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posted by CoolHand on Friday September 02 2016, @11:08PM   Printer-friendly
from the not-what-we-need dept.

South Carolina County Sprays for Zika, Kills Honey Bees

As Found here:

Following cases of Zika in the area, the county dispersed insecticides through aerial spraying using aircraft. They did not notify local populations, leading to the mass death of area bee keepers' entire population of honeybees.

This seems especially bad, given the context of continuing decline in bee populations:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colony_collapse_disorder

Common Dreams reports

Millions of honeybees are dead in Dorchester County, South Carolina, and local beekeepers say the mass death was a result of the county spraying the area with the controversial pesticide Naled on [August 28] in an effort to combat Zika-spreading mosquitoes.

[...] A single apiary in Summerville, South Carolina lost 2.5 million bees in 46 hives, according to a local resident [...] Kristina Solara Litzenberger.

[...] "Without honeybees, we have no food", Litzenberger added. "Additionally, one can only deduct that if that much damage was caused to the bees, how will this affect people, wildlife, and the ecosystem?"

Beekeepers are supposed to be warned prior to any pesticide spraying, so that they can cover their hives to protect them. But local bee owners say they were not given any warning about Sunday's spraying, according to the local news station WCBD--and this was also the first time the community was subjected to aerial spraying, rather than spraying from trucks.

[...] Naled is a particularly dangerous pesticide, as the Miami Herald reported earlier this month:

Several studies suggest that long-term exposure to even low levels of Naled can have serious health effects for children and infants as well as wildlife, including butterflies and bees, for whom exposure can be lethal. Some studies suggest it might have neurological and developmental effects on human fetuses, including on brain size, echoing the severe consequences that eradication of the Aedes aegypti mosquito that carries the Zika virus is meant to prevent.

[...] The EU banned the chemical's use in Europe in 2012.


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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday September 02 2016, @11:56PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday September 02 2016, @11:56PM (#396817)

    Peter Thiel believes that freedom and democracy are compatible. [cato-unbound.org] Well, this is what you get when you let myopic technocrats run the show. They were so focused on zika they forgot to consider anything else. Democracy is about giving everybody a voice. Marginalize those voices at your own peril.

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday September 03 2016, @12:33AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday September 03 2016, @12:33AM (#396825)

    > Peter Thiel believes that freedom and democracy are compatible.

    It seems you meant incompatible.

  • (Score: 1) by khallow on Saturday September 03 2016, @09:23AM

    by khallow (3766) Subscriber Badge on Saturday September 03 2016, @09:23AM (#396967) Journal
    Well, actions like this do explain why Thiel would publicly wonder if "freedom and democracy are compatible". Incompetent technocrats ran the show here because elected leaders are either more incompetent or cowardly.
    • (Score: 2) by tibman on Saturday September 03 2016, @03:17PM

      by tibman (134) Subscriber Badge on Saturday September 03 2016, @03:17PM (#397035)

      Can a technocrat be incompetent? By definition it seems like they couldn't be.

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      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday September 03 2016, @04:25PM

        by Anonymous Coward on Saturday September 03 2016, @04:25PM (#397055)

        > Can a technocrat be incompetent? By definition it seems like they couldn't be.

        Technocrats are experts within the very narrow range of their specific field. But real life is never so narrowly constrained so for practical purposes a technocracy is always incompetent. They just tend to be delusional about their own mismatch with the job requirements.

      • (Score: 1) by khallow on Sunday September 04 2016, @03:11AM

        by khallow (3766) Subscriber Badge on Sunday September 04 2016, @03:11AM (#397240) Journal
        A glance at the definition [oxforddictionaries.com] doesn't state competence is part of the definition.