Apr 11th, 2013
Bees: Mountain of Science
By Megan Bentall
Last week the Environmental Audit Committee reported that they too supported the stopping the use of the harmful pesticides blamed for killing bees. They called the environment minister Owen Paterson’s stance “extraordinarily complacent”.
The science is stacking up. Scientists across Europe have released so many studies showing the damage these pesticides cause our bees. In the shadow of this mountain of evidence, DEFRA’s single study pales in comparison.
Last month thousands of 38 Degrees members wrote to their MPs, asking them to talk to Owen and persuade him to vote to stop the pesticides being used.
Some MPs have been repeating DEFRA’s claim that more tests are needed before a decision can be made. However DEFRA themselves have admitted that their study so far “lacks statistical power“.
Below is the list of scientific reports from across the world showing these pesticides are harmful.
Sign the petition to protect our bees, and demand that the government stop these pesticides being used now. Let’s show Owen Paterson that he’s not only going against science, but he’s going against public opinion too.
EFSA – European Food Safety Authority
EFSA scientists have identified a number of risks posed to bees by three neonicotinoid insecticides
PesticideActionNetwork UK-s fact sheet
A series of fact sheets collected by PAN-UK rounding up multiple scientific studies
Journal of Experimental Biology
Exposure to multiple cholinergic pesticides impairs olfactory learning and memory in honeybees
Cholinergic pesticides cause mushroom body neuronal inactivation in honeybees
Bulletin of Insectology
In situ replication of honey bee colony collapse disorder
Japanese Journal of Clinical Ecology
Influence of dinotefuran and clothianidin on a bee colony