GMO has to go..I doubt it will..but unbelievable how destructive and irresponsible it is..

Thanks Alice..

Sheryl G (359)
Monday April 9, 2012, 7:40 am
When you upset the natural balance of the eco system, it breaks down. These chemicals and alteration of crops do just that. It doesn't take a science major to know these things, but unfortunately, in our society and system those who destroy get to do all sorts of mayham and then others must "prove" it is affecting, when we know it is. They don't have to go through courts to destroy but those of us who want to perserve need to go through all sorts of hoops to protect. It should be the other way around but our society is arsebackwards and it shows in the destruction around us.

Caitlin M (104)
Monday April 9, 2012, 8:56 am
This is just so damned sad I can't believe it. What the hell are humans doing, not only to the "lesser" creatures, but to themselves?? It is beyond my comprehension that this human organization, the FDA, is so irresponsible. It's almost enough to wish for the apocalypse or whatever the end of mankind that's supposed to happen in December this year according to the Mayan calendar (or whatever it is). The present bunch of human beings, since the beginning of our time on Earth, has made a travesty of life itself, so why not just self-destruct so there might be a chance that some more sane characters will emerge and live positive self-realizing lives. Oy vay!

Caitlin M (104)
Monday April 9, 2012, 9:00 am
I don't mean to sound so fatalistic and negative, but this kind of news is just the icing on the top of so much bad news about the bad decisions that humans make. I guess I'm topped out on it right now. I think I'll go get a massage before the apocalypse comes!

Caitlin M (104)
Monday April 9, 2012, 9:03 am
Oh... and I meant EPA, of course.

Barbara K (61)
Monday April 9, 2012, 10:04 am
On every petition I've signed, I've mentioned the importance of the bees for pollination for our food supply; and how they and we are being poisoned by Monsanto. It is a rotten shame when our food supply, the food we are expected to eat, is poisoned, thereby making people sick. There is no wonder we have so many digestive illnesses in this country. We are slowly and methodically being poisoned and it seems that no one cares, it's just about the money. Maybe some lawsuits would help? Also, Monsanto's wife is in the House of Representatives in Washington and pushing and advocating for using these poisons. Vote her out of there, whoever she represents. Smarten up, it costs a lot of money to care for the people made sick by these poisons.

Jim Phillips (3247)
Monday April 9, 2012, 11:32 am
There is no doubt that many insecticides out there in the fields all over the world
are destroying not only bees and other beneficial insects, birds and animals, but are
also destroying fields, soils and contaminating the waters.

There are many insecticides, pesticides that have yet to be tested for safety by the EPA.

There are many corporate shills in EPA in in other government branches that their only goal
is to ensure the usage of these very dangerous chemicals and to hell with the people. Greed
and profit at the expense of human lives as well as other animals, birds, insects and so on.

Ty, Alice.

Norman Caswell (36)
Monday April 9, 2012, 12:45 pm
Brill Post Alice D, and thanks to Dandelion for the forward.

leslie c (18)
Monday April 9, 2012, 12:54 pm
Please watch the documentary "Queen of the Sun" which has
finally been released. It will educate you on the terrible plight
of bees. Thanks Alice.! Noted.

Suzy F (94)
Monday April 9, 2012, 1:33 pm
Thanks, Alice and Dandelion. It's a shame what these chemicals and GMO crops are doing to America. Posted to FB, too.

. (2)
Monday April 9, 2012, 2:21 pm
Sometimes these "little things" are the most important.


Victoria P (109)
Monday April 9, 2012, 2:22 pm
"Today, more than ever before, life must be characterized by a sense of Universal responsibility, not only nation to nation and human to human, but also human to other forms of life." ~Dalai Lama

Thanks Danelion, Alice, and Leslie....looking forward to watching the film, and will continue to sign petitions with hope~♥

Barb K (1687)
Monday April 9, 2012, 3:24 pm
Will fwd to Bee Hive. Thanks Alice...wish we could use environmental-friendly spray.

Mary T (178)
Monday April 9, 2012, 3:33 pm
Thanks Alice, Noted with disgust at the EPA.

SuSanne P (193)
Monday April 9, 2012, 4:58 pm
TY Alice and D for the forward! I have been saying for years now that Monsanto is in bed with every Org. involved with poisoning the bees (as well as planet in it's entirety). After reading Barbara's post I just had to make that connection once again. The EPA is inept which we all know. The USDA is almost as bad~ as the many articles I have read here on C2 the last couple of years has confirmed. The naughty "loopholes" of 100% Organic vs. Organic is one. (USDA) Everyone else claiming ALL NATURAL has a loophole~ 70% Organic. How many are aware of this??? But the disease and death as the result of this lack of humanity has me spitting out the organic carrot juice I just swallowed. NO MATTER HOW WE TRY AND HELP OURSELVES OUT OF CURRENT ILLNESS or preventative illness for ourselves and loved ones in the future~ just how much time do we have left? The bee population that are still buzzing around are spreading SICK food, as this article states! OR is there a chance of relocating to anywhere on the planet that hasn't been affected? This pisses me off as much as Caitlin shared...I don't have a massage or PTA apt, I am just trying to make sence of the huge GR$$D that has us all dying! Being a HUGE gardener prior to this year I know all whom grow here in town. ALL ORGANIC, all having a lesser crop by a great percentage, and all having great worries about this problem!

