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Mass death of bees in Germany:Pesticide approvals suspended

Posted by seumasach on May 26, 2008

There is an obvious ommission in this article: it fails to point out that the ban on these pesticicdes in France has not stopped the mass death of bees.

The cause of mass bee deaths has been established: pesticide products from chemical companies Bayer and Syngenta. They have been removed from sale in Germany. We should now pressure Bayer and regulators to remove them from sale elsewhere…
Press Release, May 21, 2008 
Coalition against BAYER Dangers (Germany) 
{Posted on the UKIMC)   

Mass death of bees in Germany: Pesticide approvals suspended (PORTLAND INDYMEDIA)

“Bayer must withdraw Gaucho and Poncho from the market worldwide” 

The German Office for Consumer Protection and Food Safety (BVL) has ordered the immediate suspension of the approval for eight seed treatment products due to the mass death of bees in Germany’s Baden-Wuerttemberg state. The suspended products are: Antarc (ingredient: imidacloprid; produced by Bayer), Chinook (imidacloprid; Bayer), Cruiser (thiamethoxam; Syngenta), Elado (clothianidin; Bayer), Faibel (imidacloprid; Bayer), Mesurol (methiocarb; Bayer) and Poncho (clothianidin; Bayer). According to the German Research Centre for Cultivated Plants 29 out of 30 dead bees it had examined had been killed by contact with clothianidin. Also wild bees and other insects are suffering from a significant loss of population. 

“We have been pointing on the risks of neonicotinoids such as imidacloprid and clothianidin for almost ten years now. With an annual turn-over of nearly 800 million Euro (1.25 billion US dollar) imidacloprid and clothianidin are among Bayer´s most important products. This is the reason why Bayer, despite serious environmental damage, is fighting against any application prohibitions”, says Philipp Mimkes, speaker of the Coalition against BAYER-dangers. The Coalition demands that Bayer withdraw all neonicotinoids from the market worldwide. 

Bayer is the world market leader for pesticides. With sales of 556 million Euro in 2007, imidacloprid is Bayer´s best selling pesticide product. In Germany imidacloprid is used under the brand names Gaucho, Antarc and Chinook, primarily during the cultivation of rape, sugar-beet and corn. 

“It’s a real bee emergency”, said Manfred Hederer, president of the German Professional Beekeeper’s Association. “Fifty to 60 percent of the bees have died on average, and some beekeepers have lost all their hives.” Beekeepers and agricultural officials in Italy, France and Holland all noticed similar phenomena in their fields when planting began a few weeks ago. 

In France most applications of imidacloprid were already banned in 1999. In 2003 the Comité Scientifique et Technique, convened by the French government, declared that the treatment of seeds with imidacloprid produces a significant risk for bees. Only a few months ago Bayer´s application for clothianidin was rejected by French authorities. 

Clothianidin is a non-selective poison. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s fact sheet ‘clothianidin is highly toxic to honey bees.’ Seeds are treated with clothianidin in advance or sprayed with it while in the field, and the insecticide can also be blown onto other crops. The chemical is often sprayed on corn fields during the spring planting to create a protective film on cornfields. 

See also: 

* Press Release of the Research Centre for Cultivated Plants (German):

* Protection of Bees: Open Letter to EU Commissioner of Health 

* Bee-keepers and environmental groups demand prohibition of 
pesticide “Gaucho” 

* French Institutes Finds Imidaproclid Turning Up in Wide Range of Crops 
2003 report from the “Comité Scientifique et Technique de l’Etude 
Multifactorielle des Troubles des Abeilles” 

Coalition against BAYER Dangers 

Tel: (+49) 211-333 911 Fax: (+49) 211-333 940 
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Advisory Board 
Prof. Juergen Junginger, designer, Krefeld, 
Prof. Dr. Juergen Rochlitz, chemist, former member of the Bundestag, 
Wolfram Esche, attorney, Cologne 
Dr. Sigrid Müller, pharmacologist, Bremen 
Eva Bulling-Schroeter, member of the Bundestag, Berlin 
Prof. Dr. Anton Schneider, biologist, Neubeuern 
Dorothee Sölle, theologian, Hamburg (died 2003) 
Dr. Janis Schmelzer, historian, Berlin 
Dr. Erika Abczynski, pediatrician, Dormagen 

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