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Why billions of bees are dying? What is this pesticide neonicotinoids?

Posted on: April 30, 2012

Why billions of bees are dying?

I read a couple of days an abstract of a scientific article claiming that experiments on bees demonstrated that an extremely small quantity of pesticide has the effect of disorienting bees: The bees requires four times more in duration to find their hives, and a bee that cannot return to its hive is practically a dead bee.

Recent years have seen a steep and disturbing global decline in bee populations, and a few bee species are already extinct and some US species are at just 4% of their previous numbers. Scientists have been scrambling for answers

Alice Jay of Avaaz.org is disseminating this warning and a call for action:

Quietly and globally, billions of bees are dying, threatening our crops and food. But if Bayer, the largest producer of neonicotinoids, stops selling one group of pesticides, we could save bees from extinction.

Four European countries have begun banning these poisons, and some bee populations are already recovering. But Bayer has lobbied hard to keep them on the market.

Massive global pressure from Avaaz and others has forced them to consider the facts, and in 24 hours, Bayer shareholders meeting in Germany will vote on a motion that could stop these toxic chemicals. Let’s all act now and shame the shareholders to stop killing bees.

The pressure is working, and this is our best chance to save the bees. Bees don’t just make honey, they are vital to life on earth, every year pollinating 90% of plants and crops, accounting for an estimated $40 billion in value, over one-third of the food supply in many countries.

Without immediate action to save bees, many of our favourite fruits, vegetables, and nuts could vanish from our shelves.

Many studies claim the decline may be due to a combination of factors including disease, habitat loss and toxic chemicals. But increasingly, independent research has produced strong evidence blaming neonicotinoid pesticides. France, Italy, Slovenia and even Germany, where the main manufacturer Bayer is based, have banned one of these bee killers. But, Bayer continues to export its poison across the world.

This issue is now coming to the boil as major new studies have confirmed the scale of this problem. If we can get Bayer shareholders to act, we could shut down once and for all Bayer’s influence on policy-makers and scientists.

The real experts, the beekeepers and farmers, want these deadly pesticides prohibited until and unless we have solid, independent studies that show they are safe.

Can we afford to leave our delicate food chain in the hands of research run by the chemical companies and the regulators that are in their pockets? Banning this pesticide will move us closer to a world safe for ourselves and the other species we care about and depend on.

Note 1: A petition is circulating to be sign!http://www.avaaz.org/en/bayer_save_the_bees/?vl

Note 2: This call for action was initiated by Alice, Antonia, Mia, Luis, Ricken, Stephanie, Pascal, Iain, Ari…of the Avaaz team

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