The Risk-Monger » Blog Archive » The “Save the Bees” Ban: Failed Crops and another Precautionary Fail: Who is to Blame?

Within only ten months of the precautionary ban on neonicotinoid pesticides, farmers in the UK are reporting significant crop losses for oilseed rape (OSR) due to an infestation of cabbage stem flea beetles ravaging the British countryside. With OSR crop losses this year estimated to between 20-50%,  it is known that seeds treated with neonicotinoids (banned in the EU since December, 2013) would have efficiently controlled those predators.

In what should have been a perfect growing season, some OSR crops in Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire have been totally written off as the flea beetles continue to munch away and multiply. Farmers had been trying to save their crops spraying pyrethroids on their fields every couple days, but these older pyrethroids are nowhere near as effective as the banned neonics and much harsher on the environment (and bees). DEFRA in the UK has just given emergency authorisation to spray neonicotinoids on oilseed rape – a temporary measure under the conditions of the ban, not as effective as seed treated neonics and a good example of a member state recognising the stupidity of the ban. Sadly, it is likely to be too little, too late.

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Bee Health |Quoting Anti Pesticide Activists | Task Force Systemic Pesticides

IUCN Statement on issues surrounding arrest of Greenpeace activists

Taks Force Lead : Dr. Maarten Bijleveld – Founding Member World Wildlife Foundation Netherlands

Co Author : David Goulson – Friends of Earth http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6DEkm1p-Y-A

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Collingwood Golf Courses Polluting Watershed | Blue Mountain Watershed Trust Fund | Lake Simcoe Clean-up Fund – Currently Funded Projects – Water – Environment Canada

The mission of the Blue Mountain Watershed Trust Foundation (the “Trust”) is “to preserve and enhance the Blue Mountain Watershed ecosystem”. Consistent with this mission, we have been investigating pesticide applications on Collingwood area golf courses since January 7, 2008. Prior to undertaking our monitoring program, we reviewed the relevant pesticide legislation and material safety data sheets and the prescribed annual reports on pest control product usage by area golf courses. A literature search on pesticide usage in other jurisdictions was also undertaken.

Cleaning Up Lake Simcoe and South-eastern Georgian Bay

The Lake Simcoe South-eastern Georgian Bay Clean-Up Fund will help restore ecological health of Lake Simcoe and South-eastern Georgian Bay and improve water quality for the residents and wildlife of the region. 

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