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Also from Far East damning evidence about neonicotinoids

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10 february 2010 francese_18x12 spagnola_18x12 lengua italiana tedesca_18x12


The Ministry of Agricultural and Forestry Policies of Japan, in April 2010, published an article that nails the systemic neurotoxin as the principal cause of the decline of bees and beekeeping (14.75 MB); 92.3% of bees samples from dead hives contained traces of neonicotinoids.

Research has shown what was actually easy to guess, Japan is the country, in relation to surface area, with the highest use of pesticides (7 times America and 2.5 times France).  In the last 10 years the consumption has tripled, thanks to the techniques of chemicals distribution by aircraft (OECD Pesticides Reviews 2002).


It is April and Sakura (cherry blossoms) paint with a pale rose every year delight 160 million of Japanese. Japan, you known, is the land of flowers “でいごの花が咲き” “Deigo no hana ga saki” “deigo flowers blooms,” this is the beginning of “Shima Uta” one of the most popular folk songs; even yosa Buson (1644-1694) one of the greatest exponent of Japanese poetry recites in his hailu (short poem without a strict metrics): “vanishes the echo of the bells of the time, persist the fragrance of flowers by night.”  The examples that testify the Japanese’s passion for flowers are profound, but if the situation does not change, Japanese artists in the future will be forced to find another source of inspiration. The decline of bees and other pollinators which are essential for biodiversity, especially  for plants that use entomophily (pollintation by insects), has also effected the Japanese archipelago putting at risk the ecology and biodiversity of plant and animal species of this beautiful country.

Thanks also to the identification of the causes that the Ministry itself discovered with this research, it would seem easy for them to take rapid measures to curb the problem, but that is not the case!   We know that Japan is a fertile ground for multinational companies that produce products containing noenicotinoids (Nippon soda, Simutomo Chemical, Mitsui Chemical Argo and the well-known Bayer and Syngenta are some examples).

According to the Japanese Ministry there aren’t enough data to consider that neonicotinoids are the main cause of the bee’s decline (as seen above 92.3% is not considered a significant value!?!). And riding a wave of intentional confusion between causes and effects, many still want to say that the most important causes for the decline of bees are varroa and nosema.

Explanations like that should arouse the temper even of  people with a zen lifestyle.  So instead of facing the multinationals company with their poison, the Japanese State simply put, at their own expense, new hives in the areas where the pollinator are disappearing; certainly the new hives, in this condition will have a really short future.

The effect of neonicotinoids isn’t only limited to insects, but also the small life form like amphibians and birds! (Link to a japanise document =>) The magazine “Aera” in the December 2008 edition published a study showing the toxicity of these molecules for man.  Neonicotinoids affects the nervous system and, more specifically the neurotransmitter acetylcholine important for the insect’s brain function. Acetylcholine, however, is also present in vertebrates, including humans, and since neonicotinoids are retained in plants for a long period the contact of those molecules with human, in infinitesimal but important doses, is inevitable.

Which excuse will Ministers adopt when they will have people poisoned by chemical substances that they did not bother to withdraw from the market?


Michele Valleri

1.     Kagabu,S.,1999. Discovery of chloronicotinyl insecticides. In: Yamamoto,I.,Casida,J.E. (Eds.), Nicotinoid Insecticides and the Nicotinic Acetylcholine Receptor. Springer,Tokyo,pp. 91–106.