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Sign this petition to take neonics off the market

Posted by schacker on February 5, 2013

New evidence shows neonics to be harmful to humans, especially the developing brain.  Let’s save our children and the bees!

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Please sign petition to ban neonicotinoid pesticides!

Posted by schacker on October 19, 2010

The Petition Site now has a petition that you can signto ban IMD and other neonicotinoid pesticides in your state or in the U.S. Please comment that we need to ban its use in GMO crop seeds that are engineered to have the pesticide right in the seed (including the Bt) and all methods of application and for all uses including flea collars, flea sprays, termite sprays and home and building  insect exterminator applications.  Also please refer to Michael Schacker’s book, “A Spring Without Bees”.  No other book has been as clear about this or has given as much documentation to prove the link between pesticides and massive bee die off and no other book explains organic practices as the real answer to the problem.  If you have trouble finding where to sign the petition go to: 

Posted by Barbara Dean Schacker for Michael

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New Dutch Study Links IMD to massive honey bee disappearance

Posted by schacker on August 8, 2010

Press Release, August 2, 2010
Coalition against Bayer Dangers (Germany)

Imidacloprid: Long-term risks undervalued

Best-selling pesticide worldwide / New study published in Toxicology / Substance linked with bee deaths in various countries / Ban demanded

For many years environmental groups and beekeepers´ organizations have been pushing for a ban on neonicotinoid pesticides which are linked to bee decline across the world. In a recent study, The toxicity of neonicotinoid insecticides to arthropods is reinforced by exposure time, the Dutch toxicologist Henk Tennekes demonstrates that the long-term risks associated with the insecticides imidacloprid and thiacloprid are far greater than hitherto thought. This could actually explain worldwide bee decline. The study was published on the 23rd of July in the journal Toxicology (online).

Dr. Henk Tennekes on his results: “The risks of the neonicotinoid insecticides imidacloprid and thiacloprid to arthropods in water and soil may be seriously underestimated. The acceptable limits are based mainly on short-term tests. If long-term studies were to be carried out, far lower concentrations may turn out to be hazardous. This explains why minute quantities of imidacloprid may induce bee decline in the long run.” Because of their high persistence significant quantities of neonicotinoids may remain in the soil for several years. Consequently, untreated plants growing on soil previously exposed to imidacloprid may take up the substance via their roots and become hazardous for bees.

Henk Tennekes is also concerned about the high level of surface water contamination with relatively stable agrochemicals. The Dutch water boards have detected imidacloprid levels of up to 320 microgram per liter (µg/l). The European Plant Protection Products Directive (91/414/EEC) requires that there is not an unacceptable impact on non-target organisms in the aquatic and terrestrial environment and that the annual average concentration of an active substance or relevant metabolite does not exceed 0.1 microgram per liter in any ground water.

Imidacloprid is the most widely used insecticide in the world and Bayer´s best-selling pesticide (2009 sales: €606 million). The substance is often used as seed-dressing, especially for maize, sunflower and rapeseed. The beginning of the marketing of imidacloprid coincided with the occurrence of large bee deaths, first in France, later on also in many other European countries, Canada, the US and Brazil.

After huge bee mortality in Germany in 2008 which was shown to be caused by neonicotinoid pesticides the Coalition against Bayer Dangers accused the Bayer management of downplaying the risks of imidacloprid, submitting deficient studies to authorities and thereby accepting huge losses of honey bees in many parts of the world. At the same time, German authorities imposed a ban on the use of imidacloprid and its successor product, clothianidin, on maize. Italy and Slovenia imposed a similar ban.

In France imidacloprid has been banned as a seed dressing for sunflowers (since 1999) and maize (since 2004). In 2003 the Comité Scientifique et Technique, convened by the French government, declared that the treatment of seeds with imidacloprid leads to “significant risks for bees”. The consumption of contaminated pollen can cause an increased mortality of care-taking-bees. When individual bees were exposed to sublethal doses their foraging activity decreased and they became disorientated, which researchers concluded “can in the course of time damage the entire colony”. Clothianidin was never approved in France.

we gladly send you a copy of the study

contact Dr. Henk Tennekes:, Tel. +31 575 545500

more information:

Bulletin of Insectology (2010): The puzzle of honey bee losses
Open Letter to the European Union
Campaign for total ban of neonicotinoid pesticides
Charge against Bayer Board introduced
Coalition against BAYER Dangers (Germany)
Fax: (+49) 211-333 940 Tel: (+49) 211-333 911

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Alternatives and Solutions

Posted by schacker on December 7, 2009

Though there are many solutions and alternatives given in the book, here are some new web sites you might find helpful. Please post comments with your solutions and alternatives or links to helpful web sites here!

