Are any of the posters aware that the original CCD team and people like Randy Oliver have looked deeply into the Bayer systemic question and found little evidence that they have caused a widespread bees collapse or is the source of CCD?
While there are handful of scientists still looking at the Bayer chemicals in regards to honeybees, the initial wave of concern and research is over. This story is not very interesting really as the majority of crops that clothidian is used on are NOT visited by honeybees.
With that said yes it looks like the registration was botched and more work needs to be done. My point is if anyone thinks this is going to blow open some huge conspiracy and coverup by Bayer that results in a conclusion that BAyer is the source of all bee losses I think you're sadly mistaken. In fact Bayer has been very open and accessible and formed a round table of beekeepers and researchers that met a couple of times a year to go over concerns and develop further testing that beekeepers would like to see done. People like Randy Oiliver, Dave Mendes and Jerry Bromenscheck whom are widely respected are part of this round table.
Oh and btw how many beeks have or still use Checkmite? Its made by Bayer and thousands of beekeepers around the world willingly put it into there hives even though we do have a huge pile of research that shows that long term residues are extremely damaging to honeybees.
This pile of research about Checkmite is huge while there is nothing really about Clothidian finding its way into hives and attaining a level thats harmful to bees. The massive Maryam Frazier study of combs, honey and pollen from CCD hives found little to no Bayer chems in facts not even in the top 25 chemicals found in hives. Instead the top 5 chemicals found in CCD hives 4 of them are beekeeper applied chems and one of them is Bayers Checkmite.
But that never seems to elicit the same passionate postings like the speculative rants here on some supposed EPA missing document that implies a massive coverup blah blah blah.