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

​Co Author:

Task Force Lead:

Dr. Maarten Bijleveld,

Task forces are not open to all members, but by invitation only.

In March 2011, an international task force was set up under the IUCN Species Survival Commission and the Commission on Ecosystem Management to bring together the scientific evidence needed to underpin action on neonicotinoid pesticides, the most prominent of the systemic pesticides currently used to "protect" more than 140 different crops and sold in 120 countries. Neonicotinoid pesticides have rapidly grown to become the most widely used group of insecticides globally, with a marketshare of 25%. Suspected by some scientists of being the cause of the worldwide decline of honey bees and wild pollinators, neonicotinoids are a set of nicotine-based systemic insecticides, differing from conventional spray products in that they also can be used as either seed dressings or as soil treatments and as a result they are dispersed into plant tissues, as well as washed into aquatic habitats through runoff. Their high persistency in soil and water results in a sustained (chronic) exposure of non-target organisms such as invertebrates to harmful concentrations. Neonicotinoids are neurotoxins that act on invertebrates’ information processing by affecting a specific neural pathway that is more common in invertebrates than other animal groups, making them popular very broad spectrum insecticides.