Pesticides, a leading cause of pollinator decline

 “Countless studies have already found that pesticides, and particularly neonicotinoid insecticides, are a leading cause of pollinator declines. Our bees can’t wait for more reports and evaluations. We need to save them by banning neonicotinoids, and especially neonicotinoid seed treatments, right now.”

Neonicotinoids, or neonics, are a class of pesticides known to have both acute and chronic effects on honeybees, birds, butterflies and other pollinator species, and are a major factor in overall pollinator declines. These systemic insecticides cause entire plants, including pollen and fruit, to become toxic to pollinators; the chemicals are also slow to break down, and therefore build up in the environment. A large and growing body of independent science links neonics to catastrophic bee declines. Twenty-nine independent scientists recently conducted a global review of more than 1,000 independent studies on neonics and found overwhelming evidence linking them to declines of bees, birds, earthworms, butterflies, and other wildlife. EPA’s own scientists have already found that bee-killing neonic seed treatments, deployed on more than 100 million acres across the United States, do not even benefit farmers. The actions described in this report are not enough to save our pollinators as long as bee-killing neonicotinoids are being used on more than 100 million acres in this country. A reevaluation of neonicotinoid uses is not enough. For bees and pollinators to survive and thrive, the EPA needs to stop dodging its consultation obligations and fully assess the impacts of neonicotinoids under the Endangered Species Act.”

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“Numerosos estudios ya han encontrado que los plaguicidas y especialmente insecticidas neonicotinoides, son la principal causa de la disminución de polinizadores. Nuestras abejas no pueden esperar más informes y evaluaciones. Necesitamos salvarlos por prohibición neonicotinoides y sobre todo neonicotinoides tratamientos de semillas, ahora mismo.” Neonicotinoides, neonics, son una clase de pesticidas tienen efectos agudos y crónicos en las abejas, aves, mariposas y otras especies de polinizadores y son un factor importante en la disminución de polinizadores totales. Estos insecticidas sistémicos causan plantas enteras, incluyendo polen y fruta, llegar a ser tóxicos para los polinizadores; los productos químicos también son lentos para romper y por lo tanto se acumulan en el medio ambiente. Un cuerpo grande y creciente de ciencia independiente enlaces neonics abeja catastrófico disminuye. Veinte y nueve científicos independientes recientemente llevaron a cabo una revisión global de más de 1.000 estudios independientes sobre neonics y encuentran abrumadora evidencia vinculándola a la disminución de las abejas, aves, lombrices, mariposas y otros animales salvajes. Los científicos de la EPA han encontrado ya que tratamientos de semilla neonic matar abejas, implementados en más de 100 millones de hectáreas en los Estados Unidos, incluso no beneficiarán a los agricultores. Las acciones descritas en este informe no son suficientes para salvar a nuestros polinizadores como matar las abejas neonicotinoides se utilizan en más de 100 millones de hectáreas en este país. Una reevaluación de neonicotinoid usos no es suficiente. Para que las abejas y polinizadores para sobrevivir y prosperar, la EPA debe dejar de esquivar sus obligaciones de consulta y evaluar plenamente el impacto de neonicotinoides bajo la ley de especies en peligro de extinción”.

2 thoughts on “Pesticides, a leading cause of pollinator decline”

  1. This is stupid and usseles. Colony Collapse Disorder only affects commercial hives that pollinate commercial crops using commercial pesticides. Wrong!CCD affects all bee colonies of Apis mellifera. The pesticides affect other pollinator species as well. Domestic colonies seldom gather pollen and nectar from their own immediate surroundings, leaving these for last resort. They will forage in next doors gardens and even in neighbouring fields. Hence why pesticides are a problem. The average bee will travel easily 5 miles for food and they will do this continually for the better part of 6-8 weeks which is virtually their entire life cycle. The first 2-3 weeks are spent in the hive administering to the brood and other tasks. Once out and about they travel continuously looking for food. In 6-8 weeks a lot of land is covered. So the comment above by Thomas is clearly based on incorrect advice.CCD can affect all colonies of Apis mellifera regardless of whether they are commercial or domestic. The impact is clearly greater with commercial colonies due to the sheer numbers. Most households that keep bees will have only a small number of hives, between 1 and 5 usually, whereas commercial outfits have many hundreds of colonies.

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