Monday, May 12, 2014

Response to Lu Study on Neonicotinoids and Honey Bees

On Friday, May 9, 2014, the Harvard School of Public Health released a new study by Chensheng Lu via the Bulletin of Insectology. Our scientists have reviewed the study and find it to be seriously flawed.
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RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. (May 12, 2014) – Bayer scientists have reviewed the study and, in their opinion, find it to be seriously flawed for the following reasons:

  • Feeding honey bees levels of neonicotinoids greater than 10 times what they would normally encounter is more than unrealistic – it is deceptive and represents a disservice to genuine scientific investigation related to honey bee health.  
  • Given the artificially high levels tested over 13 consecutive weeks, the colony failure rates observed are completely expected.  
  • Unfortunately, this latest study conducted by Dr. Lu repeats the fundamental flaws seen in his previous research and provides no meaningful information regarding honey bee risk assessment.  
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