That said, let us now look more closely at the study. First, look who it
was funded by: the Triodos Foundation’s Support Fund for Independent
Research on Bee Decline and Systemic Pesticides.
This funding source suggests that the funders had an expectation of what
they wanted the results to be, and also greatly limited the scope of the
"research" (actually consisting solely of statistical analysis of existing
data gathered by water monitoring entities).
The authors were not out to determine the causes of species decline, but
rather only looked to see whether imidacloprid appeared to have any
statistical correlation. The authors make this clear. The point being
that since imidacloprid is associated with bulb growing, one would expect
to find higher concentrations of it in bulb-growing areas (the southwest of
the Netherlands). However, in those same areas one would also expect to
see high concentrations of some of the other up to 600 different compounds
monitored, including insecticides, herbicides, surfactants, fertilizers,
etc. The study did not address the contribution by any of these other