Wild wasp-like pollinator on daisy photo by Barbara Dean Schacker

Wild pollinators need protection too

Organic Lawn and Garden Pest Control
Helpful page from East Texas Landscaping Ways to deter ticks are also noted on this page.

Alternatives to Fipronil-based flea and tick solutions for pets
Solutions from Fipronil is a neonicotinoid discussed in the book, A Spring Without Bees. It is dangerous to humans, especially young children and unborn children.

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Another Spring Without Bees

Posted by schacker on April 24, 2009

The new paperback edition of “A Spring Without Bees” is coming out in early May. It has a different cover–a little more to the point maybe than the hardcover one.

A Spring Without Bees, paperback edition As not enough has been done to stop the use of neonicotinic pesticides like IMD and clothianidin as well as implementing natural solutions to deal with other causes and all other factors of honeybee die-off, it looks like another “Spring Without Bees”.

We have so much work to do this year!

California and the west coast are reporting heavy losses. In addition, the UK is having a huge problem with CCD. However, the Northeast United States is reporting fewer hive losses this spring than expected. We are located in Willow, New York and worked hard to build a network in our region and get the information out last year. Is this because of the book and the work we did in the Northeast last year? It is hard to say for sure, but we think so!

We have several regional events coming up in May to celebrate the paperback edition. Sign up for our email list if you would like to get the newsletter and calendar of events. I can also send you a beautiful flyer to post in bookstores or libraries if you ask for it. We hope you’ll take a vacation to the Catskills and come to one of these events. Michael Schacker has recovered enough to make short trips and might be able to attend some of the events. We would love to meet you!

This is going to be a critical year for saving the bees. We must reach out to all areas of the world and send messages to beekeepers, libraries, bookstores, agricultural departments, university research projects and the government at all levels. We’ve got to get the word out. One of the best ways to do that is to make sure the paperback edition of “A Spring Without Bees” is a success this year! For those interested, free review copies are available from the publisher. Contact: Bob Sembiante at 203-458-4555 These are for anyone wanting to write an article or review or do some other kind of project about the book.

Thanks for all your hard work and support everyone!
–Barbara, PlanBEECentral April 2009

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Michael Schacker U-Tube videos

Posted by schacker on July 17, 2008

Michael Schacker speaks about colony collapse disorder, bee gardens and saving the world’s food supply.

To view more videos, click on the active link below.

You Tube Videos

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Plan Bee News

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

Help us keep up with the news! Use the comment function below to post links to news stories about the bees, pesticides and related topics.

Michael Schacker

Michael Schacker

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Reviews of “A Spring Without Bees”

Posted by schacker on June 4, 2008

Good review here–

The New Yorker’s Book Bench blog site

Thanks to Holly Rubino, Michael’s editor, who sent me it to me. –Barbara Schacker

New Heaven New Earth Review

Please feel free to click on comments and leave a link to new reviews as you find them!

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Get your waggle dance instructions!

Posted by schacker on June 3, 2008

Plan Bee Special Report will give you an idea how you can be part of Plan Bee.   This report gives the major concerns and courses of action highlighted in Plan BeeChapter Fifteen of A Spring Without Bees.  Whether it’s a simple action like getting rid of your toxic lawn chemicals and using organic lawn practices or petitioning the government to change, everyone will find out they can do something.

 In addition, you will find out why reading the book can make you an expert “Bee Saver”.  


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Plant a BEE Tree!

Posted by schacker on May 12, 2008

Linden TreeWe call the Linden Tree the “bee tree” because bees love the fragrant nectar from these large shade trees. Honey bees and wild bees prefer the Linden flowers, so having one in your yard might draw the bees away from polluted nectar sources. You can buy one from The Arbor Day Foundation and the National Tree Trust. The Linden tree you can purchase from them is quite affordable. While you’re at it, get a membership and get 10 flowering trees free! You can feed the bees with these as well.

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