Re: What to ask "monsanto foundation rep"
May be too late for a question addition. One thing that bothers me about trials in testing the pollinator safety of pesticides is that they simply feed an adult bee the active ingredient and find an LD50. They compare this amount to the amount that the bee will likely encounter in the field. No research ever seems to be done on the actual end product including adjuvants, and how those field levels will affect a hive or brood once brought back to a colony. I'd like to know if Monsanto has plans to research new or even existing products in this way, by attempting to find effects of field levels of the entire product, not just the active ingredient, on brood and a colony as a whole, not just on individual foragers. If the rep doesn't know, may he/she could get back to you, and if the answer is no, could the rep take this suggestion back to the company.
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