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E-M:/ ?Bayer has to take Gaucho and Poncho from the market worldwide?

Enviro-Mich message from Kay Cumbow <kcumbow@greatlakes.net>

Hi folks,

Are these products in use in Michigan? Just wondering since I see they are used on rape, sugar-beet and corn. -Kay Cumbow


Mass death of bees in Germany: pesticide approvals suspended - "Bayer has to take Gaucho and Poncho from the market worldwide"

Press Release, May 21, 2008
Coalition against BAYER Dangers (Germany)

Snip: "The German Office for Consumer Protection and Food Safety (BVL) has ordered the immediate suspension of the approval for eight seed treatment products due to the mass death of bees in Germany's Baden-Wuerttemberg state. The suspended products are: Antarc (ingredient: imidacloprid; produced by Bayer), Chinook (imidacloprid; Bayer), Cruiser (thiamethoxam; Syngenta), Elado (clothianidin; Bayer), Faibel (imidacloprid; Bayer), Mesurol (methiocarb; Bayer) and Poncho (clothianidin; Bayer)."

Snip: "Bayer is the worldmarket leader for pesticides. With sales of 556 million Euro in 2007, imidacloprid is Bayer´s best selling pesticide product. In Germany imidacloprid is used under the brand names Gaucho, Antarc and Chinook, primarily during the cultivation of rape, sugar-beet and corn."

Snip: " 'It's a real bee emergency', said Manfred Hederer, president of the German Professional Beekeeper's Association. 'Fifty to 60 percent of the bees have died on average, and some beekeepers have lost all their hives.' ?

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