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Bee colonies are collapsing in Australia

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Bee colonies are collapsing around Australia due to a malignant system that is allowing deadly chemicals into our suburbs as well as agricultural areas.The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) is currently putting our lives at risk. Kareena Arthy as executive officer, please be aware and intervene. This has been heartbreaking for beekeepers who often share a connection to their colonies. Bees are the canary in the coal mine. If these chemicals are killing bees inevitably they will kill us. With a degree in Economics you ought to realise how crucial bees are to the economy and our food system. in RedHills Brisbane people have been losing bees. , Chelsea Fox in Killarney Victoria and Adrian Agel in Oakbank South Australia Beekeepers - commercial and hobbyists - are united in demanding Fiprinol be banned in Australia, as it is Europe. Fipronil is a slow-acting poison. When used as bait, it allows the poisoned insect time to return to the colony and harbour. Fipronil is highly toxic to honeybees and indigenous bees, native fish and aquatic invertebrates. This is particularly noteworthy in urban areas, where the invention of the flowhive beekeeping is becoming increasingly popular and adding sustainably to the Australian economy. Consumers, please avoid using harmful products including: Confidor, Termidor, Kohinor, Admire, Advantage, Gaucho, Merit, Hachikusan, Premise, Prothor, Winner, Gaucho, Titan, Clutch, Belay, Arena, Assail, Intruder, Adjust, Calypso, Actara, Cruiser, Helix, Platinum, Centric, Regent, Frontline TopSpot, Fiproguard, Flevox, Chipco Choice. The APVMA is funded by fees, charges and levies imposed on the same industry it regulates. Chemical companies pay fees so the APVMA can evaluate registration proposals and renew product registrations, and a levy based on the wholesale sales of chemical. The Australian Government’s regulating body of pesticides (APVMA) is funded by the "registration fees" and "levies based on chemical sales”? So the APVMA is paid by the big pharmaceutical companies. In short, Monsanto, Bayer, Basf and other pharmaceutical companies fund the APVMA. This is a conflict of interest and perilous to our environment. Please use the email below to urge this department to ban Fiprinol, or call +61 2 6210 4701 Considering the mega profits of big pharmaceutical I think as a gesture of goodwill the APVMA should compensate Chelsea, Agel and Jack. It currently costs $400 for beekeepers who have clearly been affected by pesticides or these fast acting chemicals to have their bees tested. The APVMA does not support testing for chemicals, neither does our QLD DPI. Kareena Arthy, Beekeepers are also urging you to allow Australia to join France in banning neonicotinoids. Bayer produced  Confidor is a neonicotinoid that is available at Bunnings and Woolworths. We need Neonicotinoids banned.

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