May 17, 2012
anonymously from an alleged agricultural industry
For several years now there has been a dramatic loss of bees in
Europe and North America.
As many as 50% to 90% of the bee
populations have simply vanished. This is a big deal.
Bees are a keystone species - they are vital to the food chain on
our planet. An international study of 115 food crops grown in over
200 countries showed that 75% of crops are pollinated by animals,
especially by bees.
At first it was believed that only honeybees were affected, but then
bumblebee populations began to decline.
The crisis was eventually given a name:
Colony Collapse Disorder or
CCD is Not a
There were initially several theories about the cause of CCDE,
However, it has now been proven that the
bee deaths are actually the result of poisoning from two known
imidacloprid - manufactured by
The trade name for clothianidin is
The trade names for imidacloprid
Why are They
One of our most important crops is corn.
But corn has an enemy called
diabrotica virgifera vergifera
- also known as the “root worm.” It burrows into the roots of the
corn plant and causes the plant to wither and eventually die.
Major infestations can wipe-out entire crops.
As bad as it sounds, the root worm
problem can actually be addressed quite easily with the practice of
The larvae must feed on corn roots to
survive and cannot travel more than 10 to 20 inches if hatched in a
field rotated out of corn. However, rotating a field out of corn can
result in lower farm profitability if there is less demand for the
So in 2003, Bayer Pharmaceutical introduced two
pesticides, classified as
neonicotinoids, to combat root
worms and capitalize on increased farm profits. These pesticides are now two of Bayer’s
top agricultural products - even though profits are at the expense
of a keystone species.
Corn seed is coated with Bayer’s pesticides by means of an adhesive
developed by another industry giant:
Despite studies which
showed these pesticides are highly toxic to bees, their use was
justified with the reasoning that the corn seed to which they were
applied would be buried in the soil where it would presumably be
harmless to other creatures. This was a grave mistake.
The first clue that Colony Collapse Disorder was the result
of poisoning, similar to the DDT bird kill-off decades ago, was when
clothianidin was used on corn crops in Germany’s state of
Baden-Wurttemberg. In July of 2007, the German crop was infested
with root worms.
The German government ordered that every possible method should be
used to eradicate this pest, including the use of neonicotinoids.
Shortly after the seeds were planted, in May of 2008, some
330-million bees abruptly died. The global phenomenon has continued
to this day, resulting in millions of dead colonies… billions of
An investigation revealed that the seed coating did not stay in the
soil but was introduced to the air (and the rest of the plant) by
simple abrasion - the rubbing together of seeds - as they are
stored, moved and planted.
The German government quickly banned
this pesticide, gave compensation to the farmers and issued a strong
warning against using this chemical in agriculture.
According to the German Federal
“It can unequivocally be concluded
that poisoning of the bees is due to the rub-off of the
pesticide ingredient clothianidin from corn seeds.”
According to the German Research Center
for Cultivated Plants, 29 out of 30 dead bees had been killed, in
the 2008 study, by direct contact with clothianidin.
Philipp Mimkes, spokesman for the
German-based Coalition Against Bayer Dangers, said:
“We have been pointing out the risks
of neonicotinoids for almost 10 years now. This proves without a
doubt that the chemicals can come into contact with bees and
kill them. These pesticides shouldn’t be on the market.”
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (May 30,
“Clothianidin has the potential for
toxic chronic exposure to honey bees, as well as other
non-target pollinators, through the translocation of
clothianidin residue in nectar and pollen.”
“The fate and disposition of
clothianidin in the environment suggest a compound that is
asystemic insecticide that is persistent and mobile, stable to
hydrolysis, and has potential to leach to ground water, as well
as runoff to surface waters.”
“Clothianidin is highly toxic to
honey bees on an acute contact basis (killing 50% of tested
populations at greater than 389 mg/kg). It has the potential for
toxic chronic exposure to honey bees, as well as other
non-target pollinators, through the translocation of
clothianidin residues in nectar and pollen.
In honey bees, the
effects of this toxic chronic exposure may include lethal and/or
sub-lethal effects in the larvae and reproductive effects in the
Bees can be exposed in two primary ways:
through nectar from plants and through high-fructose corn syrup
beekeepers use to feed their bees.
Since most U.S.-grown corn has been
treated with imidacloprid, it’s also found in corn syrup.
The tragedy in Germany and France showed that bees exposed to
clothianidin also infected bee colonies that were not harvesting
corn pollen, thus spreading the toxin to regions some distance from
cultivating corn plants. It is believed that affected bees could
have become disoriented and mingled with bees from other colonies or
contaminated the pollen of plants where other bee colonies were also
There is also evidence that imidacloprid can produce colony collapse
at levels far below those used in agriculture. In the summer of
2010, researchers conducted an in situ study in Worcester County,
Massachusetts aimed at replicating how imidacloprid may have caused
the CCD outbreak.
