Are Britain’s Rivers In the Same Boat as New Zealand’s Honey, Standing Inaccurately Accused of Neonicotinoid Contamination?

December 29, 2017

Editor’s Note: A highly publicized study asserted that much of the world’s honey is contaminated with neonicotinoids including New Zealand’s mānuka honey despite (1) the honey is gathered in remote locations far from pesticide use and (2) repeated testings of mānuka honey by the New Zealand government have not shown the presence of neonicotinoids.

From: Farmers Guardian

Bayer hits back at pollution allegations after neonicotinoids detected in rivers

Bayer Crop Science has hit back at intensified calls for a full ban on neonicotinoids after traces of the chemicals were detected in rivers across the UK.


“Looking at the information from the Environment Agency, they detected clothianidin in eight river catchments 410 times over the year, but only on 22 occasions did it exceed an arbitrary limit of one microgram per litre of river water.


“We are somewhat puzzled by the observation that 15 of the 22 occasions were in the River Waveney catchment area, with the other seven spread among the other 7 catchment areas studied. Similarly with thiamethoxam.

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