July 28, 2009
The use of toxic chemicals at ever-increasing rates could have disasterous negative impacts on Honey Bees and other pollinators. Bayer Crop Science is now pushing the use of neonicotinoids which, according to their Movento Label on Environmental Hazards: "...For Terrestrial Use: This pesticide is toxic to aquatic invertebrates and oysters. Do not apply directly to water, to areas where surface water is present, or to intertidal areas below the mean high water mark.
This product may contaminate water through drift of spray in wind. Do not apply when weather conditions favor drift from treated areas. Drift and runoff from treated areas may be hazardous to aquatic organisms in neighboring areas. Do not contaminate water when disposing of equipment washwaters or rinsate.
This chemical has properties and characteristics associated with chemicals detected in ground water. The use of this chemical in areas where soils are permeable, particularly where the water table is shallow, may result in ground-water contamination.
This product is potentially toxic to honey bee larvae through residues in pollen and nectar, but not to adult honey bees. Exposure of adult bees to direct treatment or residues on blooming crops can lead to effects on honey bee larvae..."
Many chemicals have the potential to be cause the CCD losses in Honey Bees and could be responsible for the decline in other pollinators. It is time to rethink whole new generations of herbicides and pesticides until they are independently tested to determine if honey bees and other pollinators are in danger from their usage.
We should also note that increased usage of herbicides and pesticides residues may contaminate local water supplies, soils, and also the very food that we consume. It is time to rethink oversue of chemicals which are hazardous to humans and our environment.
Agriculture Defense Coalition
Post Office Box 499
Redwood Valley, CA 95470