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Pesticides found in 75 percent of all honey

By T.K. Randall
October 7, 2017 · Comment icon 11 comments

Bees have been in rapid decline in recent years. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 4.0 Maciej A. Czyzewski
Scientists made the alarming discovery during an investigation in to the prevalence of pesticide residue.
The findings, which have been described as 'sobering' and of 'serious environmental concern', suggest that nerve agent pesticides harmful to bees and potentially harmful to humans can be found in approximately three quarters of all honey produced around the world.

Two-fifths of the 198 samples tested contained two residues and ten percent contained up to five.

The discovery not only highlights how bee populations are being exposed to these chemicals but also suggests that humans may be consuming them on a regular basis.
"Beyond doubt... anyone regularly eating honey is likely to be getting a small dose of mixed neurotoxins," said Dave Goulson, Professor of Biology at the University of Sussex.

"In terms of acute toxicity, this certainly won't kill them and is unlikely to do measurable harm."

"What we don't know is whether there are long-term, chronic effects from life-time exposure to a cocktail of these and other pesticides in our honey and most other foods."

Source: Independent | Comments (11)

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Comment icon #2 Posted by Mike Lansing 6 years ago
The reader should note the connections to the Illinois bee-keeper whose bees were confiscated because they were developing resistance to glyphosate. The bee-keeper has also been bitten by a Massasauga rattlesnake in Canada, so the bee-keeper's immune system is also suspect. Having tracked the case a bit, there could be c a connection to the African House Snake for LAMP 1 protein in the rattlesnake, at which point we are free and clear to investigate a potential ebola virus vector trajectory and leave the fruit-bat crib mobiles dangledby the media, behind.
Comment icon #3 Posted by WoIverine 6 years ago
Is anyone surprised? If you don't know where it's from, or the various methods of how it was produced, don't buy it.
Comment icon #4 Posted by Mike Lansing 6 years ago
It's not that easy when Monsanto (contracts [italics]) with the farmer-victims, setting up an exquisitely planned coercion game.
Comment icon #5 Posted by Mike Lansing 6 years ago
Honeybees and flies in a fait acompli, we notethe entomologist as drug pimp as D. suzukii moves into the New Mexican 'hood: 5 Mar 2014 NMSU Entomologist Warns of New Invasive Fruit Fly Arrival to New Mexico They've had three years to mutate. Any follow-up reports? The anti-D. suzukii system we are developing does not concern itself with pesticideor pheromone use.
Comment icon #6 Posted by paperdyer 6 years ago
THis is an iue. THere isn't much we can do about it as long as bees do what bees do. You'd have to have farms just for the bees where no pesticides are used on the plants pollinated by the honey bees.themthne lately. I'm worried about the killer bees that are coimg North. We haven't heard much about them lately.
Comment icon #7 Posted by Mike Lansing 6 years ago
You did not read the New Mexican report, because until D. suzukii showed up, they did not use pesticides on the berries, the same scenario you describe for honeybee farms.
Comment icon #8 Posted by UFOwatcher 6 years ago
But I like bee vomit...
Comment icon #9 Posted by EBE Hybrid 6 years ago
Not a suprise, those areas are going to require more pesticide to sustain the farming industries that support large populations. If we had a dramatic drop in population numbers we may be able to do with fewer pesticides but that would require a globalresponsible for not having more than one child (for a few decades at least, to show any real benefit), the trouble with that is if a culture decides not to uphold it's responsibilities and siezes the opportunity to increase it's percentage of the population this may be viewed as unfair by other cultures that wish to uphold their responsibilities ... [More]
Comment icon #10 Posted by Mike Lansing 6 years ago
The New Mexican entomologist, by promoting pesticide use in New Mexico,is going the wrong way. So too the EPA in today's coal-mining report,which as wehave shown on other threads, links to Microcystis. We nowlink Microcystis precisely to the New Mexican entomologist's error in addressing the D. suzukii problem. Like the system we are developing, the German approach does not use pesticides, pheromones, nor vinegar-yeast traps, though that system is less labor-intensive than ours: Microcystis / Beta-Cyclocitral Max Planck Gesellschaft / Drosoph... [More]
Comment icon #11 Posted by Mike Lansing 6 years ago
2012 The Cloudforest Gardener / Drosophila suzukii '....Thanks to this pest, I will say my good byes to the majority of the soft fruit crops I have grown so far.'

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