BAYER USES BBKA ENDORSEMENT TO SELL PESTICIDES
Posted by borderglider on May 23, 2008
Bayer -the giant multinational pesticide manufacturer is actively using the name and logo of the British Beekeeping Association to promote and sell an insecticide called ‘DECIS’. Take a look at their ‘advert’ at:http://www.bayercropscience.co.uk/content.output/272/781/Crop%20Centre/Insecticides%20Molluscicides/Decis.mspx
ABSTRACT FROM BAYER ADVERT“target=”_blank”
“decis is endorsed by the British Bee Keepers Association when used according to the following guidelines:
Bayer goes on to say that the active insecticide is DELTAMETHRIN and that . . . .
” you can be sure that all the active ingredient you spray will be insecticidal. This is coupled with a long duration of activity, rapid knockdown and short pre-harvest intervals.”
DO YOU THINK THE BBKA’S POSITION IS ACCEPTABLE, OR ILLOGICAL?
Here we have our national beekeeping organisation accepting large sums of cash from Bayer – for endorsing an insecticide as being “bee friendly”; when Bayer’s own marketing blurb stresses that this is a ‘long duration insecticide’ with rapid ‘knock down’. It is appalling that – contrary to the stated objections of many of BBKA’s membership, the excutive has allegedly been in receipt of cash payments in the order of £20,000 per annum since 2003 – for endorsing pesticides which kill bees! You couldn’t make it up! This is the equivalent of Alcoholics Anonymous taking cash from a whisky manufacturing company for endorsing their booze as being “friendly to alcoholics if consumed in the recommended dosage”.