Day: January 14, 2022

UK: UK Charities Condemn Pathetic Government ‘Betrayal’ of Allowing Bee-Killing Pesticide In Sugar Beet Crops.

WAV Comment – As if the UK government is not in enough deep water with their Covid drinks parties ! – another issue to anger the general public and to head them deeper down to road to election loss next time round. Pathetic by ignoring scientific advice – but then they, the fools, have always thought of themselves as better. The people will decide.

The government has ignored the advice of its scientific advisers to allow sugar beet farmers to deploy a banned bee-killing neonicotinoid pesticide in 2022.

British Sugar has successfully applied for an exemption to permit the banned pesticide, known as Cruiser SB, to be used in England this year because of the threat to sugar beet posed by a virus transmitted by aphids.

The decision by the environment secretary, George Eustice, to allow the “emergency” use of the neonicotinoid thiamethoxam came despite the Health and Safety Executive and the government’s expert committee on pesticides concluding that the requirements for an emergency authorisation had not been met, and that pollution from the pesticide would damage river life.

Announcing the decision, the environment secretary said that farmers would be forbidden from growing flowering plants for 32 months after the sugar beet crop to reduce the risk to bees, but admitted: “It was not possible to rule out completely a degree of risk to bees (and this is the case even with a 32-month exclusion) from flowering plants in or near the field in the years after neonicotinoid use.”

Environmental charities condemned the move as “shameful” and “a betrayal”.

Sandra Bell, campaigner at Friends of the Earth, said: “Allowing a bee-harming pesticide back into our fields is totally at odds with ministers’ so-called green ambitions, not to mention directly against the recommendation of their own scientists. This decision comes just two months after the government enshrined in law a target to halt species loss by 2030.”

Stephanie Morren, senior policy officer for the RSPB, said: “As we tackle the nature and climate emergency on our doorsteps we need decision-makers to support our farmers in delivering sustainable farming. This means upholding the ban on highly toxic pesticides like neonicotinoids, and instead working to support our farmers in reducing their reliance on these harmful chemicals.”

Matt Shardlow, chief executive of Buglife, said: “Neonicotinoids approved under the current pesticide approval process devastated populations of wild bees and heavily polluted rivers. It is shameful that no action has been taken to ensure that bee and wildlife destroying pesticides are properly assessed as being pollinator safe before they are approved or derogated for use.”

Neonicotinoids were banned for agricultural use across the EU and Britain in 2018 due to their devastating impact on bee populations. Tiny traces of these toxic chemicals in crop pollen or wildflowers damage bees’ ability to forage and navigate. A recent scientific study found that even a single exposure to a neonicotinoid insecticide could significantly damage future generations’ ability to reproduce.

The exemption for Cruiser SB was also granted in 2021 but was not needed by sugar beet farmers because modelling indicated that the yellows virus carried by aphids would pose no threat. In 2020, according to the government, the virus destroyed a quarter of the national crop.

Defra spokesperson said: “This decision has not been taken lightly and is based on robust scientific assessment. We evaluate the risks very carefully and only grant temporary emergency authorisations for restricted pesticides in special circumstances when strict requirements are met.

WAV Comment – ‘evaluate risks carefully’ = Defra bullshit.

“Last year the threshold was not met so the authorisation was never exercised. Strict criteria remain in place meaning this authorisation will only be used if necessary.”

UK charities condemn ‘betrayal’ of allowing bee-killing pesticide in sugar beet crops (

Regards Mark


Bees will die as ministers approve toxic banned pesticide for second time, warn experts (

Bees will die as ministers approve toxic banned pesticide for second time, warn experts

A third of the UK bees have disappeared in 10 years  - AFP via Getty Images
© AFP via Getty Images – A third of the UK bees have disappeared in 10 years

Ministers have given the go-ahead for farmers to use a banned bee-harming pesticide in England for the second year running.The government went against the advice of its own scientific advisers, who said they did not see the justification for applying the neonicotinoid to sugar beet this year.

A single teaspoon of thiamethoxam is toxic enough to kill 1.25 billion bees, according to biology professor and insect expert Dave Goulson, and wildlife chiefs warned the decision could devastate already-struggling bee populations.

Environment officials announced they will permit the use of the pesticide to try to combat a virus transmitted by aphids.

They say the UK’s sugar harvest could otherwise be at risk this year and that “its exceptional temporary use will be tightly controlled and only permitted in very specific circumstances when strict requirements are met”.

Neonicotinoids are considered so harmful that they were banned by the UK and the EU in 2018, but since then 12 countries, including France, Denmark and Spain, have also granted emergency permits for neonicotinoid treatments to go ahead.

This time last year there was an outcry when ministers first gave beet farmers the green light to apply the pesticide, although eventually it was not used because a cold winter killed off the aphids.

Wildlife experts warned the decision “sounds a death knell for millions of bees and other insects” and flies in the face of government pledges to halt biodiversity loss.

The Pesticide Collaboration, which encompasses environmental organisations the RSPB, Friends of the Earth, Buglife and the Wildlife Trusts, said the would harm of wildlife and that the government should increase protection for bees and other wildlife from the harm caused by pesticides.

Minutes from a meeting of the Expert Committee on Pesticides say members agreed that the requirements for emergency authorisation had not been met and that pesticide water pollution caused by the decision would harm river life.

