Although extensive research has been conducted by the global scientific community, ie: Dr. Pettis (USA), Dr. Lu (Harvard), Dr. Goulson (UK) and Dr. Henry (France), the regulatory agencies in the USA and Europe are still not convinced that the neonicotinoids should be removed from the market. Clothianidin, for example was granted conditional registration without going through the full process as dictated by the EPA . The pesticide companies are attributing global bee losses due to everything from varroa mites to poor beekeeping techniques. In this special series called “The Neonicotinoid View”, hosts, June Stoyer and Tom Theobald talk to environmental author and beekeeper, Graham White about the efforts of the wildlife organizations in Europe to take action. Graham White an expert on John Muir, created the John Muir Award which challenges people of all ages to do something for the conservation of nature and wildlife. Graham published the Scottish Environmental Handbook which was the first publication of its kind. He also published The Nature of Scotland as well as a number of John Muirs works. In 1977, Graham hiked from Yosemite to Mt Whitney in a life changing journey which inspired him to create the first environment center in the United Kingdom. Graham began raising awareness against the use of neonicotinoids in 2004 and has also been working to raise awareness about the toxic impact on the entire eco-system. His message is that we are in danger of creating an agricultural environmental that is toxic to wildlife of every kind.
Graham White | neonicotinoids | honeybees | bumblebees | systemic pesticides