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posted by cmn32480 on Friday September 23 2016, @10:46PM   Printer-friendly
from the bee-nicer-to-nature dept.

Common Dreams reports

Agrochemical giants Syngenta and Bayer discovered in their own tests that their pesticides caused severe harm to bees, according to unpublished documents obtained through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request by the environmental group Greenpeace.

The companies conducted the trials on products that used the controversial pesticides known as neonicotinoids, or neonics, which have long been linked to rapid bee decline. Neonics are also the world's most commonly used pesticide.

According to their own studies, Syngenta's thiamethoxam and Bayer's clothianidin were found to cause severe harm at high levels of use, although the effect was lessened when used under 50 parts per billion (ppb) and 40ppb respectively, the Guardian reports.

However, as Greenpeace notes, the research "assumes a very narrow definition of harm to bee health and ignores wild bees which evidence suggests are more likely to be harmed by neonicotinoids".

That means the findings may "substantially underestimate" the impact of neonics, Greenpeace said.

[...] the studies are not realistic. The bees were not exposed to the neonics that we know are in planting dust, water drunk by bees, and wildflowers wherever neonics are used as seed treatments. This secret evidence highlights the profound weakness of regulatory tests.

Our previous discussions about neonicotinoids.


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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday September 24 2016, @01:55AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday September 24 2016, @01:55AM (#405809)

    If you look at institutions and all you ever see are shit factories then (a) you are bitter as fuck and (b) you are on the path to making things worse.

    Denounciations without any efforts to implement accountability isn't post-nihilist, its just plain old nihilist. Easy to do, and totally useless.

  • (Score: 2) by Post-Nihilist on Saturday September 24 2016, @02:31AM

    by Post-Nihilist (5672) on Saturday September 24 2016, @02:31AM (#405825)

    And yet flowers blooms in manure and bitterness gives characters to drinks.
    So is the tao of the nihilist:

    you can't believe in anything yet you have to believe in nihilism

    --
    Be like us, be different, be a nihilist!!!
    • (Score: 2) by Post-Nihilist on Saturday September 24 2016, @03:20AM

      by Post-Nihilist (5672) on Saturday September 24 2016, @03:20AM (#405832)

      Oh, I forgot about add, bees like Flowers... And for all the nicotinoïde gloom and doom, I have observed a growing varieties of wild bees pollinating the various fruits and flowers I grow around my house

      --
      Be like us, be different, be a nihilist!!!
    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday September 24 2016, @04:17AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Saturday September 24 2016, @04:17AM (#405847)

      > And yet flowers blooms in manure and bitterness gives characters to drinks.

      If you were a real nihilist you'd know that flowers and drinks are inherently pointless.
      You are just a poser who pretends at a false nihilism because it lets you be lazy and feel righteous.

      • (Score: 1, Touch├ę) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday September 24 2016, @10:39AM

        by Anonymous Coward on Saturday September 24 2016, @10:39AM (#405894)

        Post is Latin for "after", dearie. A post-nihilist is no longer nihilist.