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article imageOp-Ed: France bans Syngenta pesticide linked to decline in bees

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By Mindy Allan
Jun 4, 2012 in Environment
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France bans pesticide linked to a sharp decline in bee populations across the world in recent years. The phenomenon known as Colony Collapse Disorder may be caused by the bees drinking the nectar from the plants spayed with a Swiss made chemical.
Syngenta a global chemical company which is based in Basel Switzerland, rejects ban in France based on not enough evidence, but researchers are defending their studies.
Although research has yet to show clearly the causes of falling bee numbers, scientists are suggesting that a sub-lethal dose of thiamethoxam, a molecule contained in Cruiser OSR pesticide may be the cause of the decline, and collapse of bee colonies. Thiamethoxam is an insecticide in the class of neonicotinoids. It is believed to cause the bees to become disoriented and unable to navigate back to the hive. If this happens to the queen bee, then the hive will collapse.
Syngenta is one of the world's leading companies, with more than 26,000 employees in more than 90 countries and has a U.S. headquarters is in Wilmington, Delaware. In the U.S. Syngenta has problems with its weed killer Atrazine. Syngenta agrees to settle US suit over the herbicide atrazine to avoid further costs.
A judge will make the final ruling on the law suit. Syngenta's plan is to pay out $105 million that could help reimburse nearly 2,000 community water systems that have had to filter the chemical atrazine from its drinking water. Although it has been banned in the European Union, it is still one of the most widely used herbicides in the world. Recent studies suggest that, even at concentrations meeting current federal standards, the chemical may be associated with birth defects, low birth weights and menstrual problems.
Are you living in an area or next to an area that is using atrazine? It may be wise to check your water especially in states that grow large quantities of corn.
There are natural pesticides that don't hurt the environment, or the insects needed to sustain it. Companies like Syngenta who continue to contaminate one community after another with the only thought in mind being money for the company. Change happens when people use their voices and resources to make a difference.
Real change is happening as European countries are waking up to the dangers of chemicals from production to the earth the deadly effects on the environment.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of DigitalJournal.com
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