In this special encore edition of The Organic View Radio show, tune in to see how far we have come to understand the impact of neonicotinoids on pollinators. This is the very first interview with Tom Theobald who is a commercial beekeeper, honeybee health advocate and special guest co-host of The Neonicotinoid View Radio Show (which airs each Wednesday).
More than 100 agricultural crops in the United States are pollinated by bees. Without them, life as we know it would cease to exist. Any fatal impact on the honeybee would create a monumental disaster. Clothianidin has been widely used as a seed treatment on many of the USA’s key crops (which include canola, soy, sunflowers, wheat and sugar beet crops) for eight growing seasons under a conditional registration granted while EPA waited for Bayer Crop Science, the pesticide’s maker, to conduct a field study assessing the insecticide’s threat to bee colony health. The EPA has moved from granting a conditional registration to full registration of this chemical just in time for the spring planting. Clothianidin is of the neonicotinoid family of systemic pesticides, which are taken up by a plant’s vascular system and expressed through pollen, nectar and gutation droplets from which bees then forage and drink. Scientists are concerned about the mix and cumulative effects of the multiple pesticides bees are exposed to in these ways. Neonicotinoids are of particular concern because they have cumulative, sublethal effects on insect pollinators that correspond to CCD symptoms – namely, neurobehavioral and immune system disruptions. In this segment of The Organic View Radio Show, host, June Stoyer will speak to Tom Theobald, commercial beekeeper, President and founding board member of the Boulder County Beekeepers' Association and guest co-host of The Neonicotinoid View Radio Show about the impact of this devastating chemical. Stay tuned!