Europe Union has banned neonicotinoids and Australia must follow. Not only are honeybee under threat but also our 1500 indigenous bee species including the bluebanded bee.
Neonicotinoids insecticides are currently registered for use in Australia on a range of pests and crops by farmers, growers and home gardeners. Neonicotinoids are systemic nerve poisons and kill insects on contact or ingestion. Exposure to sub-lethal doses causes behavioural disturbances and disorientation, which is ultimately fatal for beehives. If these chemicals are killing bees inevitably they will kill us. With any understanding of economics we ought to realise how crucial bees are to the economy and our food system. The European Union has banned the world’s most widely used insecticides from all fields due to the serious danger they pose to bees.
Australian regulators must do whatever they can to protect bees as they provide an irreplaceable pollination role in our food production. The United Nations insist there is not an issue with feeding the worlds population if we concentrate on small scale localised. More employment opportunities, greater nutrition and quality food. Using poison on food is malignant.