Study: Correct neonic use reveals no honeybee colony risk

If correctly used, a University of Guelph research team found no colony-level risk to honeybees from neonic pesticides after going through a number of published and unpublished manuscripts.

Upon the request of Bayer and Syngenta, researchers at the University of Gelph, headed by toxicologist Keith Solomon and aide teacher Gladys Stephenson, examined 64 papers from open, peer-reviewed literature on the subject along with 170 unpublished manuscripts submitted to regulators by the pesticide makers, Syngenta and Bayer.

According to Canadian Cattlemen, the scientists examined earlier studies conducted by or for Bayer and Syngenta, that studied the effects of pesticide-treated seeds on honeybees.

In the text of the study published in the Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health, for all three products the group wrote in the Journal that overall weight of evidence, based on the studies analyzed, indicated no adverse effects on colony viability or survival of the colony..

Dr. Keith Solomon noted that, while the scientific rigor quality varied with each different paper, the overall results generally demonstrated no adverse affects on colony viability or survival. Solomon also pointed out that scientists might use the findings of his team’s research to improve studies hive exposure to pesticides.

Unfortunately, the results of this research will probably not get much media coverage. Most of the mainstream media purposely misreports, downplays, outright lies or ignores scientific research about the effects of pesticides on bee populations. As has been pointed out earlier, vorra mites, not pesticides, are the biggest threat to bees.

Environmentalist opposition to pesticides is conducted to not only make humans more susceptible insect attacks but also affect the human food supply. Restrict or even ban pesticides use for crop production and food volume shrinks, which results in mass starvations and even death.

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