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    Transparency
    09.12.2013
    Thank you for your response to my question, Mr. Marchand.

    While I understand asking for review by courts is a fundamental legal right – one that is being exercised by Bayer and Syngenta – I believe that a legal right does not necessarily correlate to a moral or ethical right.

    It is estimated that beekeepers have lost as much as 45% of their hives from 2012 through 2013 because of colony collapse. If we lose our bees completely, we can all say goodbye to agriculture and food production as we know it today. And I can only guess the ensuing financial loss would be many billions of dollars – perhaps into the trillions. This begs the question, would humanity gradually die-off as well, without bees? I don’t know…but is this a chance we’re willing to take?

    It is a fact that pesticides, more specifically, your neonicotinoids, are designed to kill insects. Even though opinions may differ with regard to the cause of colony collapse disorder, common sense tells me that our world’s finest pollinators are being exposed to pesticides along with all the other insects.

    Why would the bees be assumed immune to the deletarious effects of pesticides? Even if one were to argue that viruses and diseases are the cause, one only has to dig a little deeper to see that viruses and diseases overtake damaged immune systems – the bees’ immune systems, that is.

    Thus, why not error on the side of caution if there is even a shred of possibility that neonicotinoids may be the cause of colony collapse disorder? Can we afford to gamble with such high-risk stakes?
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