Monday, September 29, 2008

Pesticide Industry CSR for CCD

There is a new book on honeybees that I would like to recommend. Here is a link to it:

We do not yet have reports of CCD in India, but could become victims at any time. However, I know of at least one farm I visited in July 2008 that no longer had hives, though it was a center of excellence in honeybee rearing until 2000. The majority of farms under intense pesticide covers no longer have any honeybees or other biodiversity conservation measures. 

CCD has devastated agriculture on both sides of the North Atlantic Ocean. This has led to knee-jerk reactions in countries such as Italy, France, and Germany, which have brought abrupt public and regulatory actions against neonicotinoids. The latter are closely linked to genetically modified crops, because seed treatments with neonicotinoids help keep resurgent sucking pests at bay. This is why the Indian pesticide industry should take the lead in combating CCD in pro-active manner.

Keeping pollen free of pesticide residues is the least we can do to keep honeybee mortality at bay. It will help if all farms that use pesticides keep honeybees as well. This will help to recover ecological balances in the event of CCD. Perhaps we should have a national bank of honeybees, and invest in programs to develop hardy and tolerant selections.

IPM during flowering is another cornerstone strategy to conserve the natural honeybee wealth of India. Endogram, Endocel, and Endosulfan-tolerant Chrysoperla makes a safe and effective triad of control measures that can keep pests at bay, and conserve honeybees at the same time.

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