AUSPOL | Time for this Petition to start up again! · Ban all Neonicotionoids (Neonics) use in Australia. · Change.org

In Australia, there are presently 37 registered NEONIC insecticides using IMIDACLOPRID and CLOTHIANIDIN. IMIDACLOPRID has been registered and in use since the mid 90’s. In the USA there are over 600 registered NEONIC products now. USA and Europe are two of the biggest markets for pesticides. According to regulations supplied by the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority [APVMA], IMIDACLOPRID and CLOTHIANIDIN are registered for use within bounds of product label, to control insects on a wide variety of plant life in Australia including: cotton, maize, sorghum, sunflower, sweet corn, sugarcane, canola, seed pastures and grasses such as rye grass, fescus and pharalaris, clovers such as subterranean, white, and strawberry, lucernes, stone fruit, potatoes, turnips, swedes, kales, capsicums, eggplants, tomatoes, apples, pears, cabbages, cucumbers, roses, bananas, eucalypt seedlings, turf, lawns and gardens.

These systemic insecticides are ‘Very Highly Toxic to Adult Bees’ and ‘among the most toxic of all insecticides to bees’. Studies on the adverse effect of sub-lethal doses on larval development have only just hit the world radar, and are not included in any statements or advice on pesticide labels.

As far as I have been able to find, there are no field test results on bee contamination/IMIDACLOPRID for public viewing in Australia. The APVMA has issued a recent change to labelling warning of high toxicity to bees. You can purchase NEONICS in Bunnings, Woolworths, Coles, the local hardware and Rural Co Operatives, Elders and Landmark, Cotton Seed Merchants, most other seed merchants and the like. Usage requires no licence. When asked about the amount of canola seed that was treated with GAUCHO at Landmark Tamworth, the Seed Merchant replied ‘Almost all of the canola seed is now being seed treated with GAUCHO {IMIDACLOPRID} and a fair bit of the pasture seed as well’. The employee was sympathetic and largely unaware of any potential danger to bees, I would like to think that farmers also would show concern, if they thought that they might be hurting your bees. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) of the USA, some of these NEONIC sprays have a half-life of up to nineteen years in heavy soils and are soluble in water.

It is fair to say that these systemic insecticides are very successful at reducing insect numbers, their use as a seed treatment also decreases the need for open spraying of the plant. Most if not all GMO crops are seed treated with NEONICS. In recent years the use of NEONICS has increased dramatically in Europe, the USA and Australia. NEONICS are now the widest used insecticides ever. A product developed by the German Company Bayer, IMIDACLOPRID was Bayer’s largest selling chemical in 2009, but it was suspended in Germany when a Beekeeper accidently received a misting (due, I understand, to negligent application).

Source: The Australiasian Beekeeper.com.au

Source: Petition · Ban all Neonicotionoids (Neonics) use in Australia. · Change.org

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