14 Feb '12, 10pm

GM Corn Insecticide Highly Toxic To Bees

Sierra Club, US bee and honey groups urge EPA to ban clothianidin. An insecticide used as a seed treatment on genetically modified corn and other crops has been found to be highly toxic to honey bees, according to a study published recently in the journal PLoS ONE. The study may be a key to solving the mystery of Colony Collapse Disorder that has decimated bee populations over the last five years, causing losses of 30% and more of honey bee colonies every year since 2006, according to the US Department of Agriculture. Found at levels 700,000 times a bee's lethal dosage Scientists at Purdue University documented major adverse impacts from the insecticide clothianidin (product name "Poncho") on honey bee health. The study found that bees are exposed to clothianidin and other pesticides throughout the foraging period. Researchers found extremely high levels of clothianidin-as...

Full article: http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_24878.cfm

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