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USDA Study Concludes Neonics NOT Driving Bee Deaths
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Did you catch this headline this week? The Department of Agriculture announced late last week that honey production, which has been disrupted after CCD (Colony Collapse Disorder) devastated the bee population nine years ago, is up 14% and the number of hives is up 4%, increasing the two previous years before that. The total number of beehives today is higher than it was in 1995, when neonics first came on the market.

This article acknowledges that "many past researches often based their experiments on extremely high amounts of pesticides—far more than a bee would normally encounter in its life."

Another topic covered is the real-world impact of banning neonics; the ban of neonics in Europe has actually led to increased bee deaths.

The effects of neonics on bees has definitely been a controversial topic as of late and surely this topic will linger on for some time. These statements from the USDA are the first step in helping our industry move through this challenge. Click here to read the full article. 

Reader Comments (3)

Wish the big boxes pull their NOT TREATED WITH NEONICS tags as they only serve to mislead customers.
Friday, March 27, 2015 | Victor

We all know that "studies" can be manipulated on the favor of those analyzing the data. For example how is the exposure in a bees lifetime determined? Is it based on a colony established in a heavily monocultured agricultural area or based on a colony established in a protected wildland, if it is a median of these extremes then how is the exposure quantified?
Just remember - Insecticides kill insects, a honeybee is an insect!
Friday, March 27, 2015 | Reality Check

Sorry, but "Grower Talks", has always been more industry friendly than grower friendly. It wasn't too many years ago that they were saying Roundup wasn't that bad. Remember where their advertising revenue comes from?

(Chris replies: You can't seperate "industry" from "grower," Dallas. This is the grower industry, and GrowerTalks is supportive of all of it. There's no taking sides between people who grow plants and the people who make products that help them do that - we're all in this together. As for Roundup, I use it in my yard, but I pay for it, Monsanto doesn't give it to me for free.)
Wednesday, April 08, 2015 | dallas

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