Commercial beekeeper, Jeff Anderson, discusses shortage of commercial honeybees for California almond pollination due to lack of foraging for honeybees caused by the widespread use of systemic pesticides.
Wantagh, NY -- (SBWIRE) -- 02/20/2013 -- Jeff Anderson, will discuss the shortage of commercial honeybees for this year’s upcoming California almond pollination season In the special series produced by The Organic View Radio Show called “The Neonicotinoid View”, hosts June Stoyer and special guest host, Tom Theobald will discuss this crisis with featured guest, Jeff Anderson. Mr. Anderson is the owner of California-Minnesota Honey farms, which is a commercial migratory beekeeping operation. He also represents the beekeeping industry on the National Beekeeping Advisory Board and The National Pollinator Defense Fund. The discussion will focus on the critical state of California’s almond pollination industry and the devastation caused by neonicotinoid pesticides.
Neonicotinoids are defined by the EPA as a class of insecticides with a common mode of action that affects the central nervous system of insects, causing paralysis and death. All of the neonicotinoids were registered after 1984 and were not subject to reregistration. Some uncertainties have been identified since their initial registration regarding the potential environmental fate and effects of neonicotinoid pesticides, particularly as they relate to pollinators. Data suggests that neonicotinic residues can accumulate in pollen and nectar of treated plants and may represent a potential exposure to pollinators. Adverse effects data as well as beekill incidents have also been reported, highlighting the potential direct and/or indirect effects of neonicotinic pesticides. Therefore, among other refinements to ecological risk assessment during registration review, the Agency will consider potential effects of the neonicotinoids to honeybees and other pollinating insects.
Neonicotinoid pesticides have been a key concern for global bee losses. Commercial beekeepers and environmental groups have been demanding a ban in the United States for several years. Recently, the European Union announced a pending ban on several neonicotinoids which is to go into effect July of 2013. According to statistics from beekeeping groups, the United States may have lost up to 70% of its commercial honeybees even though the antiquated statistics from agency officials claim a 30% estimate of losses.
Callers are welcome to join the conversation during the show by calling (917) 932-1068. The live, Internet talk-radio show will stream from the host page at www.blogtalkradio.com/theorganicview.
“Dutch Toxicologist, Dr. Henk Tennekes predicted this in his research and in his widely acclaimed book, Disaster In The Making” said June Stoyer, Executive Producer of the show. “It is sad to see that the regulatory agencies have allowed this to happen.”
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“The Organic View Radio Show” is a unique, live, interactive, internet talk-radio show that features key leaders, innovators and educators who work within industries that involve organics, environment, politics, living green and sustainability. Host, June Stoyer, explores the background and mission of each guest. Questions are taken by the audience via Twitter, Skype, Facebook and email. The complete archives are available at www.theorganicview.com/podcasts/ iTunes and every major podcasting provider. The show is broadcast live at 12 P.M., Eastern Standard Time and has a global audience with over three million listeners. Featured guests have included: Michael Potter, CEO of Eden Foods, Arran Stephens, CEO of Nature's Path, John Robbins, Trump Chicago, Prince Lorenzo Borghese, Defenders Of Wildlife, Dr. Marla Spivak as well as hundreds of other industry leaders, scientists and experts.
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