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  1. #1
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    Default Bayer CropScience & Syngenta Respond to European Commission Restrictions On Neonics

    SYNGENTA RESPONDS:
    http://www.syngentacropprotection.co...aspx?id=173516

    "The European proposal was made by politicians, not scientists. And
    the weight of scientific evidence shows no correlation between bee
    health and the use of neonicotinoids. For example, in Australia, where
    neonicotinoids are widely used, bees are thriving; yet in Switzerland,
    where there is little use of these products, bee health is generally
    poor.

    Unlike Europe, regulators in the United States and Canada make
    registration decisions based on a framework of sound science.
    The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) review, on which the
    proposal is based, was hurried, incomplete and failed to take
    into account years of field monitoring, mitigation efforts,
    real-life applications and sound scientific studies of
    neonicotinoids and their impact on bees and other pollinators.

    The real risks to bee health include many factors, principally the
    parasitic Varroa mite, viruses carried by mites, loss of suitable
    habitats and nutrition, the fungus Nosema ceranae and other
    diseases. Unusual weather conditions and hive management
    and other beekeeping practices also can affect bee health.

    Agriculture is our business. We know how essential healthy bee
    populations, and the pollination services they provide, are to a
    thriving agricultural system. And the science shows clearly that
    bees and other pollinators can coexist safely with modern
    agricultural technology, like neonicotinoids.

    Thiamethoxam and other neonicotinoid insecticides have been
    used safely around the world for many years. Restricting their
    use would do little to improve bee health, but could lead to
    devastating crop damage, reductions in yield and force farmers
    to go back to using older, less environmentally friendly insecticides."

    BAYER CROPSCIENCE RESPONDS:
    http://tinyurl.com/c98tv42

    "Commission’s plan will not have a positive impact on bee health"

    Monheim, April 29, 2013 – Bayer CropScience considers the decision
    by the Commission of the European Union to restrict the use of
    neonicotinoid-containing products across Europe as a set-back for
    technology, innovation and sustainability. In an Appeals Committee
    meeting today, only half of the EU Member States supported the
    Commission’s proposal for the restrictions. The company believes
    that the plan by the Commission will not have a positive impact on
    bee health.

    The company is concerned that the restriction of these neonicotinoids
    will result in crop yield losses, reduced food quality and loss of
    competitiveness for European agriculture. This will have a negative
    impact on farmers, R&D driven ag companies, the seed industry and
    the food value chain.

    As a science-based company, Bayer CropScience is disappointed that
    clear scientific evidence has taken a back-seat in the decision making
    process. This disproportionate decision is a missed opportunity to reach
    a solution that takes into consideration all of the existing product
    stewardship measures and broad stakeholder concerns. The further
    reduction of effective crop protection products will put at risk farmers’
    ability to tackle important pests that can severely restrict their ability
    to grow high-quality food.

    Bayer CropScience remains convinced that neonicotinoids are safe for
    bees, when used responsibly and properly, according to label
    instructions. The company will work together with all relevant
    stakeholders and authorities in the Member States to handle the
    complex consequences of this decision, to further support its customers."

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    Default Re: Bayer CropScience & Syngenta Respond to European Commission Restrictions On Neoni

    Quote Originally Posted by BlueDiamond View Post
    SYNGENTA RESPONDS:
    http://www.syngentacropprotection.co...aspx?id=173516

    "The European proposal was made by politicians, not scientists. And
    the weight of scientific evidence shows no correlation between bee
    health and the use of neonicotinoids
    . For example, in Australia, where
    neonicotinoids are widely used, bees are thriving
    ; yet in Switzerland,
    where there is little use of these products, bee health is generally
    poor.

    Unlike Europe, regulators in the United States and Canada make
    registration decisions based on a framework of sound science.

    The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) review, on which the
    proposal is based, was hurried, incomplete and failed to take
    into account years of field monitoring, mitigation efforts,
    real-life applications and sound scientific studies of
    neonicotinoids and their impact on bees and other pollinators.


