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Anyone read Tom's article in the July 2010 issue of Bee Culture about Clothianidin made by the German Company BAYER? Clothianidin was banned in Germany in 2004. It was banned in France in 1999, was also ban in Italy and Slovenia. It is used on seed corn to fight root worm and is also used on Canola and Sunflower seed. The chemical stays in the plant after it emerges for the life of the plant. Kinda Scary if it is all true but it will be hard to prove that it is what is killing our bee's. He calls it the Deepwater Horizion in agriculture. Take a look and tell us what you think.
 

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Kinda Scary if it is all true but it will be hard to prove that it is what is killing our bee's.
Tom referenced the article in the Spring newsletter of the Indiana State Beekeepers written by Dr. Greg Hunt at Purdue. The fact that the Purdue bee yards were hit with a pesticide kill was in some ways fortuitous, since they had the resources to investigate.

It was also a hot topic of discussion at our summer meeting (held at Purdue). You're right about "hard to prove". Dr. Hunt is continuing to investigate, and isn't making a bunch of noise. His research budget is miniscule compared to Bayer, so it pays to be cautious before making any claims.
 

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{Tom referenced the article in the Spring newsletter of the Indiana State Beekeepers written by Dr. Greg Hunt at Purdue. The fact that the Purdue bee yards were hit with a pesticide kill was in some ways fortuitous, since they had the resources to investigate.

It was also a hot topic of discussion at our summer meeting (held at Purdue).}




Have they came up with any determination of whether Clothianidin is the culprut???????? Be interesting to find out what comes out of this.
 
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