Over a 23-week period, they monitored
bees in four different bee yards; each yard had four hives treated
with different levels of imidacloprid and one control hive.
After 12 weeks of imidacloprid dosing, all the bees were alive. But
after 23 weeks, 15 out of 16 of the imidacloprid-treated hives - 94%
had died. Those exposed to the highest levels of the pesticide died
The characteristics of the dead hives were consistent with CCD; the
hives were empty except for food stores, some pollen, and young
bees, with few dead bees nearby.
When other conditions cause hive
collapse, such as disease or pests, many dead bees are typically
found inside and outside the affected hives.
Strikingly, it took only low levels of
imidacloprid to cause hive collapse - less than what is typically
used in crops or in areas where bees forage.
Result in Bee Colony Collapse
The tobacco industry once touted that smoking a few cigarettes
doesn’t give a person lung cancer, which is arguably true.
Though today, nobody is fooled by this
kind of double-speak regarding tobacco. Likewise, Bayer is quick to
claim that feeding bees a specific amount of neonicotinoids, doesn’t
kill the bees. This is more double-speak.
While trace amounts of neonicotinoids may not kill bees outright,
they do interfere with the ability of bees to navigate to and from
This is exactly what beekeepers and
farmers have been reporting: half empty or abandoned hives with no
dead bodies to be found anywhere. It has also been noted that the
empty colonies are absent the usual parasitic bugs that typically
take advantage of an abandoned hive. The colonies appear sterile.
The pollen that they do manage to bring
back to the hive is then further concentrated and exposed to the
entire colony, causing suppression of their immune systems and
subsequent infection by any number of parasites and pathogens.
against Bayer pesticides on behalf of bees
April 21st, 2007 at
the Bayer headquarters in Brussels.
Billions of bees have
died each year since Bayer
introduced Gaucho and
Poncho pesticides to the market.
The poster reads:
’Gaucho Bayer, only kills if one uses it.’
What Has Bayer
Done About It?
According to the Bayer website, they addressed the issue at
Baden-Wurttemberg by holding,
“intensive discussions within the
seed industry to develop measures for maintaining and monitoring
the quality of seed coatings.”
“second major step” was the
“technical optimization of pneumatic sewing machines.”
In other words: they have given the
problem thorough lip service without addressing the real problem:
their pesticides. They even claim to help bees with other products…
As Bayer continues propagating the conspiracy theory that Varroa
mites are the biggest problem facing bee hives, they have also
conveniently developed a solution. Of course it is another
pesticide. This one is called
CheckMite+ and has some serious
problems of its own.
Studies conducted on beeswax queen cups contaminated with CheckMite+
at various concentrations far below the allowable limits were
catastrophic. Very few queens survived the graft, and those that did
hatch were underweight and had problems mating.
So why is Bayer’s subterfuge allowed to continue?
The bottom line is that neonicotinoids account for much of Bayer’s
agrochemical profits since over 90% of US corn acreage is treated
with them - and Bayer’s influence is very strong in both science and
politics, as demonstrated by their history…
Many people think of Bayer simply as the company that makes aspirin
since that is how they were founded.
But they also produce many extremely
toxic substances. In fact, Bayer was one of five companies that
IG Farben in a 1925 merger. IG
Farben was a huge Nazi supporter, and held the patent for the
Zyklon B - which was used in
Holocaust gas chambers.
They also owned 42.2 percent of the company
which manufactured it.
Even more sickening, IG Farben used the
Auschwitz facility to test its chemicals on human subjects.
In 1948, directors of IG Farben were indicted at a U.S. military
tribunal, and at the subsequent Nuremberg Trials, where many were
sentenced to prison for their horrible war crimes. Due to the
severity of the crimes committed by IG Farben during World War II,
the company was considered to be too corrupt to be allowed to
continue to exist.
It was officially put into liquidation
in 1952, but this does not mean the company ceased to be a legal
entity. It continues even today as a corporation "in liquidation",
meaning that the purpose of the continuing existence of the
corporation is being dissolved in an orderly fashion. Its shares are
still traded on German markets.
Clearly too many powerful people stood to lose too much money if IG
Farben had been liquidated immediately.
The same is true of Bayer,
which was obviously allowed to continue operations (along with
partners BASF and Agfa). After all, it would have been a shame to
waste the profits from all that research. So now the world is once
again faced with a Bayer holocaust - only this time it is against
the earth’s bee population.
Bayer will stop at nothing to make a profit… when will they be held