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Study Clears Bayer
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In another article by Bloomberg Business, it was announced that researchers at the University of Maryland concluded their three-year study on the effects of imidacloprid on bee colonies and found "imidicloprid, when applied at 'realistic' levels, doesn't harm honey bee colonies." The scientists state that "it contributes, but there is a bigger picture." This study clears Bayer's insecticide as the "sole cause of CCD" and is another small victory. You can read the full article here.

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I must be on the emailing list of every environmental organization out there, and for good reason: I've been seriously concerned about a broad range of environmental issues since the mid 1970's. But never once did I sign on in the frenzy over neonics, believing, accurately as it turned out, that the science wasn't in yet, and that we simply didn't know what all the true factors were. And further, it bothered me greatly that so many activists in this issue seemed to have just learned that pesticides were used on the myriad crops and products when the neonic implication got proposed. That is, they seemed woefully ignorant about the effects of older chemistries, things like organophosphates and carbamates. All that siad, one of my biggest fears coming out of this situation is that numerous other, credible and legitimate environmental efforts will now be discredited as this one is shown to have been wide of the mark. That would be a true tragedy, in a world where nature is being beaten up every hour of every day.

But I am hopeful that at least for coscientious growers, the tools offered by neonic chemistry will remain in the toolbox. And further, I hope the industry itself will self-police such that these products are not used in situations where insect-pollinated plants are treated sufficiently close to their respective time of flowering, leading to bee and other insect deaths.
Friday, March 27, 2015 | Thomas Duffey

Sadly , the anti science bias will prevent many people from believing this and they will continue to excoriate the chemicals without fact. This will prevent progress and the finding of a cure for CCD
Friday, March 27, 2015 | Joel Pesapane

On Joel's comment. I don't think its an "anti-science bias" that is really driving people to be skeptical about studies. Its when science is used and manipulated by people or organizations that have an inbuilt agenda that drives people to be skeptical about science and 'studies'.

It might be a corporation, an advocacy group, or even academics (with an education that say 'this is the way things are'...and who are you with your crazy theory). Its certainly the media (looking for a sexy story and ignoring the details of the study). Its politicians with a pet project and an audience to pander to.

When International Widgets funds a 'science study' that finds that widgets reduce heart disease and increases the sex drive, the public is right to be skeptical. And when the government gives money to increase exports of widgets we right to roll our eyes.

When governments allow industries to self-regulate, we don't trust.

When regulators neglect their responsibilities, we don't trust.

When groups directly fund their own science, we don't trust.

When politicians pander to money and elections, we don't trust.

When trust is betrayed over and over we do the only thing that seems rational. We don't trust. I do 'trust' science, as far as that goes. But that does not seem to go very far these days.

Well. thats a bit of a rant. I hope its not too much, but 4 out of 5 doctors recommend a rant a week. ;)
Friday, March 27, 2015 | rob mills

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