Wed, 24 November 2010
Has the British Bee Keepers Association been lying to us for 10 years? Interview with Dr Bernie Doeser
This episode will be of particular interest to British beekeepers - especially those who are - or have been - or may one day be members of the British Bee Keepers Association - the BBKA.
Bernie Doeser's report can be downloaded from here - http://tinyurl.com/bbkapesticides
The BBKA's announcement is here - http://www.britishbee.org.uk/news/statements/bbka-strategic-review-the-plant-protection-industr.shtml
Why has the BBKA failed to support other European bee keeping organizations and oppose the use of neonicotinoids? Is it because they are the only ones in the pay of Bayer?
Thanks Phil, there is a great deal of confusing news in the mainstream media both in the UK and abroad (here in the US) as to the actions and intentions of the largest Agribusiness companies and their products. Bernie does a great job clarifying that several products Bayer stamped with BBKA approval are indeed toxic to Bees in both low and hi doses. His sleuthing shows BBKA is either ridiculously incompetent in selling their endorsement, or just in it for the money. Lets hope this helps pressure BBKA to do right by the bees and forego the corporate "judas" money. Great job Phil!
Thanks for this Phil, absolutely fascinating. the BBKA capitulation on this matter is a vindication of all the work you and other thoughtful beekeepers have done. We were right, all the arguments, our lobbying, challenging and forensic dissecting of the BBKA position in the face of insults and critisism have obviously paid off. Perhaps there should be a legal case against the BBKA for the damage that has been done to bee health through their reckless endorsing of pesticides.Any environmental lawyers out there?