SuSanne P (193)
Monday April 9, 2012, 5:10 pm
Link dated: 70-100% Organic by Terri Hall-Jackson Oct l5, 2009 (in case I screwed up with the link) I realize this is off just makes me so darn mad! I looked at EVERYthing in my fridge~ only one USDA bottle was 100% organic! The rest brought me to tears knowing how many people are trying. How many people aren't aware of these companies and especially our BEES!

Forgive my Rant. I deserve one today...just delete Alice as I've gotten so far offtrack of your BRILLIANT post.

SuSanne P (193)
Monday April 9, 2012, 5:11 pm
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Past Member (0)
Monday April 9, 2012, 7:15 pm
Noted. Sighed. I've noticed a huge decrease in the number of bees in the last several years.

I know this is a news about the insecticide but also, if you think about each person kills just one bee, think about how much that depletes the bee population. So, I've stopped killing them by swatting them. I've encouraged my kids to swish them away for example out of the car window rather than killing the bees.

We need to do everything we can to elliminate the depletion of the bee population including stopping any abuse of insecticides.

Past Member (0)
Monday April 9, 2012, 7:21 pm
To clarify, I did mean to type "Sighed". I took a deep exasperated sigh after reading this. Is there any government agency that is not run by corruption?

Susanne R (236)
Monday April 9, 2012, 8:05 pm
Thank you for this very important post, Alice. And thanks for the forward, Dandelion!

Fiona Ogilvie (562)
Monday April 9, 2012, 8:21 pm
So criminal. It is not like there is still some controversy that these Bayer pesticides are responsible for CCD. These are extremely poisonous chemicals.

Robert Hardy (68)
Monday April 9, 2012, 9:32 pm
I wonder who will buy their food when we are all dead?

Past Member (0)
Tuesday April 10, 2012, 1:16 am
Noted. Thanks.

Arild Gone for now (174)
Tuesday April 10, 2012, 1:45 am
Thanks Alice.

Kerrie G (116)
Tuesday April 10, 2012, 3:08 am
Noted, thanks.

Quanta Kiran (67)
Tuesday April 10, 2012, 3:19 am

KS Goh (0)
Tuesday April 10, 2012, 6:08 am
Thanks for the article.

Corinne Winson (2)
Tuesday April 10, 2012, 6:38 am
I bought pure South African honey at a local craft market this Saturday past (Ambrosia Apiaries : and the bee-keeper commented that, in the 4 hrs since he set up his stand with bottles & tubs of honey, not one single bee had visited. This is a sad commentary on the state of health of our bee populations.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday April 10, 2012, 6:54 am
Bayer, of course, is attacking this research. I sign every petition I see on this. We must rid this Earth of most pesticides, and those with neonicotinoids, especially and immediately. These are systemic, and the bees can not avoid being permeated with it. With some of the other types of pesticides, many are killed, but, others survive. However, the generational effects must be devastating.

JL A (281)
Tuesday April 10, 2012, 7:50 am
More evidence of the need to control GMOs given their out-of-control impacts with global repercussions.

Terrie Williams (798)
Tuesday April 10, 2012, 10:18 am
I just imagine what this crap -- this human induced poison - is doing to our DNA, our children's DNA, animal/wildlife DNA and insect DNA. These fools who produce this death in a bottle do not even realize they are poisoning THEMSELVES as well? Or, can they now eat money, drink oil and breathe DDT? I wonder.....

We do not have to worry about a God inflicted Armageddon. We will do it to ourselves. We ARE doing it to ourselves...and 99% of us are having it done against our will.

Lisa N (204)
Tuesday April 10, 2012, 12:52 pm
Noted, thank you for posting Alice & Dandelion for the forward. Als to Leslie C. for the heads up on the documentary "Queen of the Sun" will have to check that out, thanks!

. (0)
Tuesday April 10, 2012, 3:22 pm
is there a petition for this?

