Popular Pesticides Keep Bumblebees From Laying Eggs
A new study is adding to evidence that a popular class of pesticides, neonicotinoids, can harm wild bees, like bumblebees.

Wild bees, such as bumblebees, don’t get as much love as honeybees, but they should.

They play just as crucial a role in pollinating many fruits, vegetables and wildflowers, and compared to managed colonies of honeybees, they’re in much greater jeopardy.

A group of scientists in the United Kingdom decided to look at how bumblebee queens are affected by some widely used and highly controversial pesticides known as neonicotinoids. What they found isn’t pretty.

Neonics, as they’re often called, are applied as a coating on the seeds of some of the most widely grown crops in the country, including corn, soybeans and canola. These pesticides are “systemic” — they move throughout the growing plants. Traces of them end up in pollen, which bees consume. Neonicotinoid residues also have been found in the pollen of wildflowers growing near fields and in nearby streams…


This bee is licking sugar from a q-tip as part of a “proboscis extension reflex” assay.  This experiment, at a lab in Penn State University, is used to test the memory and learning ability of bees.  Researchers expose the restrained bee to a smell and then offer it a sugar reward.   Then after a pause, they expose the bee to the same smell and see if it sticks out its tongue (also called proboscis) in anticipation of the reward.  If it does, then you know is has learned to associate the smell with food. 

Researchers have used this test to show that very small amounts of pesticides and even “inactive" agricultural spray additives are harming bees’ ability to remember where their food is.

This bee was photographed for a story on honeybees in the May issue of National Geographic.

- Anand Varma (@anandavarma), National Geographic photographer

Pollution and toxic contamination know no boundaries, nor do the birds we care about at ABC. That’s why we’re so concerned about the bill introduced in the House of Representatives to terminate the Environmental Protection Agency and leave protection of “environmental assets” to the states.

In the words of Cynthia Palmer, our Director for Pesticides Science and Regulation, “We need national standards to keep the air and water safe for all of us. The states can play an important role in fine-tuning their environmental protections to address local needs. But we cannot expect each state to carry out the in-depth assessments needed on thousands of toxic chemicals, many of which are lethal to birds as well as to people. The proposal to axe the EPA is part of the unprecedented sellout of basic environmental protections to special interests.”

Please call your reps and ask that they not support H.R. 861 or any bill that undermines #EPA’s ability to protect the environment!

Photo of Lucy’s Warbler by Scott Olmstead/Flickr

“ Toxic fluoride poison is good for your teeth

Toxic vaccines are good for your immunity

Genetically modified foods that cause cancer will feed the world

Medications that make you more sick, will make you healthy

Your car needs all its’ parts but you’ll run better if a surgeon removes some of yours

Slavery is freedom

Cancer causing cell phones are good to carry with you all day

War is peace

Taxation isn’t theft

Repeating the lies of known liars means you’re smart

Children don’t remember or even feel circumcision

Pesticides that kill bugs won’t affect you when applied to your food

Mercury is toxic but magically becomes healthy if it’s in your teeth fillings or vaccinations

Pooping and peeing into the water you drink is perfectly sane

Poisoning the animals and food you eat won’t affect your health

It’s OK to work immoral and unethical jobs if it pays the bills “  Jason Christoff

anonymous asked:

how is it that you're so intelligent and you know exactly all the harmful things these drugs do, yet you use them?

That is the intriguing paradigm. All entities are born with knowledge that they will parish. No entity is born under the pre-supposition that they are to live forever. 

The only uncertainty is how one is to perish, and there are never any guarantees. 

All actions that one does in life sacrifices another potential action. 

With that being said, we personally do not consume any substances that explicitly shorten our life span or have any toxic byproducts. We consume only heavily researched substances on a non-massive dose basis. 

Comically I can assure you, that most of the pesticides and plastic decomposition products that most people in first world society’s consume is far more dangerous than the drugs that I consume. 

Horned Lark is just one of the many birds affected by chlorpyrifos, a pesticide that was, until yesterday, on track to be banned by the EPA for use in agricultural fields. It was banned for home use years ago.

“We’re disgusted by Mr. Pruitt’s decision to yield to corporate interests, given the dangers posed by chlorpyrifos to birds, children, and agricultural workers,” said Cynthia Palmer, Pesticide Program Director at American Bird Conservancy (ABC). Chlorpyrifos, one of the most-used pesticides in the United States, has been killing birds and poisoning the environment for the past half-century.

Because of those risks to wildlife and to human health, ABC has been calling for a ban on the use of chlorpyrifos for years. Environmental Protection Agency scientists agreed and were on course to ban the pesticide this month.

But then, EPA chief Scott Pruitt rejected the conclusion of the agency’s own pesticide experts, who had recommended that EPA forbid use of the pesticide permanently at farms nationwide. Rebuffing a petition filed by environmental groups a decade ago, Mr. Pruitt took “final agency action,” which may not be revisited until 2022.

Studies show that women and children are particularly at risk from exposure to chlorpyrifos. ABC is also very concerned about the documented threat chlorpyrifos poses to birds, especially to endangered species. This past summer, EPA’s draft biological evaluation on threatened and endangered species found that chlorpyrifos is “likely to adversely affect” 97 percent of all wildlife, including more than 100 listed bird species.

Speak out: Tell your elected representatives that chlorpyrifos must be banned!

#americanbirdconservancy #chlorpyrifos #pesticides #epa #pruitt #birds #hornedlark #insecticides