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Pesticide Dew - Exposure route for bees

Humans aren't the only ones whose drinking water has been contaminated by pesticides: in Europe, a new study finds that the insects already on the frontlines in the battle against toxic pesticides are consuming lethal doses of neonicitinoid pesticides in the droplets of dew they drink. Plants emit guttation droplets -- a source of morning dew -- as part of their respiration process. These droplets of water are a favorite source of moisture and nutrients for bees to drink from after leaving the hive in the morning. Germans scientists have found that seeds treated with neonicitinoid pesticides such as imidacloprid (Gaucho) and clothianidin (Poncho) show contaminated guttation droplets for as long as two months after germination. The study, which looked at corn, barley and canola plants, showed levels were highest during the ten days after germination -- as high as 100 parts per million (ppm). Two weeks after germination, levels were closer to 10 ppm. Levels of imidacloprid in the pollen of plants treated with commercial levels of the pesticide averaged around 3.4 ppm - 1,000 times lower than the levels found in the guttation droplets. Imidacloprid has been shown to affect bees with as little as 0.1 nanogram. A range of serious effects has been documented in the 1-20 nanogram per bee level. This means that a bee drinking a small fraction of a guttation droplet with 100 ppm of imidacloprid would be consuming a potentially fatal dose. The study's authors say that in light of their findings, strong and rapid action is needed to protect bee populations.
The stakes are just too high


Faced with science linking atrazine to birth defects, Syngenta is glib. Tell Syngenta that these are serious matters.


April - June is atrazine season.
It's also birth defect season. Children conceived during this three-month period have a higher chance of being born with a serious birth defect like spina bifada, cleft palate or Down Syndrome.
Birth defect rates have been steadily on the rise in the U.S. for the last two decades. When faced with evidence linking birth defects to in utero atrazine exposure during the spring planting season, Syngenta's chief scientist responded by positing that "rainfall, lightning strikes and tornadoes" might just as well be the cause.
Raise your voice» These are serious matters. And apparently, Syngenta needs to be reminded of this fact -- you can do that with a letter to the editor. Statistically significant correlation does not determine causation, but neither is a 3% increase in serious birth defects something with which to play politics or hone talking points
Last week, Syngenta issued another statement indicating a stunning lack of seriousness: "Earth Day is a good time to recognize the vital role the herbicide atrazine plays in protecting the environment and promoting responsible land stewardship." Atrazine is the single most common chemical water contaminant in the country and Syngenta is greenwashing.
Serious problems require serious responses» PAN doesn't have a PR budget, but we do have 25,000 supporters like you and we are asking you to help us fight back. Local papers around the country need to know that Syngenta's corporate rhetoric is an unacceptable response.

Syngenta is the world's largest pesticide corporation. They sell and defend atrazine around the world despite the fact that it's illegal in their home country. We can use the press to call them out because we are the court of public opinion.



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I just hope the rest of the world wakes up to what the forces of darkness are up to, before it's too late..........
 

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Yes I agree, but apart from minor groups there is no big buddy that can shout loud enough to bring to the attention of us to what these licenced murderers are getting up to. I really feel ill equipped to try to stop this happening. All the governments involved in allowing these chemicals to be used should for once listen to the silent majority.
 

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I just hope the rest of the world wakes up to what the forces of darkness are up to, before it's too late..........
Keep looking over your shoulder Brossy :ack2:, at least two of my 6 granddaughters are GOTHS LOL

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I'm cool with that......... unless they work for the likes of Syngenta or Monsanto......:coolgleamA:
 

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Thanks for that information Bcrazy. It's the most depressing but interesting fact I've read for a while.
I have been watching bees drinking from those very droplets on my veg patch this morning and feel thankful I don't use insecticides.Shame many of the farming community don't feel the same way.
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Where's the guy on the grassy knoll when you need him?
 

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Syngenta's atrazine science debunked
In 2008 a group of scientists associated with Syngenta published a review of atrazine's effects on aquatic animals which concluded that, "Based on a weight of evidence analysis of all of the data, the central theory that environmentally relevant concentrations of atrazine affect reproduction and/or reproductive development in fish, amphibians, and reptiles is not supported by the vast majority of observations." However, in early 2010 independent scientists from the University of South Florida (USF) published an article drawing very different conclusions. A new paper by the USF team investigates the discrepancy, finding that the Syngenta-sponsored review is systematically biased and factually incorrect. (Syngenta is the main producer and defender of atrazine.) The USF scientists meticulously document (PDF) 122 "inaccuracies" and twenty-two "misleading statements" in the review. All of the misleading statements and 117 of the inaccuracies favor Syngenta, downplaying atrazine's harms. In addition, the Syngenta paper "criticize[d] or cast doubts on the validity" of 94% of the studies that found adverse effects, versus only 3% of those studies that didn't.

According to Science News, the USF scientists were motivated to take a second look at the Syngenta-sponsored science after discovering that some of their own work had been mischaracterized in it. Coauthor Jason Rohr told PhysOrg.com: "The goal of the paper was to educate scientists, natural resource managers, policymakers and judicial officials on the potential impacts of conflicts of interests, and how to identify and reduce them." The paper makes several recommendations for reducing the deleterious effects of conflicts of interest, including that "No chemical should be approved for sale or use without toxicity testing, and federal approval to sell a product should not be based on product safety research conducted by the producing or affiliated companies. Companies should be required to provide funds to the regulatory agency to study the safety of its product." Under current systems, chemical companies conduct health and safety studies on their own products.

In related news, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) released new analysis of the water monitoring study that EPA required Syngenta to undertake as a condition of allowing atrazine to stay on the market. NDRC's new report looks at recent data, finding that "of the 153 water systems that were sampled between 2005 and 2008, 100 ... had spikes of atrazine in their untreated water that exceeded [the federal standard] of 3 ppb. Two-thirds of these 100 systems had spikes of atrazine greater than 3 ppb in the treated water."

shareMORE Report: The Syngenta Corporation & Atrazine (PDF) |

at least someone somewhere is acting.
 

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being a bit of a cynic on this subject, their "dirty tricks" department will be in full swing - brown envelopes, "incentivisations", those involved in the new trials will suddenly find funding withdrawn, their other work discredited, straight threats made*.......... It's been going on for years, they have governments in their pockets, do you think a little thing like an honest damning report will stop them?:puke:

*for years they kept hiding the evils of organophosphates until the body count got so enormous, even they couldn't hush it up any more (with the complete collusion of the Min of Ag and Fish who forced farmers to dip their sheep in the damn stuff for ages after the dangers were known..........)
 

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