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In this special series called “The Neonicotinoid View”, host June Stoyer and guest co-host, Tom Theobald, will be joined by David Sánchez from the Corporate Europe Observatory to discuss the recent leaked memos from Syngenta and Bayer which reveal the furious lobbying against European Union measures to save bees.
Bio: David Sánchez, BSc in Environmental Sciences and MSc in Ecology. He has been a campaigner on food sovereignty and against GM crops at Friends of the Earth Spain for several years. Now he works in the Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO), a Brussels-based research and campaign group working to expose and challenge the privileged access and influence enjoyed by corporations and their lobby groups in European Union policy making.
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In the world of beekeeping, neonicotinoids have maintained the spotlight as the scientific evidence continues to grow regarding the decline of the world's bee population. Neonicotinoids are defined by the EPA as a class of insecticides with a common mode of action that affects the central nervous system of insects, causing paralysis and death. All of the neonicotinoids were registered after 1984 and were not subject to reregistration. Some uncertainties have been identified since their initial registration regarding the potential environmental fate and effects of neonicotinoid pesticides, particularly as they relate to pollinators. Data suggests that neonicotinic residues can accumulate in pollen and nectar of treated plants and may represent a potential exposure to pollinators. Adverse effects data as well as beekill incidents have also been reported, highlighting the potential direct and/or indirect effects of neonicotinic pesticides. Therefore, among other refinements to ecological risk assessment during registration review, the Agency will consider potential effects of the neonicotinoids to honeybees and other pollinating insects. Dr. David Goulson, Professor of Biological Sciences at the University of Sterling and his team have conducted new research titled “Neonicotinoid pesticide reduces bumble bee colony growth and queen production.” In this special series called “The Neonicotinoid View”, hosts, June Stoyer and special co- host, Tom Theobald will be joined today by Dr. David Goulson, Professor of Biological Sciences at the University of Sterling to discuss his research.
Sulfoxaflor is from the sulfamine family and is also a systemic pesticide. Sulfoxaflor is effective against a wide range of sap-feeding insects and exerts its insecticidal activity as an agonist at the insect nicotinic acetylcholine receptor (nAChR), which plays a central role in the mediation of fast excitatory synaptic transmission in the insect central nervous system. Sulfoxaflor has not been evaluated previously by the Joint FAO/WHO Meeting on Pesticide Residues and was reviewed at the present Meeting at the request of the Codex Committee on Pesticide Residues. While it is not a neonicotinoid, it is systemic pesticide that targets the same neural receptors as the neonicotinoids.
As we continue our special series called “The Neonicotinoid View”, hosts June Stoyer and special guest-host, Tom Theobald will be joined by Dr. Susan E. Kegley, to discuss the impact of sulfoxaflor and discuss the pros and cons of this agro-chemical.
Dr. Kegley is Principal and Founder of the Pesticide Research Institute (PRI), an environmental consulting firm providing research, analysis, technical services and expert consulting on the chemistry and toxicology of pesticides. Dr. Kegley’s consulting work focuses on pollutant fate and transport; human and ecological exposure assessment and risk assessment; development of tools to assess relative risks for different pesticides; development of integrated pest management (IPM) approaches to minimize pesticide use; environmental monitoring (with a focus on air and water sampling); and analytical chemistry. She also has expertise in pesticide regulation and policy, ecotoxicology, human toxicology, and epidemiology. Dr. Kegley has a BS in Chemistry, Summa cum laude, from the University of Richmond and a PhD in organic/inorganic Chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
As we continue our special series called “The Neonicotinoid View”, hosts June Stoyer and Tom Theobald are joined by Dr Henk Tennekes to discuss his latest research, titled, “Impact of Systemic Insecticides on Organisms and Ecosystems” The research examines the negative impacts that systemic insecticides have on organisms, populations and ecosystems. The efficacy of these products in controlling the target pests is assumed and not dealt with here – only the effects
Tibor Szabo, VP Ontario Beekeepers Association discusses efforts to ban neonicotinoids on The Neonicotinoid View Radio Show with June Stoyer and Tom Theobald.
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In this special series called “The Neonicotinoid View” June Stoyer and special co-host, Tom Theobald will be joined by Dr. Sánchez-Bayo, Centre for Ecotoxicology, University of Technology Sydney, Australia to discuss his research on neonicotinoids.
