Recently the Congressional Research Service prepared a report for Congress on the most recent science entitled “Bee Health: The Role of Pesticides”. A similar review is being been conducted in the UK in the form of testimony before the UK House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee. Will this make a difference as far as the use of systemics? What is at stake as far as the industry is concerned? Will this finally get the momentum that is needed to make the changes the scientific community and the beekeeping community have been calling for?
In this special series called “The Neonicotinoid View”, hosts June Stoyer and Tom Theobald talk to environmental author and beekeeper, Graham White. Stay tuned!
Bio: Graham White, an expert on John Muir is the founder of the John Muir Award which challenges people of all ages to do something for the conservation of nature and wildlife. Graham published the Scottish Environmental Handbook which was the first publication of its kind. He also published The Nature of Scotland as well as a number of John Muir's works. In 1977, Graham hiked from Yosemite to Mt Whitney in a life changing journey which inspired him to create the first environment center in the United Kingdom. Graham began raising awareness against the use of neonicotinoids in 2004 and has also been working to raise awareness about the toxic impact on the entire eco-system. His message is that we are in danger of creating an agricultural environmental that is toxic to wildlife of every kind.