Pesticide for NeoCons?
McKie & Webster
Pesticide for NeoCons ?
Mon Mar 1 09:10:59 2004

Pesticide Accused Of
Killing 90 Billion Bees
By Robin McKie and Paul Webster
The Observer - UK

PARIS -- Europe's chemical trade faces the prospect of many of its pesticides being banned in a row over the death of French bees.

Pesticides are used to impregnate seeds for plants such as maize and sunflowers. These chemicals are then slowly released, protecting plants from insect attacks. The pesticide - sold under a variety of names including Regent TS, Gaucho, Shuss, Jumper and Zoom - attacks insects by destroying their sense of direction and should disappear as the treated plants grow.

But almost immediately after the chemicals were introduced 10 years ago, beekeepers reported that their bees were becoming disoriented and dying, Within a few years honey production in south-west France fell by 60 per cent. According to the chairman of the national beekeepers' association, Jean-Marie Sirvins, a third of the country's 1.5 million registered hives disappeared. As a result, France has had to import up to 24,000 tons of honey annually.

The pesticide companies - which include major chemical firms such as BASF and Bayer - claimed the deaths were the result of a bee illness. Emmanuel Butstraen, head of the French branch of the German multinational BASF, said its product, Regent TS, had been cleared for use by other European countries. 'The product had no effect on the mortality of bees,' he said.

But keepers claim that up 90 billion bees have died and that cases of cancers in humans may be linked to pesticide use. An investigation has now been launched by a French court.

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