Insect Asides

“The European Food Safety Authority (Efsa) assessment [of neonicotinoid pesticides] includes bumblebees and solitary bees for the first time.” https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/feb/28/total-ban-on-bee-harming-pesticides-likely-after-major-new-eu-analysis

Solitary bees were previously reluctant to take part.

“A spokesman for Syngenta, a neonicotinoid manufacturer, said: “Efsa sadly continues to rely on a [bee risk guidance] document that is overly conservative, extremely impractical and would lead to a ban of most if not all insecticides, including organic products.””

If organic produce is now classified as an insecticide, then chemical pesticides are no more effective than hurling rotten fruit at insects.

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Zeronicotinoids

“These toxic chemicals [neonicotinoids] not only harm bees, they also persist in the agricultural landscape and contaminate soils, potentially harming invertebrates such as earthworms. They are picked up by wildflowers, get into the watercourse and are linked to a decline in birds and butterflies in farmed systems.
We now know that bumblebees can’t pollinate crops effectively when exposed to these pesticides, so it makes moral, ecological and economic sense to ban them.” (http://scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk/article/call-to-ban-bee-harming-pesticides-in-scotland/)

What else are we going to do with 15 beezillion unemployed bumblebees?

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Refubees

“The researchers suggested that one potential way to mitigate the bees’ reduced range would be to experiment with relocating bumblebee populations northwards, as has been done before with butterflies and plants.” (http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/jul/09/bumblebee-habitat-shrinking-europe-north-america-climate-change-study)

Travellers heading north will be offered the chance to chaperone a small swarm.

Beeography

“The linden tree originated in Europe, and North American bumblebees may not be able to handle a chemical that occurs naturally in its nectar.” (http://uk.reuters.com/article/2015/06/30/us-usa-bees-oregon-idUKKCN0PA04G20150630)

Pesticide formulators have scrabbled to patent every substance in linden nectar. They hope to divert blame for the Great Bee Massacre to Victorian horticulturalists then sell it.

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Buzz

“Honeybees and bumblebees drank more from pesticide-containing solutions, … [with] a negative impact on their motor function and their ability to collect food and forage. … The most likely reason lies in the similarity of the [pesticide] chemicals to nicotine.” (http://uk.reuters.com/article/2015/04/22/us-environment-bees-pesticides-idUKKBN0ND24220150422)

That which does not kill us makes us dopier — Beedrich Beetzsche.

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A Bee Turn

“Despite the conclusions originally drawn by [the UK’s Food and Environment Research Agency], their data appear to provide the first clear evidence that colonies of free-flying bumblebees exposed to neonicotinoids used as part of normal farming practice suffer significant impacts in terms of reduced colony growth and queen production.” (http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/mar/26/uk-drew-wrong-conclusion-from-its-neonicotinoids-study-scientist-says)

The new conclusion has been drawn in more of a bee-line from the results.

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