vanishing of the bees doc continues to call for action
Vanishing of the Bees (Hive Mentality Films) was released in 2009 yet it continues to stir public awareness of Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) threatening a $200 billion U.S. agriculture industry and those reliant on it in our guts. When Director George Langworthy interviewed U.S. and European experts, they pointed to a smoking gun, systemic pesticides made by Bayer and Dupont. Rated 59% by Rotten Tomatoes, the doc’s greater value is as a rallying cry for government regulation of neuro-active systemic pesticides, i.e. neonicotinoids. Fast-forward for what government, science and industry are doing (and not doing).
February 25th, 2014: USDA press release announces $3 million to subsidize farmers in Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin and the Dakotas to to reseed pastures with alfalfa, clover and other plants appealing to both bees and livestock. Wow! That’s six times this environmental documentary’s $500,000 budget (.01% USDA 2014 proposed budget and .0015% value of the U.S. agriculture industry at risk). The USDA made no mention of systemic pesticide bans or research. Why? See leaked EPA document below.
December 17th, 2013: European Food Safety Authority announces two neonicotinoids (imidacloprid and acetamiprid) may “adversely affect the development of neurons and brain structures associated with functions such as learning and memory”.
September 9th, 2013: UK rejects scientific case for ban on systemic pesticides linked to CCD but European Food Safety Authority goes forward with two-year moratorium.
January 16th, 2013: European Food Safety Authority press release announces the ban of three ‘systemics’ or neonicotinoids (clothianidin, imidacloprid and thiametoxam) for seed treatment, soil application (granules) and foliar treatment on bee attractive plants and cereals.
April 26th, 2012: Israeli biotech company, Beeologics leading CCD research announces acquisition by Monsanto (developer and supplier of GM crop seeds often treated with systemic pesticides). Beeologics and Monsanto are focusing GMO research on Acute Bee Paralysis Virus (ABPV) not systemic pesticides.
November 2nd, 2010: A Environmental Protection Agency leaked document shows the agency was warned by scientists inside the EPA that the pesticide clothianidin is highly toxic to honey bees and could end up killing the entire honey bee population, yet the EPA approved the pesticide for widespread use in the pre-treatment of corn seeds (as a systemic pesticide found in corn pollen gathered by bees). See beekeeper’s related video.