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Posted by schacker on June 20, 2008

LAWSUIT! Bayers Clothianidin (Tradename Poncho): Lawsuit seeks EPA pesticide, Date: Tuesday, August 19, 2008, 7:53 AM
Click here to Read the Report on the lawsuit!

Subject: Germany Bans Neonicotinoids, Poncho and Gaucho!
Read the news article: and
Subject: Green Peace publishes report on “Dirty Portfolios of Pesticides Companies”, June 18th, 2008
Cheers to the Brits for demanding action on pesticides and Colony Collapse Disorder!

BEE Consciousness — What is it like to be a bee? Scientific American article

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Michael Schacker

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5 Responses to “Plan Bee News”

  1. schacker said

    Neurotoxic Insecticide Disaster in Philippines

    From: CBGnetwork
    Subject: Bayer´s Endosulfan: Greenpeace outraged over illegal cargo in capsized vessel
    Date: Friday, June 27, 2008, 6:54 AM

    June 27, 2008 | GMA News (Philippines)

    Greenpeace outraged over illegal cargo in capsized vessel

    MANILA – Greenpeace on Friday night expressed outrage regarding the discovery of an illegal shipment of the super-toxic pesticide, Endosulfan, in the hold of the ill-fated MV Princess of Stars, which capsized with 865 passengers and crew on board during Typhoon Fengshen last week. The highly toxic cargo was destined for the pineapple farms of multinational corporation Del Monte.
    Endosulfan, a neuro-toxic organochlorine insecticide, manufactured by Bayer Crop Science has been banned in the Philippines since 1994.

    Endosulfan is highly toxic and persistent. Studies indicate that it endangers the health and wellbeing of children, farm workers, and those living proximate to affected areas. Poisoning symptoms include headaches, nausea, vomiting, seizures, and in extreme cases, unconsciousness and even death. It is a suspected endocrine disruptor, with low dose exposure while in the womb being linked to autism, male reproductive harm, and birth defects.

    “It is outrageous that a shipment of a highly toxic substance was allowed on board a passenger vessel. We demand that Del Monte and the Fertilizer and Pesticide Authority be made fully accountable for this unfolding chemical disaster, the former for continuing the use of such highly toxic chemical and the latter for allowing multinational companies to use them despite the national prohibition and the scientific evidence of their toxicity,” said Beau Baconguis, Greenpeace Campaign Manager.

    “This pesticide has also been found to be highly toxic to birds, fish and other aquatic organisms. This is the reason why the Philippines has severe restrictions on the use of Endosulfan especially near or around bodies of water. The M/V Princess of the Stars disaster has now exposed that a multinational corporation like Del Monte is using tons of banned pesticides on their pineapples meant for export. That it took a tragic disaster to expose another ongoing disaster is infuriating,” she added.

    Endosulfan is being considered for global elimination under the United Nations Convention on Persistent Organic Polllutants (Stockholm Convention) to which the Philippines is a signatory.

    More about Endosulfan

    –We’ve got ban all neurotoxic insecticides world-wide and we MUST enforce laws that are already in place. Going organic is the answer and it is not that difficult to do, especially when you consider the consequences of not going organic.

  2. Dear Barbara and Michael,

    we´ve been working on the relation of bee deaths and neonicotinoids for more than ten years and therefore we are interested in “A Spring Without Bees”. Maybe we can bring an excerpt of the book, or certain chapters onto our website.

    Germany is the homecountry of Bayer, the inventor of neonicotinoids, so it might be interesting to publish your results over here.

    Can you send us the chapters related to imidacloprid/clothianidin as doc- or pdf-files? Maybe we can even translate parts of the book into German.

    With Regards,

    Philipp Mimkes
    Coalition against BAYER Dangers (Germany)

  3. Amy Alexander said

    We had hoped that the Colony Collapse Disorder story told in “A Spring without Bees” would be a relic of a long-extinct problem, but unfortunately, colonies are still collapsing, bees are still dying, and the future for many hives is questionable for Spring 2009, according to Tom Theobald of the Niwot Honey Farm in Niwot, CO.

    The future of our food supply is questionable, too, so why doesn’t the USDA step in and give the beekeepers the aid that was promised to them? And even more important, why are we poisoning ourselves?

    • schacker said

      Very little has been done in this country since the book was published to stop CCD and ban neurotoxic pesticides and will be no surprise when next spring rolls around and the problem is worse than ever. It took Germany 10 years to ban neonicotinoids. I invite you to sign up on the main page for Plan BEE and get connected to our mailing list telling of future events and forums on saving the bees. The link to sign up is on

      — Barbara

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