Bee deaths lead to Minnesota insecticide review

  • Article by: Josephine Marcotty , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 9, 2013 - 9:50 PM

State Agriculture Department will review use and impact of a widely used chemical tied to the dramatic decline in honeybees.

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mnmaidDec. 9, 13 1:27 PM

Two problems: 1). Monsanto's Round-up. Round-up affects queen bees so they cannot reproduce, and kills the worker bees that maintain the colonies. 2). Drainage of wetlands for more tillable soil on farms for increased ethanol production. Without wetlands milkweed and cattails, habitats for monarch butterflies, disappear leading to the disappearance of the butterflies, themselves. Easy fixes: 1). Ban Round-up. 2). Come up with a non-ethanol solution to fuel, or fine farmers that till soil set aside for conservation and/or install drain tiling to drain wetlands in their fields.

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entzelbDec. 9, 13 3:29 PM

I feel like the entire food industry is corrupt and driven purely by profits upon profits. You can't trust what is in the foods you buy. You can't trust how it was produced. I am sensitive to preservatives and certain other things and I know so many people who have been diagnosed as gluten intolerant or celiac and some with peanut allergies. Those conditions weren't as prevalent 20-30 years ago.

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kim5618Dec. 9, 13 3:58 PM

Ms. Marcotty, I hope that you do a follow-up article on the meeting today at the Capitol and what was decided. Thank you for the heads up.

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davethedogDec. 9, 1310:37 PM

Excellent article : hard facts about our actual world--not just fluff designed to get a rise out of the politically obsessed. I wish we could see more actual reporting like this in the Star Tribune every day.

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rlwr51Dec. 10, 13 1:36 AM

People need to check plants that they buy for their home use - flowers and vegetable plants. Start asking nurseries and places like Home Depot and Menard's to stock plants that aren't treated.

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Sutty69Dec. 10, 13 7:00 AM

Are they on the seeds we plant in our garden?

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threein1Dec. 10, 13 7:02 AM

The University of Minnesota's Bee Lab is doing excellent work in this area. I hope they are contributing to the Ag Department's review.

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willmarresDec. 10, 13 8:11 AM

Mnmaid--I'd like more information on Roundup as a bee killer. That's a new one for for me. What is your information source?

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kim5618Dec. 10, 13 8:16 AM

Sutty69: Yes, the neonicotinoids are on conventional seed. The only safe seeds are the organic ones.

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waldorbbDec. 10, 1310:38 AM

Better living througb chemistry until you wake up one day, realize the bees are gone and that the world's food crop is no longer being pollinated. Ooooops!

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