Home / Opinion / Blog / Scientists reluctant to speak up on neonics Scientists reluctant to speak up on neonics Few Canadian toxicologists and environmental scientists are willing to speak up against claims that neonicotinoids kill bees and birds because they are often portrayed as "agents of evil" by the media and other scientists. To join the conversation, include @CdnAg in your tweet, add your thoughts in the comment section at the bottom of the page, or find this story posted on The Western Producer Facebook page. ADVERTISMENT Popular articles Alberta town recognizes groundbreaking inventor Will wheat board politics hinder industry… Feds must compensate for CWB assets New video: Seeder’s reach stretches 160 feet FNA reveals plans to buy control of CWB About the author Robert Arnason — Winnipeg bureau Also by this author Who is Carey Gillam?Canada’s defence of hunting, fishing,…USDA questions organic food import… ed This is not surprising. Just like in the case of the former CWB single desk debate, when the highly thinking vast majority use peer reviewed data to block a corporate, underhanded profit driven destructive “idiotic agenda” they will be labeled the ‘tin foil hat decoder crowd’ or full moon worshipers. It is not a wonder that most people or scientists as in this case are reluctant to step forward and stop the unnecessary carnage. It quite often does get remedied as the heavy lifting hero’s take the fight to the next level and eventually the battle is won as the quiet supporters slowly step back on the scales of justice and over centre the thing. Profit at all cost is nearly always the motivation for these things, wrapped up in a package of suspect math, verbs and adjectives with a proclaimed and deceitful big bow on top. Shame, shame. Ah…Ah…”We didn’t really know, but we can all agree that we should put profit first until we do” is the culprits ultimate defense. How would you finance the next debacle if you didn’t, right! nicmart Strangely, US honey production is up since 2009. http://usda.mannlib.cornell.edu/MannUsda/viewDocumentInfo.do?documentID=1191 RobertWager Every single government (from both sides of the Atlantic) scientist I have listened to in the past two years says the same thing. The science implicating neonics in bee issues is weak at best. richard Place yourself in a section of grassland at dusk in August and listen to the symphony of life celebrating another day….. The next evening find yourself in the middle of a section of canola and see if you can find the words to describe the silence of death that deafens your spirit……Now guess which piece of land has every pore of its vitality systemically infected with the hubris of modern agriculture? Denise The science is clear from the analysis of 800 peer reviewed studies released by the Task Force on Systemic Pesticides–a group of INDEPENDENT scientists, worldwide. They confirm that neonics are a key factor in bee declines and are harming beneficial organisms essential to the functional ecosystems and food production. Neonicotinoids are damaging soil microbes, butterfflies, bees, earthworms, reptiles, and birds. They are calling for immediate regulatory action to restrict neonicotinoids. The biotech corps and corporate food industries use their own version of “science”. Their main objective is to get their product out there in the market ,as fast as they can, and sell as much as they can before their house of cards falls down. Then it’s on to the next toxic brew. Dr. Ray Seidler, former senior scientist at the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) admitted that there 5 toxic chemicals in the blue- coated GM corn seed, used by farmers. It is toxic to everything except the pesticide-resistant crop. He can speak freely now, as does Dr. Thierry Vrain, former Head of Biotechnology at Agriculture Canada Summerland Research Station, about the dogma and status quo surrounding GMO technology. They no longer trust the system or the science. Check out: Task Force on Systemic Pesticides Norah G Fon NORAHG RESPONDS TO SCIENTISTS WHO WORRY ABOUT GETTING BEHEADED BY BEE CONSPIRACY TERRORISTS Bee conspiracy activists are COERCING, INTIMIDATING, and TERRORIZING legitimate and knowledgeable scientists ! Just like the so-called global warming issue, which has now been debunked. Overall, neonicotinoid insecticides do not harm bees. If bee conspiracy activists were not so scientifically illiterate, they would know that scientific research shows that, as reported through EPA’s and Health Canada’s vast toxicology database, no harm will occur to bees. The alleged losses of bees are, in fact, the fault of the bee-keepers and THEIR mis-management practices. They are responsible, and NOT neonicotinoid insecticides. Their prohibition will not save bees since harming bees with these insecticides is a MYTH ! Neonicotinoid insecticides cause NO harm, and DO NOT harm bees. Researchers have NOT identified a single cause of over-wintering honeybee losses. Moreover, researchers have NOT been able to identify a single cause of bee colony collapse disorder. Under normal field use of neonicotinoid insecticides, the exposure to bees is at very low levels, far too low to cause harmful effects. There is NO evidence to suggest a link between neonicotinoid insecticides and bee colony collapse disorder. Overall, so-called links and causes between bee colony collapse disorder and neonicotinoid insecticides are mere MYTHS ! The weight of the scientific evidence clearly shows that neonicotinoid insecticides DO NOT affect long-term colony health. Overall, neonicotinoid insecticides play a NEGLIGIBLE role compared to diseases, viruses and loss of habitat. Most experts agree that, in recent years, bee colony collapse disorder is the result of a combination of factors, including parasitic mites and diseases. Recent scientific research points toward a combination of parasitic mites ( specifically the varroa mite ) and pathogens ( such as nosema and viral diseases ) as main factors. Although some neonicotinoid insecticides are toxic to bees upon direct contact ( as are many insecticides ), they are used in a way that minimizes any direct exposure to bees, such as seed treatment. Seed treatment insecticides have been used for a decade with almost NO incidences of negative impacts on bees by minimizing potential exposures of non-target insects such as bees. Independent, long-term, controlled field tests have repeatedly shown NO effects on bee losses, weight gain, worker longevity, brood development, honey yield, and over-winter survival relative to bees in areas where treated seed was not used. If we had less conventional neonicotinoid use in the environment, we would still have bee colony collapse disorder, because many bee-keepers are NOT competent to manage their hives. Prohibition will not save bees. richard Thank you Norah…..I think its really important that credible scientists such as yourself step forward and unequivocally declare that neonicotinoids are safe for human consumption. People bearing the “truth” such as yourself are the only weapon that can finally bring to a close the assault on “civilization” that crazed environmentalists carry on each and every day…..Keep up the good work…..And I really like your picture!