Bonnie B. (0)
Tuesday April 10, 2012, 3:53 pm
Thanks for posting this, Alice. It is so sad that we are supposed to be so scientific and yet some, for profits, deliberately ignore what we know about how the very ecosystems we have studied for years work. Well, duh, if you poison the crops and the bees come in contact with them... not to mention all the way up the food chain, you poison the insects bats and birds eat and then wonder why bats and birds are in trouble? seems to me we learned this with DDT and how it affected the shells of birds, making them too fragile to be sat upon by the parents. Isn't it a surprise that when you SPRAY poison it doesn't stay in the exact area you're targeting, it wafts or runs off into water sources, so our ingestion of them is compounded in what we eat, drink and breathe...or, even though it is pretty standard science, that plants and simple insects will adapt quickly to the poison. They have a very short lifespan! But if you screw up bees and they can't create viable colonies.... then the larger body, the hive, is in deep doodoo and there will be no future generations to adapt to it. And the humans ingesting this crap, with their long lifespans, aren't adapting fast enough either. We, who have taken a few basic science classes understand this, but evil companies like Monsanto and Bayer don't give a damn and they don't care if many of us die, or if at some point ecosystems crash catastrophically. They live in the myopic world of quarterly profit reports and no further and figure they will be long gone before this happens. They don't even care about their own progeny, why would they care about yours?! The FDA became a joke years ago when their funding was cut (Saint Ronny probably started it) and they were forced to use the research by the very companies they were supposed to be protecting us from. Now the Republicans want to do away with all the agencies that are supposed to protect us. What WE need to do is get rid of THEM! I know everyone here will get out and vote, but we need to do more than that this time and help others get out and vote.

Is anyone having trouble signing in to their Care2 account? I've been having to sign in via Facebook for weeks... it seems Care2 was hacked and that's the reason and Help in swamped. I hate to think of having to create a new account and start all over. Any ideas?

wendi huffman (4)
Tuesday April 10, 2012, 4:05 pm
noted & thanks for sharing

Alice C (1797)
Tuesday April 10, 2012, 4:22 pm
Hi Bonnie ~ I have been signing in via Facebook as well.

Sue Matheson (79)
Tuesday April 10, 2012, 7:16 pm

Judy C (91)
Wednesday April 11, 2012, 3:36 am
There are many excellent comments here. Not only are we poisoning the earth and her inhabitants, all these poisons aren't just acting alone. We are immersed in a toxic soup, and we don't know how all these substances interact. We have a clue in the plight of the honeybees, and why there is such a tangle of influences leading to their demise.

Kathy Javens (104)
Wednesday April 11, 2012, 6:19 am
Noted. And thank you, Alice for posting. The earth is fast being ruined by all of the chemicals,pesticides and genetic manipulation being done. And all in the name of greed. This earth is becoming a toxic waste dump. If it is not stopped now, then when?

Ruth C (87)
Wednesday April 11, 2012, 6:32 am
Humans are always that fault for all the wrong that is happening in the world, but the ones that pay the price are always the animals!!

Alice C (1797)
Thursday April 12, 2012, 12:58 pm
Harvard Study Links Pesticide-Laced Corn Syrup to Bee Colony Collapse
by Lori Zimmer, 04/09/12
filed under: Animals, News

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The decline of the bee population over the last few years has been blamed on many causes, but a recent Harvard University study gives “convincing evidence” that pesticide-laced corn syrup may be the cause of colony collapse. The study shows that odd behaviors such as abandoning hives, disorientation and confusion could be the direct result of farmers feeding their bees high-fructose corn syrup, which was not an issue until U.S. corn crops started to be sprayed with the pesticide imidacloprid eight years ago. Scarily, the first outbreak of Colony Collapse Disorder occurred just a year afterwards.

Lethal doses of the neonicotinoid family of pesticides (which imidacloprid belongs to) are not the cause of death for bees. Instead, little by little, the bees are poisoned, which gradually deteriorates their fragile nervous and immune systems. This leaves the bees susceptible to parasitic diseases and other sicknesses.

The Harvard University study, which will be published in the Bulletin of Insectology this June, also found that the exposure to neonicontinoids creates the effect of colony collapse, which can confuse bee instincts. Some examples include the production of fewer queen bees and male bees not returning to their hives in winter, both are which completely destructive to the breeding process.

Neonicontinoids are widely used chemicals in pesticides, first used as a pesticide alternative as it has been deemed “safe” for humans, without information on its effect on the bee population. The US Environmental Protection Agency will continue Harvard University’s study, and examine whether the chemical is the true cause of colony collapse, and if it should therefore be banned.

Via The Scientist

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Read more: Harvard Study Links Pesticide-Laced Corn Syrup to Bee Colony Collapse | Inhabitat - Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building

Robert O (12)
Thursday April 12, 2012, 1:21 pm
Once again man's bloodstained fingerprints are all over another environmental problem. Thanks Alice.

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Rob S (68)
Wednesday April 25, 2012, 9:40 am
These idiots will end up killing us all off. BAN THE DAMN THINGS WITHOUT ANY DELAY!!!
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