CFACT Senior Policy Advisor Paul Driessen calls out Duke University, the American Academy for the Advancement of Science, and the British Center for Ecology and Hydrology for falsifying or fabricating data, ignoring critical data (and thus cherry-picking data for the "right" result), and other egregious sins -- with a special emphasis on how these and other institutions conspired to make neonicotinoid pesticides into bee killers rather than bee life savers (which they often are).
Since the election the Obama Administration has been pumping out regulations as fast as it can.
As stubborn facts ruin their narrative that neonicotinoid pesticides are causing a honeybee-pocalypse, environmental pressure groups are shifting to new scares to justify their demands for “neonic” bans. Honeybee populations and colony numbers in the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, and elsewhere are growing. It is also becoming increasingly clear that the actual cause of bee die-offs and “colony collapse disorders” is not neonics, but a toxic mix of predatory mites, stomach fungi, other microscopic pests, and assorted chemicals employed by beekeepers trying to control the beehive infestations. Naturally, anti-pesticide activists have seized on a recent study purporting to show that [...]
Actual field studies of bee populations in association with extensive neonicotinoid use in canola and corn production in Canada and elsewhere show no observable adverse effects on honeybee colonies.
Prodded by attorneys, beekeepers in Canada's Ontario Province have filed a lawsuit against pesticide manufacturers, claiming that neonicotinoids are killing their hives. But beekeepers in western Canadian provinces are seeking to opt out of the lawsuit, but the Siskinds law firm is not cooperating with their requests. Should the beekeepers lose in court, they will be obligated to pay court costs and perhaps damages. Perhaps they will have to file their own lawsuit against the plaintiffs.
In every way possible the Greens continue to attack the nation’s and the world’s food supply. The result will harm people with no meaningful benefit to the environment. The EPA’s pesticide bans are not about protecting health or the environment, but about advancing Green ideology. Their insidious effect will be to increase sickness from an ancient enemy of mankind -- insect and rodent pests.
It is time for U.S. and Canadian regulators to "bee" smart -- and ignore calls for copying the EU and banning neonicotinoids. While it is true that harvesting the nation's almond crop puts stress on bee colonies and exposes them to parasites and diseases,
Major losses in beehives year after year make it hard for beekeepers to turn a profit, and many have left the industry. “We can replace the bees, but we can’t replace beekeepers with 40 years of experience,” says Tim Tucker, vice president of the American Beekeeping Federation. But all these are different issues from whether bees are dying off in unprecedented numbers, and what is causing the losses.
Activists aren’t asking for investigation into these problems – which calls their science, sincerity and integrity into question. Their track record on DDT and malaria underscores this modus operandi. The activists get money, publicity, power and phony solutions – and end up hurting the very things (bees and people) they profess to care so much about.