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Deck Hazen

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  1. The folks at SumOfUs are starting a campaign to prevent a pesticide company from raising the legal limit of their pesticide in the U.S. I still think we should write an appeal to NZ Garden Store chains and other vendors of neonicotinoid insecticides asking them to withdraw these products from their shelves, but as I can't seem to raise much support for the idea and I can't do it alone, the best I can do is pass along news of what others are doing in this area. Disclosure: I hold no shares in any company that is involved with pesticides and I do not financially profit in any way fro
  2. Thanks for the update Tom - as an ex-American I'm not in a position to criticise any nationality. I think that the criminal Germans of the past will come to be seen as amateurs when the extent of the criminal Americans crimes against humanity is revealed. But I digress - as to the mater of an approach to local retailers regarding bee-harming products I must apologize for suggesting it. It was the kind of mistake a Larva would make and I'll try not to make any more at least until I mature to the next level of development. I'll continue to look for related articles to put up in the
  3. The straw man ploy. I was thinking about asking some impertinent questions like where people are employed, whether or not they hold shares in related companies, if they have relatives that work in the industry - stuff like that - but I'm just a Larva. In any event I don't think we could launch an effective campaign unless we could muster more unity, I guess we have to score this one for the Nics and find some other way to help our bee buddies.
  4. Hi John, Sorry to hear you got sick - I guess Roundup just isn't for everybody. As to the report - what do you think is the cause of the increase in colony losses?
  5. Hi Gary, Great finds! I probably should have asked first, but I threw the Harvard study up on the site in the Resource tab, the "Disease and Pests" section - hope you don't mind - and I'd like to throw more of the stuff you find up there as well. If we get into this thing they will be essential resources. Hi Tom, Can we take it from your comments that you speak (and read) German? If so, I for one would like to learn more about the history of bee protection in Germany - it could inform any efforts we might take over here - following on from Toms take on the ban, was th
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    tends to support the claim of harm
  7. Deck Hazen submitted a new resource: [plain]Neonicotinoids study[/plain] - [plain]tends to support the claim of harm[/plain] Read more about this resource...
  8. Upon closer inspection it appears that the "Sum of Us" campaign is a fund-raiser to 'to fund activist beekeepers who've been watching their bees die for years to take their message directly to the shareholders' at shareholder meetings. The same is true for avaaz which wants "to raise enough to fund the world’s first large scale, grass-roots supported, totally independent study of what's killing our bees" Given that the science isn't there yet it would be hard to launch a signature campaign against a retail chain asking them to pull a profitable product off the shelves based only
  9. Thanks Dave, I've posted a follow-up message in the "members" area. Admin: see here Update to Save the Bees (Sum of Us campaign is a fundraiser) Apparently the jury is still out on the cause of bee deaths and going up against Bayer we'd have to make sure our ducks are properly aligned. My use of language is deliberate and I try not to mince my words unless it's necessary. I view most corporations as evil entities - typically the larger they are the more destructive. But my prejudice doesn't doesn't prevent me from changing my position in the face of new evidence. I tend
  10. Deck Hazen submitted a new resource: [plain]Links to On-line signature campaigns[/plain] - [plain]We could start our own campaign[/plain] Read more about this resource...
  11. Thanks Dave, No guarantees of course, I've been an organizer for a few years at some point, with some issues, you just have to concede that people aren't interested, but considering the import of this issue and the fact that we have a clearly defined and readily available community should give us a fighting chance. If you have any particular resources that you would care to highlight, I'd be grateful for the leg-up. - Deck
  12. Hi Gary, Sure - happy to be involved. The first thing I would like to do is get up to speed on the problem (which products, which stores, have we got rock-solid confirmation that the products are responsible, and can we document the decline in bee populations and link the product(s) to that decline. In short, have we got an air-tight case? It would also be nice to have an alternative product that does the same job without killing bees. If we are sure of our case then I guess a letter to the retailers or retail chain (whoever makes the buying decision) to see if they
  13. Hi Gary and Margaret, I think signing the petition will help, especially if it successful in convincing the 3 U.S.-based chains to pull the product off their shelves as that would high-light the problem to Mitre-10. In addition, we could use the U.S. based petition as a model to create our own NZ-based petition to Mitre-10 and any other retailer selling or considering the product for sale. The decimation of bee populations is a global problem (as I understand it) and affects all of us, the only power we have to confront the destructive actions of multi-national corporations is o
  14. There is an on-line petition to urge retailers to stop selling pesticides that kill bees. ADMIN: link removed as it submitted something unknown on click. Sounds like a good idea to me.
  15. Or possibly an OK guy in a scary bee suit?
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