This information comes from Carol Sawyer regarding the effect 1080 is having on our bee population … it is not good. How can we possibly know the honey we are eating is not being affected? It’s long past time this heinous poisoning practice was stopped. Why is NZ still using it when most of the rest of the world has banned it? (See our 1080 pages & further links at the main menu).
Header image: Kowhai-Swyncombe Rd, Kaikoura, 16 Oct, 2016 (Photo: Carol Sawyer)
GREEN HONEYCOMBS !
Letter to the Editor.
DOES ANYONE CARE FOR OUR OWN BEES
For without them we are lost.
Headlines… EU bans bee killing pesticides :
The EU has just placed a 2 year ban on bee-killing pesticides. (1080 is a broad spectrum pesticide –insecticide and it is fatal to bees and other insects) (Meads ) In 2008 we monitored and filmed the aftermath of the aerial 1080 drop in the Kauaeranga River. We noted that the poisoned pellets not only were present in the Kauaeranga River (Thames Water Supply) in quantity, but they had been sown right across a significant number of bee hives in the area. These cereal baits are made up of about 20% sugar so they were literally crawling with bees. This careless broadcasting of a deadly poison wrapped in an attractive food is an unsavoury practice in more ways than one.
Penny Fisher (Landcare Research) in a paper notes that in Dec 2002 Jan 2003 three honeycomb samples tested from the Taumaranui area after the Tongariro aerial drop were found to contain 1080 residues. This is dangerous practice and a sure way of destroying our export base when this poison is found in our products.
One of our organic bee keepers on the Northern tip of the Coromandel is faced with an immense problem from the 1080 aerial drop due this month. What does he do with his five hundred hives? If any of his hives are within 3 km of a 1080 drop his honey does not meet the organic qualities required for importation in many countries
Not only is this a logistics nightmare to move all the hives but his bees will probably go hungry because there is just not that many good places left on the Coromandel for bees. Many of the wild hives in our forest will not survive this attack on them by the Department Of Conservation.
Graeme and Julie ************
Graeme told me ( November, 2015 ) :
“This is a letter I got printed in the opinions column of the Local Newspaper.
After I had it printed I was rung by the President of the Bee Keepers Association. He asked me if I really had proof of 1080 being found in honeycomb samples tested. I pointed him in the right direction so he could study the Landcare papers for himself.
He was quite friendly after that and said that he had been contacted by a Coromandel Beekeeper who had complained that his Honeycomb had been stained green from the dye in the 1080 baits from a nearby 1080 drop.”
“The oral LD50 in the honey bee is 0.8 ug/bee. Because no deaths occur within 2 hours after feeding, poisoned bees may make several foraging trips before dying.” ( Goodwin and Ten Houten, 1991 ) – and therefore take a lot of 1080 back to the hive first ! ( from “Sodium Monofluoroacetate ( 1080 ) Hazards to Fish, Wildlife and Invertebrates : A Synoptic Review”, Ronald Eisler, 1995, Page 16 ) Note – 1 ug is 1 microgram, or 1,000th of a mg or one millionth of a gram, or 1 billionth of a kg. So a honeybee can die from eating less than 1 billionth of a kg of 1080.