“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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“The Japanese government rejected imports of Norwegian whale meat because tests showed samples contained pesticides … thought to play a role in causing birth defects, neurological harm, and some cancers if humans consume them in high quantities. … In the past, shipments of Norwegian whale meat have been found to be infested with bacteria and also to contain potentially dangerous levels of mercury.” (http://www.theguardian.com/environment/world-on-a-plate/2015/mar/23/japan-refuses-norways-toxic-whale-meat)
Despite their increasing scarcity, whaling is getting like shooting sick fish in a barrel.
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“Scientists on the Global Taskforce on Systemic Pesticides concluded that the widespread use of neonicotinoid pesticides is affecting earthworms, birds and bees and the quality of water and soils. … Bayer and Sygenta [sic] are suing the European Commission to lift its temporary ban on the three neonicotinoids. ‘The Commission must stand form against these bully-buy tactics.'” (http://www.theecologist.org/News/news_round_up/2790530/bees_victory_in_pesticide_battle_bayer_libel_action_dismissed.html)
This is worrying evidence that the toxic effect has already spread to humans.
European Commission sources say that a EU paper on hormone-mimicking, endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs) was buried by top EU officials under pressure from big chemical firms which use EDCs in toiletries, plastics and cosmetics.
“Scientific evidence … suggests that endocrine-disrupting effects, such as lowered sperm counts, genital malformations, non-descended testes and misplaced penis holes, are increasing.” (http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/feb/02/suppressed-eu-report-could-have-banned-pesticides-worth-billions)
The misplaced penis holes running the big chemical companies denied any such toxic behaviour.
“While acknowledging the importance of pollinators, the government’s response also importantly recognises the value to society of food production and the underpinning role pesticides play in that production.” (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-24024634)
The government itself seems to be suffering the disorienting and addictive effects of neonicotinoid ingestion.