Even minute traces of neonicotinoid chemicals in crop pollen or wild flowers “play havoc with bees’ ability to forage and navigate, with catastrophic consequences for the survival of their colony”, according to the RSPB.

recent study showed that even one instance of exposure of a “neonic” insecticide significantly harmed bees’ ability to produce offspring.

A third of the UK bee population is thought to have vanished in a decade, yet up to three-quarters of crop species are pollinated by bees, studies show.

Thiamethoxam is a seed treatment, taken up by the whole plant, including the flower, pollen and juices from the plant insects forage on, wildlife experts say.

Sandra Bell, of Friends of the Earth, said: “Allowing a bee-harming pesticide back into our fields is totally at odds with ministers’ so-called green ambitions.”

Joan Edwards, of The Wildlife Trusts, said the decision was “a clear betrayal of promises made to protect the natural world and comes at a time when nature declines are worse than ever”, adding: “Less than two months ago the government adopted a legally binding commitment to halt the decline of wildlife by 2030 within its flagship Environment Act – the authorisation of this neonicotinoid flies in the face of this commitment and sounds a death knell for millions of bees and other insects.”

A Defra spokesperson said: “This decision has not been taken lightly and is based on robust scientific assessment. We evaluate the risks very carefully and only grant temporary emergency authorisations for restricted pesticides in special circumstances when strict requirements are met.

“Strict criteria remain in place meaning this authorisation will only be used if necessary.”

The government also says work on gene editing will help develop crops that are more resistant to aphids.

WAV Comment – I (Mark) am so angry about this; we are trying so hard to encourage bee reproduction and increase numbers with our ‘Bee Hotels’; and yet here we have a dickhead government that simply appears to give the green light to the deaths of millions more. Dickhead government by name, dickhead government by nature.

Here below you can see a few pictures of our bee hotel once we had made it. The little chambers in each log act as breeding tunnels for new bees to develop and then go into the wild as pollinators.

Maryland -USA: Pig heart transplant in human body

According to media reports, at the University of Maryland in the USA, a pig heart was transplanted for the first time in a patient with severe heart disease.
That sounds like a medical miracle.
But only if you don’t look at the medical facts, as the nationwide association Doctors Against Animal Experiments points out.

In xenotransplantation, an organ from an animal is transplanted into another species. Even a transplantation within a species leads to massive acute and chronic rejection reactions of the body, which can only be kept in check by lifelong administration of drugs that suppress the immune system.

In the case of transmission from one animal species to another, this defensive reaction is far more severe.
One tries to control this rejection by “humanizing” the donor animal.
Human genetic material is introduced into pigs and genes responsible for rejection reactions are switched off. This is what happened in the current case, in which the heart of a genetically modified pig was implanted in a man in the USA.

The organs of these genetically modified animals should not be recognized by the recipient’s immune system.
“A feared hyperacute reaction has apparently been prevented in the current case,” says Dr. Gaby Neumann, research associate at Doctors Against Animal Experimentation.

Bartley P. Griffith, MD and patient, David Bennett © University of Maryland School of Medicine

“But one has to assume that there will also be delayed rejection reactions.

Therefore, the organ recipient will definitely have to take immuno-lowering drugs that go far beyond the levels known from human heart transplantation.”
This human experiment has been preceded by animal experiments for years, in which pig hearts are planted in monkeys – mostly baboons.

The primates are exposed to a veritable cocktail of drugs that would hardly be feasible for use in humans.

Among other things, the animals receive painkillers, cortisone and a variety of other drugs and antibodies to lower blood pressure or support the circulatory system, to suppress a rejection reaction, to prevent thrombosis, to suppress inflammation, bacterial and viral infections and to form red blood cells.
All drugs have a wide range of serious side effects.

Nevertheless, most monkeys die from organ failure within hours or a few days.
In Germany, too, such xenotransplantation experiments have been carried out for decades at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich.

Another problem is the potential risk of uncontrolled spread of previously unknown diseases.
Viruses that are harmless to pigs but potentially dangerous to the human recipient of the organ can hide in the pig’s genome.
And not only for him.
Because at the latest through Corona, we know that animal pathogens can change and spread to humans.
In the late 1990s, foreign organ research almost came to a standstill when it was discovered that porcine retroviruses (PERV) can infect human cells in the test tube.

Even if the enormous hurdles in rejection are to be overcome, it remains unknown how a pig organ reacts to human lifestyle.
The much higher cholesterol levels in humans than in pigs can lead to blood vessel blockage.
To date, nobody knows whether animal organs can be regulated by human hormones at all.

It is also unknown to what extent the much shorter life span of the pig affects the transplanted organ.

“Especially for the benefit of patients, the solution to the acute shortage of organs cannot lie in completely incalculable xenotransplantation,” says Neumann.

“Much more important is the increased focus on improving preventive measures and the development of new therapy options with the help of sensible, human-relevant high-tech methods that do not use animals.”

And I mean…“There are simply not enough donor human hearts available to meet the long list of potential recipients,” explained Bartley P. Griffith, who transplanted the pig heart, adding that though the scientists were “proceeding cautiously” with their research, they are “optimistic that this first-in-the-world surgery will provide an important new option for patients in the future”

Of course! Donating human organs requires the donor’s consent.
Animals are bred at will, genetically manipulated, and in the end they are slaughtered and what is needed is taken from them.
They don’t have to be asked, they are “only” animals and those without rights are not respected

I’m still waiting for the FIRST PIG that gets a human heart.

My best regards to all, Venus