Honeybees are vital for pollinating three-quarters of the world’s food crops, but its population has been declining rapidly. Field trials by pesticide manufacturers that are not on record show that their products (e.g. neonicotinoids, thiamethoxam, clothianidin) are very dangerous to bees.
After a freedom of information request, Syngenta and Bayer’s harmful bee research was submitted to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and obtained by Greenpeace. Some scientists believe that all research should be made public. Dave Goulson, a professor at the University of Sussex, comments on Syngenta and Bayer: “If someone had done this type of study and found harm at more realistic levels, the industry would have immediately dismissed it as a rubbish study because it was not what happens naturally to bees.” However, a spokesman for Bayer says: “The study [Bayer] conducted is an artificial feeding study that intentionally exaggerates the exposure potential because it is designed to calculate a ‘no-effect’ concentration for clothianidin” (chlothianidin is an insecticide).
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