The government is liberally spraying EU banned insecticide naled over the US post-Hurricane Harvey threatening already dwindling bee populations
The US could potentially obliterate it’s already dwindling bee population as it utilizes an EU banned insecticide called naled in an attempt to stave off disease infected mosquitos post-hurricane Harvey. Environmentalists are up in arms, while the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) plays dumb. Beekeepers and concerned citizens are worrying about the potentially tragic consequences of the use of the insecticide considered unsafe in other parts of the western world.
Mosquito risk vs Insecticide risks
News reports confirmed on 13 September that aerial mosquito spraying over the Harvey effected area would commence imminently. Both local and state health authorities recommended that around 600,000 acres of Housten be doused in the controversial insecticide naled to control mosquitos carrying potentially deadly diseases.
Health officials are concerned that the localities vast grasslands and lawns will provide an optimal breeding ground for these disease-carrying insects. One of the diseases that the health agencies are most concerned about is the West Nile virus. Consequently, the report confirmed that the spraying operation would entail Airforce cargo planes dumping Dibrom over the locality. Dibrom is one and the same as naled. Authorities in Europe do not permit its use. So why do the US authorities believe it is okay?
The report then goes on to warn beekeepers to protect their bee colonies during the spraying, preemptively. Sadly, this is a warning that authorities failed to give to Florida beekeepers a year ago when they sprayed naled near Miami beach after fears that the Zika virus would create an epidemic in the area. The authorities decided to dump the dangerous insecticide after 56 Floridians became infected with the virus.
Danger to bee population
Shockingly, the governments reckless spraying decimated the livelihood of Floridian beekeepers and millions of bee colonies. Unbelievably, Florida authorities failed to warn the beekeepers. And with bee populations dropping so dramatically since the end of World War II, this is a travesty!
Bees pollinating on our behalf is the only possible way we can obtain around one-third of the food we eat. However, by 2050, there may not be enough bees to sustain the food requirements of what experts suggest will be an increase of the global population to around 9.7 billion. In 1945 experts estimated that bee populations stood at around 4.5 million. In 2007, this number had dropped by over a half and has dropped considerably ever since.
The causes behind bee population decline are multiple and interacting. Things like diseases, parasites, flowerless landscapes and monoculture are causing bees to die out. And devastatingly, one of the worst culprits responsible for bee population decline is pesticides. Pesticides like naled.
Naled is an organophosphate. Despite being banned in the EU, the US continues to justify its use. The US mostly uses it for mosquito control, but they also use it in industrial agriculture. Naled itself has cholinesterase inhibiting mechanisms. It can irritate the eyes and skin. Additionally, it can cause chronic nervous system damage leading to paralysis. And without question, it is commonly understood that it is deadly to bees.
Even worse, the ingredients used with naled are potentially even more dangerous to humans. 1,2,4-trimethylbenzene is not only an irritant and nervous system depressant, but it also causes nausea, fatigue, headaches, anxiety, and asthma. Naphthalene is also combined with naled. The EPA has listed naphthalene as a “possible human carcinogen” as it has caused tumors to develop in the lungs of animals. It notoriously causes nausea, diarrhea, anemia, lethargy, and headaches.
Who can you believe anymore?
The government would like you to believe that its choice to spray naled to control mosquitoes is safe. However many suspect that the corporate giants that create the naled product that authorities wish to spray, Dibrom, have financial interests involved.
It is hard to know who or what to believe these days. Corporate interests in the government, like the alleged Monsanto financial interests in the state, can cause one to feel concerned that average citizens are not valuable, and are in fact expendable.
Others are of the opinion that the health risk posed by mosquitoes outweighs the health risks posed by the toxic insecticide naled. What do you think? Leave your thoughts below.