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It's Varroa, not Neonics - says US Regulatory Center

Center for Regulatory Effectiveness compiles memorandum to help draw up a bee health action plan

Oct 22, 2014
It's Varroa, not Neonics - says US Regulatory Center

“Is Varroa Destructor or Neonicotinoid Pesticides Responsible for Bee Health Decline?” is the topic of a CRE memorandum to assist national deliberations on pollinator strategies. The memorandum summarizes the recent research, findings and statements of several national regulatory authorities concerning Varroa destructor and neonicotinoids.

These authorities include the British Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), New Zealand’s Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI), and Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA).

And here is the verbatim conclusion of the memorandum:

“The reviews of these regulatory authorities make clear that

  • Varroa mites are, by far, the greatest threat to feral and managed honey bees around the world,
  • Neonicotinoids pose no threat to pollinators when used in accordance with regulatory requirements, and
  • Studies which blame neonicotinoids for contributing to bee health decline are poorly designed and rely on massively overdosing sample bee populations.”


The memorandum was compiled to assist the US Pollinator Task Force in preparing a Research Action Plan.

President Obama himself had charged the Task Force with determining “the relative contributions of and mitigation strategies for different stressors leading to species declines and colony collapse disorder”.  

Read the memorandum.


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