    The real risks to bee health include many factors, principally the
    parasitic Varroa mite, viruses carried by mites, loss of suitable
    habitats and nutrition, the fungus Nosema ceranae and other
    diseases. Unusual weather conditions and hive management
    and other beekeeping practices also can affect bee health.

    Agriculture is our business. We know how essential healthy bee
    populations, and the pollination services they provide, are to a
    thriving agricultural system. And the science shows clearly that
    bees and other pollinators can coexist safely with modern
    agricultural technology, like neonicotinoids.

    Thiamethoxam and other neonicotinoid insecticides have been
    used safely around the world for many years.
    Restricting their
    use would do little to improve bee health,
    but could lead to
    devastating crop damage, reductions in yield and force farmers
    to go back to using older, less environmentally friendly insecticides."

    BAYER CROPSCIENCE RESPONDS:
    http://tinyurl.com/c98tv42

    "Commission’s plan will not have a positive impact on bee health"

    Monheim, April 29, 2013 – Bayer CropScience considers the decision
    by the Commission of the European Union to restrict the use of
    neonicotinoid-containing products across Europe as a set-back for
    technology, innovation and sustainability
    . In an Appeals Committee
    meeting today, only half of the EU Member States supported the
    Commission’s proposal for the restrictions
    . The company believes
    that the plan by the Commission will not have a positive impact on
    bee health.

    The company is concerned that the restriction of these neonicotinoids
    will result in crop yield losses,
    reduced food quality and loss of
    competitiveness for European agriculture. This will have a negative
    impact on farmers
    , R&D driven ag companies, the seed industry and
    the food value chain.

    As a science-based company, Bayer CropScience is disappointed that
    clear scientific evidence has taken a back-seat in the decision making
    process
    . This disproportionate decision is a missed opportunity to reach
    a solution that takes into consideration all of the existing product
    stewardship measures and broad stakeholder concerns. The further
    reduction of effective crop protection products will put at risk farmers’
    ability to tackle important pests that can severely restrict their ability
    to grow high-quality food.

    Bayer CropScience remains convinced that neonicotinoids are safe for
    bees
    , when used responsibly and properly, according to label
    instructions. The company will work together with all relevant
    stakeholders and authorities in the Member States to handle the
    complex consequences of this decision, to further support its customers."
    I have highlighted the outright lies in red; good job I was using electronic ink or I would have run out. In fact there are so many lies there, it would be better just to mark the entire text. This is expected; this is what you do if you have made $2billion a year selling poisons, and someone actually notices that these poisons are killing everything - and bans them.

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    Default Re: Bayer CropScience & Syngenta Respond to European Commission Restrictions On Neoni

    Only time will tell. It will be interesting to see where colony health is five years from now in the EU.

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    Default Re: Bayer CropScience & Syngenta Respond to European Commission Restrictions On Neoni

    Sadly a two year moratorium will not prove anything conclusive because neonics have been used in Europe since 1992 - 21 years. The pesticide persists in soil for up to 4 years - so the soild of most arable fields is hopelessly contaminated with insecticides which will be absorbed by 'untreated' seeds planted after the ban.

    Our department of AG. (DEFRA) recently wasted $millions on a bumblebee study which was a complete failiure, because the 'control' colonies turned out to be full of neonics when they were analysed: wax, pollen, bees.
    The conclusion was that nowhere in England is free of neonics, to the extent that bees can be placed there with confidence that they will NOT be affected.

    The situation in America is a hundred times worse.

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    Default Re: Bayer CropScience & Syngenta Respond to European Commission Restrictions On Neoni

    They will buy them out too in the end.

    Reminds me of a cartoon I once saw... "News Flash! Scientists have determined the exact date the Apocalypse will take place. Business world decides that's A-OK and should be embraced because of expected 1000% rise in profits."

    NM desert/mountain beekeeper - Black Mesa Honeybees.

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    Default Re: Bayer CropScience & Syngenta Respond to European Commission Restrictions On Neoni

    It's a hundred times worse here but yet our bees are not on the 'bring of extinction' as yours are. It's true, I saw it on an over sensationalized news clip someone posted.

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