What Is This Pesticide?In 2008 the German Organization Coalition accuses Bayer CropScience (who works with Monsanto) of "marketing dangerous pesticides and thereby accepting the mass death of bees all over the world."
Bayer CropScience’s ResponseBayer says the pesticide entered the environment because farmers failed to apply an adhesive agent that affixes the compound to the seed coats. Without the fixative agent, Bayer says, the compound drifted into the environment from sown rapeseed and sweet corn and then affected the honeybees. "Seed treatments are one of the most targeted and environmentally friendly forms to apply crop protection products. We regret the recent bee losses and the situation they have created for the beekeepers in Baden-Württemberg," said Dr. Hans-Josef Diehl, head of development and registration at Bayer CropScience Dr. Richard Schmuck, an ecologist at Bayer CropScience, said "When used correctly," he said, "this crop protection product is safe for operators, consumers and the environment and fulfills the international criteria with regard to ecological systems."
US Government Not Releasing ResearchIn the United States, the nonprofit Natural Resources Defense Council filed a lawsuit in federal court in Washington, DC to force the federal government to disclose studies it ordered on the effect of clothianidin on honey bees. Studies on clothianidin were ordered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from Bayer CropScience in 2003 when the EPA granted the company a registration for the chemical. You have to think, if the studies revealed it was not responsible, then the USDA would have released that information. There silence can only indicate the results they found were shocking. NRDC attorneys believe that the EPA has evidence of connections between pesticides and the mysterious honey bee die-offs reported across the country called colony collapse disorder that it has not made public. Colony collapse disorder has claimed more than one-third of honey bees in the United States since it was first identified in 2006.
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