A new class of pesticides that are nicotine-based: neonicotinoids ; also called: imidacloprid, acetamiprid, clothianidin, nitenpyram, thiacloprid, and thiamethoxam can create lethal and sub-lethal effects on bees.
The EPA identifies two specific neonicotinoids, imidacloprid and clothianidin, as highly toxic to bees. Both chemicals cause symptoms in bees such as memory loss, navigation disruption, paralysis and death.
Both chemicals have been linked in dramatic honeybee deaths and subsequent suspensions of their use in France and Germany. Several European countries have already suspended them. Last year Slovenia and Italy also suspended their use for what they consider a significant risk to honeybee populations.
New pesticide class known as neonicotinoids are put on agricultural seeds and plant which creates a condition where the pesticide moves through a plant’s vascular system and bees pick up the pesticide-tainted pollen. These pesticides produce lethal and sub-lethal effects in bee larvae, reproductive effects on the queen and physiological affects that impact enzyme activity in bees and leads to impairment of memory, navigation and feeding behavior. This results in colony collapse and loss of bees for pollinating our crops as well as our native plants.
Please help place a ban on these new class of pesticides that are nicotine-based: neonicotinoids; also called: imidacloprid, acetamiprid, clothianidin, nitenpyram, thiacloprid, and thiamethoxam that create lethal and sub-lethal effects on bees. France and Italy have banned these nicotine-based pesticides and have seen bee recovery. Why are we not doing the same?
Bees are a vital resource, did you know that a bee colony with 25,000 forager bees, each making 10 trips a day, is able to pollinate 250 million flowers? We do not have the technology nor the manpower to pollinate our crops as effectively and efficiently as bees. We need to act now, bees pollinate one-third of the food we consume. I am very concerned and entreat you to take action in the House and Senate, ban these consumer and commercial pesticide products.
Sources: www.ars.usda.gov/is/br/ccd/ccdprogressreport2010, www.pastatebeekeepers.org/pdf/ProtectingBees.pdf. and www.msnbc.msn.com/id/18442426/ns/health-diet_and_nutrition.