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Bee-killing neonicotinoids also lower crop yields by poisoning slugs predators

12/13/2014 - The world's most widely used pesticides - already implicated in worldwide declines in pollinator populations - may actually reduce crop yields by wiping out native predators of agricultural pests, suggests a study conducted by researchers from Penn State and the University of South Florida and published...

Tucson considers banning neonicotinoid pesticides to save bees and environment

10/12/2014 - Yet another city is contemplating whether or not to ban an insecticide that is likely causing adverse environmental effects by negatively impacting ecosystems. City leaders in Tucson, Arizona, are preparing to be asked to ban nicotine-based insecticides, a chemical which many scientists allege is contributing...

Canadian beekeepers file lawsuit against Bayer, Syngenta over bee-killing neonicotinoids

9/29/2014 - Canadian beekeepers have filed a class-action lawsuit against two pesticide manufacturers, seeking $400 million in damages for the devastating effects of the neonicotinoid pesticides that have been linked to the destruction of honeybee colonies. "The goal is to stop the use of the neonicotinoids...

Neonicotinoid pesticides found contaminating streams and rivers throughout Midwest

8/1/2014 - Researchers for the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) tested nine rivers in the Midwest during last year's growing season and discovered high concentrations of neonicotinoids, or neonics, in 100 percent of the water samples. Neonicotinoids, similar to nicotine, are a class of neuro-active insecticides...

Neonicotinoids to be banned in American Northwest and Hawaii in effort to save pollinators

7/31/2014 - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has decided to end their use of neonicotinoids, an insecticide resembling nicotine that kills a variety of pests and has been proven deadly to the environment. "We made the decision because we are concerned over the global decline in all pollinators -- bees and...

Beyond honey bees, neonicotinoid pesticides now found to be killing baby birds

7/20/2014 - A class of pesticides widely blamed for a worldwide collapse in pollinator populations is also devastating populations of birds, according to a new study conducted by researchers from Radboud University in the Netherlands and the Centre for Field Ornithology and Birdlife Netherlands, and published in...

Failure of the EPA marked by honey bee decline

7/7/2014 - There have been suspicions about pesticides causing colony collapse disorder (CCD) where suddenly many bees die or disappear from their hives and never return. In particular, many scientists have been suspecting a class of pesticides known as neonicotinoids. After several large scale bee keeper and...

Environmental impacts of neonicotinoid pesticides are now 'impossible to deny'

7/1/2014 - Evidence that neonicotinoid pesticides are doing severe damage to ecological integrity and bee populations around the world is now "conclusive," according to a review conducted by an international scientific task force. The threat posed by these pesticides is on the same scale as that once posed...

Breaking - Spokane City Council rebels against bee-killing pesticide and votes to ban neonicotinoids

6/29/2014 - Another positive step in protecting bees has been taken, this time by the Spokane City Council. It will now be illegal for the City of Spokane to purchase or use neonicotinoid insecticides, such as RoundUp Ready. Following the example of Eugene, Oregon, the city is the second in the nation to ban the...

Confirmed: Neonicotinoids are collapsing honeybee colonies

5/29/2014 - The hypothesis that neonicotinoid insecticides are the primary factor responsible for the ongoing collapse of honeybee colonies has been strengthened in a study conducted by researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health and the Worcester County Beekeepers Association, and published in the Bulletin...

Neonicotinoid pesticides harm honeybees while failing to improve crop yields

4/27/2014 - The immune systems of honeybees are being compromised. Bees are being slaughtered in droves. Piles of these pollinators are gathered by the handfuls at farms across the Western Hemisphere. This isn't a small-scale problem that the bee populations can easily adapt to and overcome. This has been a growing...

Neonicotinoid pesticides not just a threat to bees; humans also at risk

1/5/2014 - A new report issued by the European Food Safety Commission (EFSA) has found that a class of crop pesticides previously linked to causing mass bee deaths is also inherently harmful to humans. Researchers from the EFSA determined that neonicotinoid pesticides -- acetamiprid and imidacloprid in particular...

Neonicotinoids are the new DDT, and they're destroying our world

8/14/2013 - The infamous organochlorine insecticide, DDT (dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane), has been banned from agricultural use worldwide since 1972, after world leaders decided it was universally unsafe at the Stockholm Convention. At the time, DDT was linked to cancer and deemed a contact poison to wildlife,...

Pesticide opposition group calls for government to ban bee-killing pesticides

7/2/2013 - Neonicotinoid pesticides, including the likes of imidacloprid, clothianidin, thiamethoxam, dinetofuran and acetamiprid, are coming under heavy scrutiny. Their horrendous, environment-ravishing, bee-killing properties are responsible for entire bee colony collapses. As these poisons are sprayed into...

Europe bans bee-killing neonicotinoid pesticides: When will America take action?

5/12/2013 - A major victory for the world's bee populations has been achieved in Europe, where a majority of European Union (EU) member states voted recently to ban the use of bee-harming neonicotinoid pesticides across the entire continent for at least two years. In an overwhelming vote of 15 to 8, these member...

Official EU research verifies bee holocaust caused by dangerous man-made poisons, Big Ag and Big Government do nothing

4/26/2013 - A class of insecticide chemicals commonly applied to rapeseed, also known as canola here in the U.S., as well as sugar beets, corn, and various other crops is killing off bee populations across the globe, and a prominent environmental watchdog group is now demanding that these insecticides be immediately...

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