New South Wales program threatens our entire ecosystem.
In recent months, we have reported on the euthanasia program that has been occurring in New South Wales, as the government launches a biosecurity program to remove detected cases of the varroa mite.
Authorities first detected a case back in June 2022 and began to take action with a culling program.
In November, local beekeepers called for an urgent halt to the program, which saw authorities arriving at properties, taping off beehives and gassing them with chemicals. Issues surrounding justification, compensation and data arose during this time.
In December, New South Wales authorities expanded the designated “red zones” another 10km, with 650 more beehives set to be euthanised, adding on to the over 17,000 that had been targeted to that point.
After this, authorities say because of one beekeeper transporting his hives to a new location, they have to now turn their attention to the wildbees and bate in those that ‘may have escaped’ with the mite.
In an attempt to bate wildbees with the mite, authorities are poisoning other indigenous bees with these techniques.
We are now reaching a point where the (already controversial) controlled program is out in the open, and it seems to already be having impacts on the native populations that occupy these areas (with the mite or without it).
Save The Bees Australia has officially stepped in to oppose the moves and call for an immediate halt to the open bating technique, launching a petition that has already been signed by over 17,000 people:
“Community Voice Central Coast and Save The Bees Australia demand an immediate halt to the poisoning of millions of native Australian bees through Fipronil that is currently occurring in NSW under government orders.”
The chemical being used, Fipronil, is a broad-spectrum insecticide that is toxic to a wide range of insects, not just wildbees.
It also has the potential to harm other pollinators, such as butterflies and indigenous bees, as well as non-target species.
This means that it could have serious ecological consequences, potentially disrupting entire ecosystems.
“Fipronil is known to kill native bees for up to three years – this can destroy the livelihoods of our local beekeepers and spell financial ruin for their families.”
Such an approach is highly indiscriminate, unsustainable and could have devastating consequences for beekeepers and the wider community, experts warn.
They are demanding answers as to why this is allowed to continue, and why alternative methods have not been taken.
Many Australians are calling for answers from the New South Wales government over their reckless program that has devastated local beehive owners and their livelihoods, still to no result.
Honey Wines Australia, who were caught in the ‘red zone’, lost 90% of their beehives in the cull.
The petition asks for an explanation as to why Fipronil, a chemical banned overseas, is allowed to be used here in Australia:
“This poison has already been banned in the UK and Europe because it kills bees. Yet the Fipronil rollout has been approved by our national regulator, the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) who in fact, receives funds from Agrichemical companies.”
They are also calling for further scrutiny of the relationship between Big Agra and this program:
“In light of the conflict of interest with partnerships between government and industry, we are also calling for a judicial enquiry into the relationship between Government, Industry funded lobby groups, and Organisations representing Chemical Company interests who influence Government policies related to Bees.”
As we have explored in previous pieces on this program, there are many natural alternatives available to help contain this mite, which do not include the wiping out of populations with dangerous chemicals.
What is the New South Wales government doing?
Are they really this stupid, or perhaps, could this be an intentional move to disrupt our ecosystem and food chains?
We explored some of these questions recently in regards to mass vaccination of poultry birds to combat H5N1.
What do you think?
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