Monday, February 4, 2013

Bayer Argues Against EU Insecticide Ban to Protect Bees

Majia here: I love honey so I've been following the bee colony collapse for years.

The bee colony collapse is an agricultural and environmental disaster. Much has been written about the search for the cause of the collapse.

In 2010 I demonstrated how The New York Times operated propagandistically to shape public interpretations of the causes of the disorder by emphasizing diseases in bees, without acknowledging that these diseases are believed to be a result of compromised immune systems caused by pesticides:
Oct 11, 2010
A New York Times article described the ongoing bee collapse mystery as solved by the collaboration between a university scientist and the U.S. Military. Since I love ...

Majia here: In 2012 I looked at evidence that pointed directly to pesticides as the underlying factor causing bee colony collapse:
Aug 28, 2012
The second story was published in 2010 and concerned a Wikileaks release of an EPA report documenting the EPA knew the pesticide class at issue had risks for bees and other beings. What is frustrating here is that two ...

Majia here: One of the more interesting items in the Aug 28 Post (above) is a story about a leaked EPA document showing that the EPA itself suspected pesticides but failed to act:
Wik-Bee Leaks: EPA Document Shows It Knowingly Allowed Pesticide That Kills Honey Bees BY Ariel Schwartz Fri Dec 10, 2010

Majia here: Well it appears that the European Union is trying to enforce new restrictions on 3 pesticides "suspected" of causing colony collapse after a report was issued by the European Food Safety Authority finding the insecticides posed risks for bees.
M. Dalton of the The Wall Street Journal reports 2/1/2013 on page B5 that the pesticide manufacturers Syngenta AG and Bayer AG are fighting the proposed regulations claiming that "environmental conditions and disease are the main culprits behind the collapse."

Majia here: Its true that environmental conditions (pesticides) make bees more vulnerable to disease; of course, that is not what Bayer had in mind.

Bayer AG has a particularly pronounced history of evil that is relevant when evaluating their ethics:
Search Results for Bayer and Nazis

Chemical companies that claim products safe when proven harmful demonstrate that corporations can indeed be sociopathic.

Jan 22, 2013
Of course, it is hard to wake people up when mainstream accounts - such as The Washington Post article above - fail to mention that the disease in bats has been linked to pesticides. The collapse of the bee population has ...

Dec 15, 2010
"Now a leaked EPA document reveals that the agency allowed the widespread use of a bee-toxic pesticide, despite warnings from EPA scientists. The document, which was leaked to a Colorado beekeeper, shows that the ...

Apr 12, 2012
Wired: "Controversy Deepens Over Pesticides and Bee Collapse". By Brandon Keim. [excerpted] "A controversial new study of honeybee deaths ...

May 26, 2012 [Excerpted] "Colony collapse disorder threatens food crops valued at $15 billion a year. New research says farm chemicals put our food ...

Jan 28, 2012
ith news that the U.S. honeybee population has been so devastated that some beekeepers will qualify for disaster relief dollars, comes a report from Purdue University that one of the causes of honeybee deaths is - as long ...

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