BeeGate: Science Scandal Or Smear Campaign?

December 8, 2014

Editor’s Note: For an early discussion of this issue from a Bee Health Decline reader, please see here.

From: Forbes

A leaked memo has sparked a tense debate about the impartiality of the science behind European restrictions on neonicotinoid pesticides, widely blamed for killing honeybees.

The June 2010 document was first revealed by a blogger on Tuesday then reported in yesterday’s Times under the headline: “Scientists accused of plotting to get pesticides banned”.

It appears to suggest that the researchers had already made up their minds before seeking evidence to support their opinions, and wanted to publish papers in respected journals in order to pressure governments to act.

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