The Avaaz Petition, http://www.avaaz.org/en/hours_to_save_the_bees/?biXkCab&v=21487, demonstrates how the international public supports the ban of pesticides, to protect bees.
A very recent report by the European Safety Commission has found that Insecticide produced by Bayer is unacceptable. Scientists at the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) on the 16th of January 2013 released a statement identifying a number of risks posed to bees by three neoicotinoid insecticides.
A high acute risk to honey bees was identified from exposure via dust drift for the authorized uses in cereals, cotton, maize and oilseed rape.
A high acute risk was also identified for exposure via residues in nectar and/or pollen for the authorized uses in cotton, oilseed rape and sunflowers.
The chemical’s manufacturer, Bayer, claimed the report, released on Wednesday, did not alter existing risk assessments and warned against “over-interpretation of the precautionary principle”.
Two major studies in March 2012, have implicated neonicotinoid pesticides in the decline in the insects, alongside habitat loss and disease. In April, the European commission demanded a re-examination of the risks posed by the chemicals, including Bayer’s widely used imidacloprid and two others.
Prof David Goulson, at the University of Stirling and who led one of the key 2012 studies, said: “It is very pleasing that EFSA now acknowledge there are significant environmental risks associated with these chemicals. It begs the question of what was going on when these chemicals were first approved. Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring was 50 years ago but we have not learned the lessons.”