The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Notice: Registration Reviews: Neonicotinoid Risk Assessments; Summary Response to Comments, and Updated Neonicotinoid Work Schedule
We try and say that bees, butterflies, and other beneficial insects are safe at one part per billion exposure to these pesticides, but Dr. Jonathan Lundgren found that was not true. He was able to determine that at ONE PART PER BILLION BEES AND BUTTERFLIES DIE!
SCIENCE IN AGRICULTURE SHORT COMMUNICATION
Non-target effects of clothianidin on monarch butterflies
Jacob R. Pecenka, Jonathan G. Lundgren, Sven Thatje 2015
Monarch butterflies (Danaus plexippus) frequently consume milkweed in and near agroecosystems and consequently may be exposed to pesticides like neonicotinoids. We conducted a dose response study to determine lethal and sublethal doses of clothianidin using a 36-h exposure scenario. We then quantified clothianidin levels found in milkweed leaves adjacent to maize fields. Toxicity assays revealed LC 10 , LC 50 , and LC 90 values of 7.72, 15.63, and 30.70 ppb, respectively. Sublethal effects (larval size) were observed at 1 ppb. Contaminated milkweed plants had an average of 1.14 ±0.10 ppb clothianidin, with a maximum of 4 ppb in a single plant. This research suggests that clothianidin could function as a stressor to monarch populations.
Also attached is a Rodale Institute study that was done using the scientific method and looked at every type of farming over the course of 40 years to find which was the most effective at crop yields, use of resources, and regenerative.
What they found was that organic farming had yields just as high as GMO/pesticide farming, needed less water because organic matter in the soil was higher, soil microbes were present in high concentrations in organic farmed soils, the kind that REVERSE CLIMATE CHANGE.
Roundup Glyphosate and other pesticides, herbicides, and insecticides have killed 90% of the soil microbes and fungi that pull carbon from the air and lock it in the soil making the nutrition available to plants so no need to add chemical fertilizers.
We've killed 90% of carbon sequestering soil microbes since we're using all these poisons and are now at 410 ppm carbon air. Last time it was this high was when dinosaurs walked the earth.
By stopping the use of pesticides and transitioning to organic we can get back to a safer 350 ppm. Right now we are looking at catastrophic events that could cause loss of life and billions/trillions of dollars in property damage. Much of that will be irreversible.
Everyday we wait, we are speeding up the process as the concentration of carbon keeps getting higher, and can actually reach a point of no return.
I've interviewed many scientists on pesticides, and heard many disturbing stories of what they have done to harm life, but when I found out that neonicotinoids actually contain nicotine like tobacco and that it is ADDICTIVE TO BEES/insects, that was just about the sickest thing I ever heard. Pesticide makers created something that is addictive and kills bees, then people are forced to eat the poison after killing all of the bees and other good insects and who know what all after it is released into the environment.
It is weak plants that insects are attracted to, and that is practically all we grow now. Weak plants devoid of nutrition.
As a registered dietitian I believe in healing with food, but how can you heal with poisoned food that is lacking the nutrition and antioxidants that belong in them? Answer is you can't. All you can do is watch disease rates climb like they are right now.
This is not a food system. Instead it is a system that slowly poisons people and makes them sick not strong.
That is what has happened to the USA. We have an epidemic of obesity, disease, autism in our children (Dr. Stephanie Seneff is predicting with current trends autism will be 80% in boys in 15 years), high infant mortality with low life expectancy. It is even hard to find healthy recruits for the military so I would call that a threat to national security.
Where will the poisoning end? Will we just keep making stronger ones and spray more and more poison even though we are already at over a billion gallons last year. Nature figured it out and why the herbicides don't kill weeds anymore. This means pesticide makers like Monsanto, Dow, Bayer, Syngenta have failed to do as promised. Instead these pesticides are sprayed now more than ever, use has not declined as promised and we have an epidemic of pesticide resistant weeds.
We need to go back to regenerative, sustainable farming practices that don't involve GMO seeds or all of these poisons. Let's support small local farmers, not corporate agriculture that grows mono crops that are there to feed cattle to be sold to other countries, replace diversity of crops, and are used to make a new version of a fast/junk food that compromises our health and add another burden on the healthcare system while cutting our countries productivity.
A great country has a healthy, fit population with excellent healthcare for all. We are so far from that right now and taking down the planet and everyone on it with us. Just look at what happens to the health of populations once our fast food companies move into town. How are we supposed to be proud to be Americans when we are the home of Monsanto and pharmaceutical companies that push their products on people and destroy lives.
We need to get rid of most of these pesticides and learn to live without them! They are destroying our country and the people in it.
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