(Posted Wed. Apr 8th, 2015)
With significant media attention being paid to the health of pollinator communities, it is important to recognize the breadth of scientific opinion on this topic. Though many take an alarmist stance based in misinformation, strategies to move forward and ensure a healthy future for our environment and pollinators in particular must be based in sound scientific information.
One new paper released today,”’Beepocalypse’ Not,” provides perspective on how potential bans and restrictions on a class of pesticides called neonicotinoids could do more harm than good for honeybees as more toxic chemicals will likely be used as a replacement.
The papers author, Dr. Angela Logomasini, posits that:
“Honeybee health issues can and will be managed largely by beekeepers themselves along with some collaboration with farmers and even home gardeners. But we won’t reach such solutions if we focus on the wrong issues.
“The best solutions will strike a balance that recognizes the value of targeted and managed use of agrochemicals and minimizes any impact on commercially farmed honeybees and wildlife. Such policies can only be pursued when we dispense with misinformed alarmism and focus on science-based solutions and productive collaboration.”
While this paper represents only one of the many possible voices in an important conversation, it points out the importance of truly examining issues before taking action. Working together with Honey Bee Health Coalition, the National Corn Growers Association works to promote sound science on this and other issues while advocating for corn growers across the country.