In a document titled, “Evaluation of Canadian Bee Mortalities that Coincided with Corn Planting in Spring 2012”, Health Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) reported some of the events of this historic crisis. “PMRA received a significant number of honeybee mortality reports from the provinces of Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Nova Scotia, Quebec and Ontario. A portion of these mortalities were determined to be associated with spray drift, however, an unusually high number of reports of honey bee mortalities were received from beekeepers in corn growing regions of Ontario and Quebec. The majority of reports were from southern Ontario, involving over 40 beekeepers and 240 different bee yard locations. Additionally, one report was received from Quebec involving eight bee yards. Timing and location of these honey bee mortalities appeared to coincide with planting corn seed treated with insecticides. An evaluation was undertaken to assess whether pesticides may have contributed to the mortalities and whether regulatory action was required. This evaluation focused only on pollinator mortalities that coincided with planting treated corn.
The information evaluated suggests that planting of corn seeds treated with the nitro guanidine insecticides clothianidin and/or thiamethoxam contributed to the majority of the bee mortalities that occurred in corn growing regions of Ontario and Quebec in Spring 2012. The likely route of exposure was insecticide contaminated dust generated during the planting of treated corn seed. The unusual weather conditions in the spring of 2012 were likely also a contributing factor.”
In this special series called “The Neonicotinoid View”, hosts June Stoyer and guest co-host, Tom Theobald, talk to the Vice-President of the Ontario Beekeeper’s Association, Tibor Szabo. Tibor is a 3rd generation beekeeper and the largest queen producer in Canada. Stay tuned!
Sometimes the best way to learn how to manage difficult situations with your hives or simply gain valuable knowledge about beekeeping is to communicate with other seasoned professionals. Especially with the rapid bee losses commercial beekeepers have experienced, it has been difficult trying to make any decision as far as what you should or should not do. In this special series called “The Neonicotinoid View”, hosts, June Stoyer and Tom Theobald will talk to the President of
In this special series called “The Neonicotinoid View”, host, June Stoyer, will be joined by special guest host, Tom Theobald to discuss the steps Canada is taking to protect honeybees with John Van Alten, President of the Ontario Beekeepers’ Association. We will discuss the bee kills in Ontario and Quebec as well as the review of several neonicotinoids by Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency (their EPA). Stay tuned!
In the world of beekeeping, neonicotinoids have maintained the spotlight as the scientific evidence continues to grow regarding the decline of the world’s bee population. Neonicotinoids are defined by the EPA as a class of insecticides with a common mode of action that affects the central nervous system of insects, causing paralysis and death. All of the neonicotinoids were registered after 1984 and were not subject to reregistration. Some uncertainties have been identified since t
Recently, the European Commission proposed a two-year suspension on the use of three neonicotinoids after the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) deemed their use to be an unacceptable risk. The ban failed to achieve a weighted majority and therefore, was not passed. However, it is still subject to an appeal where environmentalists and bee health advocates are anticipating a victory. What direction is needed in order to continue the momentum and what is the process for the people to reach the elected officials responsible for the vote? What is the next course of action to protect all pollinators?
In this special series called “The Neonicotinoid View”, hosts June Stoyer and guest co-host, Tom Theobald, talk to environmental and bee health advocate, Brigit Strawbridge who has been campaigning against neonicotinoids and is going to explain the recent developments in Europe with the proposed ban. Stay tuned!
Bio: 'Brigit Strawbridge moved with her family to a smallholding in Cornwall in 2005, where their endeavors to live a more sustainable lifestyle were the subject of the BBC series ‘It’s Not Easy Being Green’. Following the series, Brigit moved back to Malvern, Worcestershire, where she founded ‘The Big Green Idea’ an environmental charity dedicated to showing people how easy it is to live a low impact, wildlife friendly and ethical life.
Over the last few years Brigit has become increasingly concerned about the plight of our native bees and now spends her time talking, writing and campaigning to raise awareness of the importance of bees as pollinators; the problems they face (focusing on habitat loss and pesticides); and what we can all do to help.'
In this special series called “The Neonicotinoid View” co-hosts, June Stoyer and Tom Theobald are joined by Jeffrey Gibbs CEO of Northern Light Candle Company, Australia and CEO of Beeswax Australia to discuss his paper, "Neonicotinoids in Australia". Jeffrey has 36 years personal experience as commercial beekeeper - running up to 2,000 hives! He is currently in contact with dozens of Australian commercial beekeepers – specifically in areas of large honey flows, par