In July 2010 Theobald wrote an article about clothianidin and bees for Bee Culture magazine. “Do We Have a Pesticide Blowout” ignited a conversation about the connection between systemic pesticides, specifically clothianidin, and declining bee populations in the United States.
Tom Theobald’s original article for Bee Culture:
“Clothianidin is agriculture‛s Deep Water Horizon. America‛s farmland is awash in questionable chemicals as surely as the shorelines of the Gulf Coast are awash in crude oil – and for many of the same reasons.
I doubt that there are many readers who have escaped reports of the oil well blowout – the explosion and collapse of the Deepwater Horizon drilling platform and the subsequent environmental disaster that has ensued.
Evidence is mounting that the blowout of the Deepwater Horizon was brought on by a climate of lax oversight by the federal agency responsible for ‘insuring the safety and environmental protection of offshore drilling operations,’ the Mineral Management Service, or MMS. As I’ve listened to the news and read the articles describing events leading up to the explosion I’m struck by the parallel to what has been occurring in the beekeeping world over the past several years…”
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